Asian communities have suffered a disturbing rise in violence across the world. Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, more than 3,000 reports of racist attacks against Asian-Americans have been collected by one advocacy group alone. Unfortunately, numbers like these understate the actual number of anti-Asian hate incidents, because most are not documented. Reports of hate incidents (both physical and verbal abuse) encompass all overt acts of racial prejudice aimed at individuals and businesses.
PepsiCo unequivocally believes that racism, xenophobia and violence have no place in our society. All of us deserve to be treated as human beings, with dignity, empathy and respect.
We believe it is vital to listen to those who have endured systemic racism and use our size and scale to break down barriers. That means putting ourselves in another person’s shoes, especially if it makes us uncomfortable, and then leaning into that discomfort, because that’s where true understanding, reconciliation and progress thrive.
It’s also essential for the growth of our business. We know that we are strongest when we have a diverse and inclusive workforce, one comprised of people of different races, religions, backgrounds and experiences. Asian communities are a vast and vital part of this fabric. Our diversity has long propelled us forward, and it will continue to be a powerful enabler in our effort to become a Faster, Stronger and Better company.
As part of that effort, The PepsiCo Foundation is stepping up in support of Asian communities with a grant to the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC), to support small businesses that have been disproportionally impacted by the pandemic and racism.
To all of you who are simply exhausted, saddened or more than justifiably angered by recent events, know that we’re in this fight together. We will keep using our voice to speak out against injustice. And we will not back down until we have done the work to forge a safer, brighter, more prosperous future for all.