PepsiCo conducts research to deliver a wide range of innovative foods and beverages, react to consumer demands and raise the bar on sustainability. To help ensure that research findings associated with our products and innovations are scientifically valid and have integrity in the public eye and that publication of the findings maintains the trust of key stakeholders, PepsiCo only works with researchers who apply the highest ethical standards and rigor in their work.
To the World:
PepsiCo research covers topics that impact both the company and people around the world, such as human health and environmental sustainability. Research therefore should follow ethical and scientific principles including transparency, freedom from outside interest and peer review, so decisions made based on such research are both sound and ethical.
PepsiCo employs a large team of scientists, technologists and engineers who conduct research aiming to answer key questions about human nutrition and physiology, including the efficacy of current products and ingredients and potential future innovations. The Research and Development (R&D) team works to shape PepsiCo’s future by delivering innovation for our beverages and convenient foods portfolio and developing solutions to systemic problems that the company faces in both nutrition and sustainability.
All of our R&D locations globally adhere to responsible research practices and apply the highest ethical standards in all aspects of their work. Our Life Sciences team conducts clinical research internally at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute laboratories, as well as with external partners like academic institutions or Contract Research Organizations (CROs). PepsiCo’s clinical studies are registered in the U.S. National Library of Medicine database (clinicaltrials.gov) and collected on our Health & Nutrition Sciences Publications database. Additionally, our study findings are published in peer-reviewed journals to advance science and share knowledge with the scientific community.
Recently there has been public attention concerning the susceptibility of research to biases of various kinds with most attention to potential bias from industry funding of bio-medical and nutrition research. Adherence to ethical principles is essential in all branches of research. Only ethically sound research can achieve public acceptance and trust and demonstrate the integrity required of PepsiCo researchers in alignment with the PepsiCo Global Code of Conduct. To help ensure that PepsiCo research will continue to be of the highest ethical quality, we developed the PepsiCo Position on Conduct of Scientific Research. The Position is shared with prospective external research partners prior to initiating academic and clinical research agreements. The Position also provides that PepsiCo’s sponsorship does not in any way change or seek to influence the outcome of any study that we fund. PepsiCo bars itself from editing, delaying or preventing a publication because of the outcome of the findings or results.
PepsiCo does not conduct or fund research (including by third parties) that utilizes human tissue or cell lines derived from embryos or fetuses. Furthermore, in line with our Global Policy on Animal Welfare, PepsiCo does not conduct animal tests with respect to our food and beverage products or ingredients, except when required by law to demonstrate safety or efficacy. PepsiCo revises our clinical practices as necessary by reviewing and implementing industry guiding principles and best practices to be consistent with international standards such as the International Conference on Harmonization Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Guideline which is endorsed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. GCP is a process that incorporates established ethical and scientific quality standards for the design, conduct, recording and reporting of clinical research involving the participation of human subjects. Compliance with GCP provides public assurance that the rights, safety and well-being of research subjects are protected and respected, consistent with the principles stated in the Declaration of Helsinki and other internationally-recognized ethical guidelines and ensures the integrity of clinical research data.
June 29, 2023