Ramon Laguarta

Our Journey to Sustainability: The pep+ Story

In 2021, we introduced a new North Star to guide our work at PepsiCo: pep+ (“PEP Positive”). It's not just a business strategy; it's a transformative journey across our operations, from production to marketing to distribution. It's our vision to deliver a more sustainable, people-centric future, driving growth and value, for everyone.

Since 2021, the importance of our strategy has only grown clearer. We are dependent on the earth, relying on its resources to grow crops and produce the foods, snacks and drinks that bring joy and smiles to millions of people every day. pep+ is our strategy to nurture the soil, air, and water that sustain us, positioning our company for future success and seeking to positively impact the communities we touch around the world, today and for future generations.

The pep+ expo which we held at our New York headquarters last year exemplified our work. It was a gathering of minds and passion, where associates showcased sustainable farming practices, cutting-edge technologies, and innovative packaging solutions. The stories shared there were a testament to the deep integration of pep+ into the operations of PepsiCo.

This spirit of transformation echoed across the globe, with over 20 additional expos demonstrating our scale of change. From visits to our sites worldwide, I've seen our efforts in action – including digital tools saving water, programs aiming to support the communities in which we operate, and ongoing work to become resilient to climate change.

“pep+ is our strategy to nurture the soil, air, and water that sustain us, positioning our company for future success and seeking to positively impact the communities we touch around the world, today and for future generations.”

Ramon Laguarta
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Ramon Laguarta

Last year, we made tremendous progress against many of our goals while also seeking to address challenges to others. Virgin plastic use and scope 1 and 2 emissions went down compared to 2022. We doubled our regenerative farming footprint. We made further improvements to water efficiency and introduced innovative new packaging. We continue to improve the nutritional qualities of our biggest selling brands. We set new goals on sodium and on including positive nutrients, such as legumes and whole grains, across our food portfolio. And on beverages we made low and zero sugar drinks the key pillar of our growth strategy.

At the same time, we've made real strides in our goal of improving the lives of many farmers through dedicated programming aiming to support economic prosperity, cut emissions, and increased our use of recycled plastic. Our focus on diversity is unwavering, with women and underrepresented groups making up a growing portion of our leadership.

None of this would be possible without our people, who have woven pep+ into the fabric of our culture. From leadership to grassroots initiatives, our associates are the driving force behind our progress.

Yet, our journey is far from complete. We aim to continue to be best-in-class company, and we know that requires creative collaborations and bold partnerships. This year, we've forged alliances across sectors, pushing the boundaries of what's possible in sustainability.

We're innovating, experimenting, and sharing both the risks and rewards. Together, we're making changes that matter – for our planet, our communities, and our business.

It's a challenging path, but every step is worth it. With pep+ guiding us, we're building a future that's better for people, the planet, and our business.

Thank you for walking this path with us.

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Ramon Laguarta
PepsiCo Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Jim Andrew

From the CSO

“Since launching pep+ we’ve been transforming the way we do business to make us more resilient for the future. Through investment, innovative thinking, partnership and the impactful actions of our global associates, we’ve already reached some of our water, DEI and nutrition goals and made excellent progress on others, including the adoption of regenerative agriculture. I’m proud of the collective progress we’ve made so far and optimistic for continued momentum as we work with others who share our goals and the aim to build a stronger, more sustainable future for all.”

Jim Andrew
Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer

From the CFO

“pep+ is at the the heart of our business, and we’ll aim to continue making the strategic investments needed to future-proof and strengthen our business to drive sustainable growth while promoting positive action for the planet, people and our communities.”

Jamie Caulfield
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jamie Caulfield

This ESG Summary features information on our strategy, goals and progress of pep+ and its three pillars

Positive Agriculture

Positive Agriculture is our aspiration to source crops and ingredients in a way that restores the earth, makes the soil healthier, sequesters carbon and eliminates deforestation while also strengthening farming communities.

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Positive Value Chain

Positive Value Chain is our focus on making products that help build a circular and inclusive economy, including our goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2040, becoming net water positive, introducing more sustainable packaging, seeking to reduce inequities within and beyond our company walls, among others.

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Positive Choices

Positive Choices is about using our brands to inspire people to make positive choices for themselves and the planet.

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