Advancing respect for human rights, promoting diversity and engagement, and spurring social and economic development in communities around the world
Economic well-being and respect for human rights are essential to a healthier relationship between people and food.
Today, hundreds of millions of people live in poverty, and significant economic disparities and gender inequalities persist around the world. As addressed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, unemployment, particularly among youth, also remains a key global economic challenge. At the same time, employees' technical skills do not currently match employers' needs. In the agricultural sector, which employs one in three of the world's workers – over half of whom are women in some countries – working conditions remain difficult and incomes low.
PepsiCo seeks to address these societal issues by:
- Developing and maintaining an exceptional talent base to grow our business and deliver superior long-term performance
- Creating a workforce that reflects the diversity of our consumers and local communities, and encouraging our associates to incorporate their individual perspectives into their work
- Ensuring the safety of our workplaces to sustain superior performance
- Respecting human rights throughout our value chain
PepsiCo is committed protecting and supporting the safety, health, professional development and human rights of our employees. By fostering a diverse and engaging culture – part of our company's proud history – promoting women's equal advancement, and offering policies and benefits for working caregivers, we continue to attract the talent base needed to grow our business. We also encourage our partners across the value chain to make similar commitments and we support their efforts to achieve their own People goals.
PepsiCo has been named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere® Institute for 12 consecutive years and was named among America's most JUST companies by Forbes and JUST Capital in 2017.
In 2016, PepsiCo improved safety practices within our manufacturing operations while increasing the number of on-site health clinics and free wellness screenings. In addition, we continued to strengthen diversity across our company, including the representation of women and people of color. Finally, our support for human rights was extended to suppliers and their workers through our Supplier Code of Conduct training and through the continued growth of our Sustainable Farming Program.
As a multinational company, global employer and volume buyer of commodities, ingredients, materials and services, PepsiCo has the capacity to influence employment and the rights of workers within our own company, in communities where we work and in our suppliers' businesses. We view our involvement in agriculture, in particular, as an opportunity to help raise growers' livelihoods and advance respect for farm workers' rights. This understanding informs our People goals, as you'll see in our 2025 Agenda.
As in all our sustainability efforts, we will continue to work with partners around the world to achieve our People goals while aiming to contribute to broader efforts in human rights, diversity and engagement and prosperity.
See below for examples of ways that we are laying the groundwork for a healthier future:
Food for Good, created in 2009, has expanded from being a summer meal program to offering meals year-round to communities that need them. Learn more about Food for Good.
Through our Sustainable Farming Program (SFP), we engage with growers on farms of all sizes and types around the world to encourage continual improvement in sustainable farming practices, expand respect for workers’ human rights, enhance growers’ capabilities, and address risks.
Seeing that young girls were dropping out of school at higher rates than boys, employee volunteers in Turkey raised funds to create the Our Girls Are Going to School scholarship program.
To provide continuing relief to victims of Hurricane Harvey, PepsiCo and Food for Good are working closely with affected communities and local partners like the Salvation Army to provide 1 million meals. Watch the full video.