Environmental, Social & Governance Topics


At PepsiCo, we integrate sustainability into our core business strategy. We are committed to providing improved choices across our product portfolio, protecting our planet and empowering our associates and the communities we serve. The Environmental, Social & Governance Topics Index was created to address the broad range of sustainability-related topics that matter to our business and our stakeholders, including investors, suppliers, customers, consumers, associates, public officials and policy makers, and NGO partners. Click on each of our topics in the index below for more information.

To see how our Environmental, Social & Governance topics align with our material topics as defined through our GRI Materiality process, please see the GRI Material Aspects & Boundaries section of the index below.

Many of the topics in this index are related to our 2025 sustainability goals. Further detail about our sustainability agenda can be found in our 2017 Sustainability Report, and details of performance against our goals can be found in the Sustainability Goals Metric Sheet.

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Advertising & Marketing to Children

At PepsiCo, we believe children are a special kind of audience, and when communicating to them and their caregivers about our products, we take particular care to do so through responsible advertising. For example, we advertise to children under age 12 only those products that meet PepsiCo’s Global Nutrition Criteria for Advertising to Children, to encourage the consumption of healthier food and beverage products. We also restrict direct sales of certain beverages to schools.

Get more information about the policies and practices that inform our advertising and marketing strategy.

 

 

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Responsible Advertising to Children Policy PepsiCo Global Nutrition Criteria for Advertising to Children PepsiCo Global Policy on the Sale of Beverages to Schools PepsiCo U.S School Policy for Beverages PepsiCo U.S Policy for Food Sold in Schools

Agriculture

For PepsiCo, sustainable agriculture means striving to advance environmental, social and economic benefits to communities around the world by supporting practices and technologies that promote improved farmer livelihoods and agricultural resiliency. As part of this work, we are:

  • Creating ambitious commitments, goals and standards for ourselves and our supply chain;
  • Adopting processes that measure and manage performance against those standards, support farmers and suppliers, and support our business priorities;
  • Maintaining robust and clear governance and management to oversee and deliver our commitment; and
  • Engaging and collaborating with industry, NGOs, governments and others to find solutions to systemic issues.

Through our Sustainable Farming Program (SFP), we champion and advance positive social, environmental and economic outcomes among the farmers from which we directly source crops, which encompasses potatoes, unprocessed corn, unprocessed oats, and oranges. The SFP is designed to help boost agricultural productivity and extend availability of sustainably sourced crops today, while contributing to long-term transformation across the agricultural system. The SFP is focused on our main crops that we directly source, but we apply the principles throughout our agricultural sourcing.

We have also set goals to sustainably source our cane sugar and palm oil for our business by 2020.

To learn more about the ways in which we are helping to advance farming practices around the world and the policies that govern our role in this global supply chain, visit our Agriculture page.

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PepsiCo Sustainable Agriculture Policy PepsiCo Sustainable Farming Program Scheme Rules PepsiCo Sustainable Farming Program Fundamental Principles

Animal Welfare

PepsiCo requires the ethical and humane treatment of animals throughout our value chain and aims to safeguard the care of farm animals that are an integral part our supply chain.  PepsiCo does not conduct or directly fund any animal tests.

See our cage-free eggs policy here.

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PepsiCo Sustainable Agriculture Policy PepsiCo Statement on Animal Testing

Bioengineered Food & Ingredients

We are committed to producing great-tasting food and beverage products of the highest quality in every part of the world, ensuring that all of our products meet or exceed appropriate safety and quality standards.

We understand that some consumers and other stakeholders have questions about bioengineered food and ingredients, commonly referred to as genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The use of bioengineered food and ingredients is safe. Many of the most influential regulatory agencies and organizations that study the safety of the food supply, including the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, Health Canada, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Academy of Sciences have found that bioengineered food and ingredients are safe, and that there are no negative health effects associated with their use.

We are working to help our consumers and stakeholders better understand the safety and benefits of bioengineered ingredients in our products.

We also know that our consumers are becoming increasingly interested in knowing more about their foods and beverages, including whether GMOs are present in the product. We offer “Non-GMO” verified products in our Stacy’s Pita Chips, Quaker Organic Oatmeal, SIMPLY brand snacks and Tropicana and Naked Juice product lines.

Get more information below.

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Plant-Made Pharmaceutical / Plant-Made Industrial Compound Statement Global Policy on Bioengineered Food and Ingredients Use and Labeling PepsiCo Statement on Use of Genetically Modified Ingredients in the U.S.

Cage-Free Egg Policy

PepsiCo supports the ethical treatment of animals as part of our corporate responsibility. PepsiCo uses eggs in a number of our baked products including oatmeal and protein bars, biscuits and cookies. While there is still work to be done across the industry to increase supply, we are committed to working with our partners toward sourcing 100% cage-free eggs in the U.S. by 2020 and global markets by 2025.

 

Caramel Coloring

The process of caramelization has been known since the early days of cooking. It was not until the 19th century, however, that caramel coloring gained commercial significance as an additive in the brewery industry, and then since the early 20th century in the soft drink industry. Today, caramel colorings are manufactured for a variety of purposes.

Extensive research conducted over decades and published in scientific literature has repeatedly established that caramel colorings, and the foods and beverages they are in, are safe. As a result, the use of caramel colorings in food and beverage products continues to be approved by regulatory authorities. For example, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the European Food Safety Authority and Health Canada, consider caramel colorings to be compliant with the required safety specifications for use in foods and beverages.

At PepsiCo, the safety of our products is a top priority and we abide by regulatory guidelines everywhere we do business. When regulations for 4-MEI were instituted in California, we moved immediately to reformulate our cola beverages with a caramel color that lowered the amount of 4-MEI in our products and these changes have been implemented around the world except where local regulations prohibit import of the caramel. Throughout this process, there was no change to the overall Pepsi-Cola product or the product’s great taste, which consumers know and love.

Climate Change

Implementing solutions to address climate change is important to the future of our company, customers, consumers and our shared world. We have a strong interest in reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions given the risks we believe climate change presents to our business and the communities where we operate.

At PepsiCo, we have a goal to reduce our absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across our value chain by at least 20 percent by 2030. Our value chain emissions focus areas are agriculture, packaging and third party transportation and distribution given that these categories are our largest emissions drivers.

To learn more about our goals to reduce Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions, and our approach to achieving these goals, visit our Climate Change page.

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2018 CDP Climate Change Submission Bureau Veritas Independent Assurance Statement

Corporate Governance

Strong corporate governance is and has been a long-standing priority at PepsiCo. We believe strong corporate governance is the foundation for financial integrity, investor confidence and sustainable performance. At PepsiCo, we are guided by the belief that acting ethically and responsibly is not only the right thing to do, but the right thing for our business.

PepsiCo has adopted comprehensive corporate standards and policies to govern its operations and to assist the Board of Directors and its Committees in performing their duties. We review these corporate standards and policies regularly to reflect changing regulatory requirements, evolving practices and input from our shareholders and other stakeholders.

Get more information about our corporate governance practices, including our policies and Global Code of Conduct on PepsiCo’s Corporate Governance page and most recent Proxy Statement.

Data Governance

A key role of the PepsiCo Sustainability Office is managing the integrity of the data on which we report. Data integrity is absolutely vital to maintaining the trust between PepsiCo and our stakeholders, and is aligned with the high internal standards to which we hold ourselves.

While our data management process has always been rigorous, in recent years we have re-evaluated processes, outlined improvements, and implemented enhancements to build on the strong foundation already in place.

To learn more about our emphasis in data integrity, visit our Data Governance page.

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Data Governance

Deforestation

PepsiCo is committed to realizing zero deforestation in our company-owned and operated activities and global supply chains from direct supplier to source by 2020. PepsiCo’s most significant influence on forests is through its sourcing of paper and wood-based products and raw agricultural materials, particularly palm oil.

Get more information below.

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Deforestation PepsiCo Forestry Stewardship Policy 2018 CDP Forest Submission

Diversity & Engagement

At PepsiCo, we recognize that supporting diversity and engagement is not only the right thing to do, it is the right thing to do for our business. This commitment is woven into our values and belief that our company is strongest when we embrace the full spectrum of humanity, regardless of what we look like, where we come from or who we love. That means both building a more diverse, more inclusive workplace, and promoting what we call courageous engagement in our company and the communities we serve.

Read our 2018 Diversity Report to learn more about our commitments to diversity and engagement.

Get more information below.

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Policy for the Selection of Legal Services 2018 Diversity Report: PepsiCo's Position

Endorsement of External Initiatives & Principles

Participating in external partnerships and supporting charters that promote sustainability enable us to help form solutions to systemic challenges that we cannot overcome alone. Among the externally developed principles and initiatives we have endorsed, some include:

  • The Climate Declaration of Ceres’ Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy
  • Global Sullivan Principles of Social Responsibility
  • MacBride Principles
  • The Trillion Tonne Communiqué of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • UN Caring for Climate initiative
  • UN CEO Water Mandate
  • UN Global Compact
  • UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

Environmental, Health & Safety

Protecting the safety, health and well-being of our associates around the world is one of our top priorities. We are working in many ways to promote the values of health and safety at PepsiCo and the continual improvement of our culture and performance. In 2018, we aligned our Global Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) function behind a single strategy, which highlights the following vision:

Beyond Zero – Pursue Positive

Zero harm to our people and the environment today—
Pursue a positive impact culture for our future

Our EHS strategy provides the framework for our vision of ‘Beyond Zero’ whereby we focus on trying to achieve an injury-free work environment, as well as working to create a culture of positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our employees and the environment.

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Environmental, Health and Safety PepsiCo Environmental Health and Safety Policy Bureau Veritas Independent Assurance Statement

Ethics & Integrity

Our Global Compliance & Ethics mission is to promote an ethical business culture that drives Company results and to mitigate risk from potential Code of Conduct, Values and certain legal violations by maintaining an effective compliance program. Following our Global Code of Conduct and Values is fundamental to driving integrity while driving results and doing business the right way.

Click here to view our Global Code of Conduct, information about our Speak Up program, and our Global Anti-bribery Compliance policy. See the downloadable document below for more information on how we maintain and promote our Global Compliance & Ethics mission.

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Ethics & Integrity

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Fleet Efficiency

Our fleet operations adopt sustainability in their everyday practices and also in their long-term business plans.

We have made significant progress in fleet efficiency by improving energy efficiency, right-sizing our vehicles and diversifying the sources of energy used by our fleet vehicles. We also design and equip our new vehicles with advanced aerodynamic devices. In 2018, we retrofitted nearly 800 PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA) trailers with aerodynamic devices to improve the fuel economy of our existing fleet.

In 2018, Frito-Lay North America's (FLNA) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fleet drove 61 million miles, and we continue to increase the use of natural gas that is sourced from renewable sources. We have established fueling contracts to ensure that starting in 2020, all future fleet natural gas will be sourced from renewable sources.

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Fleet Efficiency

Gender Parity

Gender parity is a cornerstone of our robust diversity and engagement agenda as well as our culture. In fact, PepsiCo leverages diversity and engagement as a competitive business advantage that fuels innovation, strengthens our reputation, and fosters engagement with employees and members of the communities in which we do business. We strive to improve the attraction, retention and advancement of global and diverse talent to ensure we sustain a high-caliber pipeline. As part of our sustainability agenda, we have set a target to reach gender parity in management roles by 2025.

Get more information below.

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Gender Parity 2018 Diversity Report: PepsiCo's Position

GRI Material Topics & Boundaries*

Year-round engagement with diverse stakeholders informs our sustainability reporting and overarching sustainability strategy. We publicly report on topics that are priorities for both our business and our key stakeholders.

Our list of Material Topics represent the issues that we plan to continue managing, measuring and reporting on. These are the sustainability-related topics that we believe are currently the most relevant to PepsiCo and our stakeholders.

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*In this communication and in our other sustainability reports and statements, when we use the terms “material,” “materiality” and similar terms, we are using such terms to refer to topics that reflect PepsiCo’s significant economic, environmental and social impacts or to topics that substantially influence the assessments and decisions of stakeholders in what the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines define as “material topics.” We are not using these terms as they have been defined by or construed in accordance with the securities laws or any other laws of the U.S. or any other jurisdiction, or as these terms are used in the context of financial statements and financial reporting, and nothing in this communication or other sustainability reports and statements should be construed to indicate otherwise.

 
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GRI Material Topics and Boundaries

Human Rights

At PepsiCo, we believe acting ethically and responsibly is not only the right thing to do, but also the right thing to do for our business. Our aim is to ensure that all rights holders that might be affected by PepsiCo directly or through our value chain can enjoy the human rights described in the International Bill of Human Rights and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. PepsiCo’s commitment to respecting the human rights of workers and local communities throughout our operations and value chain is articulated in our Human Rights and Salient Issues Statement, Human Rights Workplace Policy, Code of Conduct (Code), Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC), and other related policies.

See our Human Rights page for more details. Our reporting on Human Rights is guided by the UNGP Reporting Framework.

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Human Rights Statement and Salient Issues Statement Human Rights Workplace Policy 2018 PepsiCo Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2017 PepsiCo Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2016 PepsiCo Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Land Rights

Respecting land rights, particularly in developing countries, and in areas populated by indigenous people is vital to economic development and maintaining a company’s license to operate. In early 2014, PepsiCo launched a Land Policy with zero tolerance for illegal activities in our supply chain and zero tolerance for land displacements of any legitimate land tenure holders.

Since then we have been working with suppliers, civil society and industry peers to implement our commitment.

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Land Rights PepsiCo Land Policy Progress on Country Land Rights Assessments 2018 CDP Forest Submission

Nutrition

PepsiCo is continuously expanding its portfolio to provide consumers with products that provide nutritional benefits. While we are improving the nutritional profile of many of our products by reducing added sugars, sodium and saturated fat, we are also building our portfolio of nutritious products, accelerating a journey that we began before the turn of the 21st century.

Over the years, we have built our nutrition portfolio through a combination of acquisitions and new product innovations, while working to make our existing portfolio more nutritious through product reformulations.

To learn more about what we are doing to achieve these ambitious goals as well as our PepsiCo Nutrition Criteria, see our Nutrition page.

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Health and Wellness Approach and Engagement Nutrition Governance Nutrition Risk Management PepsiCo Nutrition Criteria

Nutritional Labeling

As a global company with brands that reach consumers more than a billion times every day, it is important for PepsiCo to provide fact-based, simple and easy-to-understand nutrition information about our products to help consumers make the right choices for themselves and their families.

In 2014, PepsiCo adopted our Global Labeling Policy which states that PepsiCo will provide detailed information on key nutrients on the back of our products packaging as well as labeling energy (as calories, kilocalories or kilojoules) per 100g/ml or per serving on the front of our product packaging. (Please see the policy for more details.)

In addition to complying with our Global Labeling Policy, we are continuously looking for new ways to improve our labeling to meet both consumer demands and stakeholder expectations. For example, in 2018, PepsiCo announced it will trial interpretative color-coded labeling on our food and beverage packagings in many EU markets, using the 100g/ml-based approach already voluntarily implemented in the UK and Ireland. Additionally, we have joined our peer food and beverage manufacturers and retailers in developing front-of-pack labeling programs in different countries.

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Nutritional Labeling PepsiCo Global Labeling Policy

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Packaging

Packaging plays a unique role in the way our products are presented to consumers and customers. As a business, we design our packaging materials around several critical criteria, including compliance with food safety regulations, freshness and quality of the product, environmental sustainability, affordability, and consumer preferences, including convenience. At the beginning of every packaging design effort, we balance these criteria to arrive at a final packaging design.

As part of our 2025 sustainability agenda, we have set the following goals related to packaging:

  1. Strive to design 100 percent of our packaging to be recyclable, compostable or biodegradable,
  2. Strive to use 25 percent recycled content in our plastic packaging by collaborating with our suppliers, helping to increase consumer education, fostering cross-industry and public-private partnerships, and advocating for improved recycling infrastructure and regulatory reform, all of which are required to realize our ambition, and
  3. In partnership with the PepsiCo Foundation, work to increase recycling rates.

PepsiCo is committed to these goals through our sustainable plastics vision to build a world where plastics need never become waste. We aim to achieve this through our framework to reduce, recycle, and reinvent plastic packaging.

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Packaging Partnerships and Engagement PepsiCo's Work to Improve Recycling in the U.S.

Palm Oil

PepsiCo is committed to delivering a palm oil supply chain with no deforestation, peatland development or exploitation and to help advance the sustainability of the palm oil industry. Through our policies and actions, PepsiCo seeks to uphold standards for sustainable palm oil by addressing our own supply chain first and then partnering with others to drive improvement more widely. In this way, we hope that our collective actions will improve palm oil production across the industry.

Our fourth Annual Progress Report was published in June 2019 and provides detailed information on the strides we are making toward our goals.

For more information about our efforts to sustainably source palm oil, visit our Palm Oil page.

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Palm Oil Progress Report 2018 Global Policy on Sustainable Palm Oil 2018 CDP Forest Submission

Pay Equity

PepsiCo has robust, long-standing processes for managing pay programs that ensure pay equity across employee groups. Building on that history, we have increased the rigor of our pay equity review processes, as part of our 2025 sustainability agenda, with a goal to achieve pay equity by implementing a more comprehensive global pay equity review process.

As of the end of 2018, we had implemented this process in 33 countries that collectively make up 93 percent of our salaried employee population[1]. Our results show that in this population, women and men are paid within 1 percent of each other and in the U.S., people of color and non-minorities are paid within 1 percent of each other[2], after controlling for legitimate drivers of pay such as job level, geographic location and performance ratings. This gives us confidence that our efforts to achieve pay equity are producing good results. Importantly, we are also gaining insights into how we can advance pay equity in every country in which we operate. In the years ahead, we will continue this process across additional markets.

Our pay equity goal is in line with the statement we made in 2016, when we signed the White House Equal Pay Pledge. As part of this pledge, we set a goal to implement a comprehensive, global annual review process to support pay equity for women. As a Fortune 50 company, we felt it was important to add our voice to this conversation and take a leadership position in regards to pay equity.

[1] Excluding top senior executives

[2] Based on base compensation

 
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2018 Diversity Report: PepsiCo's Position

Pesticides

Pesticides are substances designed to control pests such as weeds and insects, and responsible use of pesticides is an important aspect of sustainable agriculture. By increasing the yield from farms and plantations, pesticides help ensure a reliable food chain and reduce pressure to convert more land to agriculture, which helps to prevent deforestation. By protecting crops, pesticides also help to keep food affordable for consumers while supporting farmer incomes. Pesticide use has led to concerns around the potential for unintended environmental and health impacts. PepsiCo understands these concerns and takes pesticide issues seriously. Get more information about our approach to pesticides.

 

Political Activities, Political Contributions & Issue Advocacy

In each of the more than 200 countries and territories in which our products are made, manufactured, distributed or sold, we abide by the local laws and regulations governing interaction with government officials and political giving. In the democratic societies in which we operate, the health of those societies depends on citizens being responsibly engaged in the political process. PepsiCo’s political activities – including political giving and issue advocacy -- must always comply with all applicable national laws and PepsiCo’s Political Activities, Contributions & Issue Advocacy Policy & Guidelines below.

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Political Activities, Political Contributions & Issue Advocacy Documents PepsiCo's 2018 Trade Associations and Policy Groups PepsiCo's 2018 Registered Lobbyists PepsiCo's 2018 Concerned Citizens Fund Contributions PepsiCo's 2018 Corporate Political Contributions PepsiCo's 2017 Trade Associations and Policy Groups PepsiCo's 2017 Registered Lobbyists PepsiCo's 2017 Concerned Citizens Fund Contributions PepsiCo's 2017 Corporate Political Contributions PepsiCo's 2016 Trade Associations and Policy Groups PepsiCo's 2016 Corporate Political Contributions PepsiCo's 2016 Concerned Citizens Fund Contributions PepsiCo's 2016 Registered Lobbyists PepsiCo's Political Contributions Policy

Product Safety & Quality

Food safety is our highest priority. Our products are sold in many countries around the world, and we have the responsibility to ensure the safety and quality of our products for our consumers to enjoy, every day.

PepsiCo has global quality and food safety standards, applied appropriately in each local market. We use approved ingredients and suppliers, and follow all applicable regulations issued by government and regulatory authorities. Our products are traceable, which enables us to quickly investigate and address any potential concerns in the marketplace.

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Product Safety & Quality

Public Policy & Political Engagement

PepsiCo’s business is shaped by public policy at the local, state, federal, regional and global levels. Our Global Public Policy and Government Affairs (PPGA) team works with senior management to develop annual and long-term public policy priorities. Abiding by the local laws and regulations governing interaction with government officials and PepsiCo's strong Code of Conduct, our public policy engagement goal is to promote a healthy business environment that supports our ability to achieve sustainable growth in the years ahead.

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Public Policy and Political Engagement

Renewable Energy

As part of our goal to reduce our absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20 percent by 2030, PepsiCo is increasingly shifting towards renewable energy. This is a journey we are in the early stages of today, but have begun in markets like Mexico. In March 2016, our Mexico Foods business initiated a power purchase agreement to source a large portion of its power from wind energy. In 2018, this business sourced 76 percent of its power via wind energy, on an annual basis.

In Europe, PepsiCo's support for renewable energy markets continues to expand. In 2018, we purchased renewable energy to cover 100% of our electricity needs in Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Beginning in 2019, we are purchasing enough renewable energy to cover 100% of our electricity needs in Poland, as well.

In addition, PepsiCo has signed on to the Renewable Energy Buyers Principles, an initiative facilitated by the World Resources Institute and the World Wildlife Fund.

Responsible Research

PepsiCo's research processes and those of our partners are confidential for competitive reasons. However, PepsiCo does not conduct or fund research – including research funded by PepsiCo but performed by third parties – that utilizes any human tissue or cell lines derived from embryos or fetuses.

 

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Saturated Fat

Informed by the guidelines on energy intake provided by the WHO and other health authorities, we have set a goal to help consumers reduce the amount of saturated fat in their diets. Our goal, as part of our sustainability agenda, is that by 2025, at least three fourths of our global foods portfolio volume will not exceed 1.1 grams of saturated fat per 100 Calories.

Our goal is designed to shift a significant portion of our food portfolio towards lower saturated fat levels that make it easier for our consumers to follow WHO’s recommendations. Reducing saturated fat in our products not only benefits consumers, and our business as a result, it helps PepsiCo to address regulatory needs.

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Saturated Fat

Sodium

Informed by the guidelines on sodium intake provided by the WHO and other authorities, we have set a goal to help consumers reduce the amount of sodium in their diets. Our goal, as part of our sustainability agenda, is that by 2025, at least three-fourths of our global foods portfolio volume will not exceed 1.3 milligrams of sodium per Calorie.

While global dietary intake data shows snacks are a relatively small proportion of total sodium intake, we developed our goal so that it shifts a significant portion of our foods portfolio towards lower sodium levels that make it easier for our consumers to follow the WHO’s recommendations.

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Sodium

Stakeholder Engagement

We value the views of our shareholders and other stakeholders, including customers, consumers, , employees and a wide range of organizations, and the input that we receive from them is a cornerstone of how we developed, implement and evolve our sustainability agenda. These engagements help us learn about emerging sustainability topics, better inform our efforts, and help PepsiCo work to create value for our company and society.

We use a variety of mechanisms to solicit feedback from our stakeholders, including bilateral meetings and participation in stakeholder networks, outreach programs, webinars and partnerships on a variety of topics. Engaging with a wide range of stakeholders is important, including organizations that are critical of our actions, in order to understand and address their concerns.

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Stakeholder Engagement Stakeholder Engagement Table Health and Wellness Approach and Engagement

Sugar

Informed by the guidelines on added sugars intake provided by the FDA, we have set a goal that helps consumers reduce the amount of added sugars in their diets. Our goal, as part of our sustainability agenda, is that by 2025, at least two thirds of our global beverage portfolio volume will have 100 Calories or fewer from added sugars per 12 ounce serving.

Our new goal is designed to shift a significant portion of our beverage portfolio towards lower calorie levels that make it easier for consumers to follow the FDA’s recommendations. We will do this by expanding our portfolio of zero- and lower-calorie beverages and reducing added sugars in our overall beverage portfolio.

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Sugar

Supplier Diversity

PepsiCo is committed to purchasing from a supplier base representative of our employees, consumers, retail customers and communities. Developing partnerships with diverse suppliers helps us build the world-class supplier base we need; creates mutually beneficial relationships that expand PepsiCo's sphere of activity; and helps build community infrastructure by providing employment, training, and role models and promoting buying from other diverse-owned businesses.

In 2018, we spent approximately $1.35 billion USD with diverse suppliers in the United States[1]. This includes Tier 2 spend reported by non-diverse suppliers, which demonstrates PepsiCo's goal of expanding engagement of diverse suppliers in its supply chain. Beginning in 2017, we broadened our supplier diversity program to include LGBT, Veteran and Disabled-owned enterprises.

Since we started our Supplier Diversity program more than 35 years ago, we have spent a total of approximately $25 billion USD with diverse suppliers, and we are proud to say that we utilize diverse suppliers in virtually all areas of our company. To learn more, please visit www.pepsico.com/sdregistration.

Supplier Diversity Registration Portal


[1] The PepsiCo Supplier Diversity program defines a diverse supplier as an entity that is 51% or more owned, operated, and managed by an individual or individuals from one or more of the following groups: ethnic minority, women, veterans/service-disabled veterans, LGBTs, and people with disabilities.

Sustainability Governance

We believe strong governance is the foundation for delivering on our sustainability strategy. At PepsiCo, sustainability topics are integrated into, and not separate from, our business. To learn more about the role that our Board, senior leadership, and employees throughout the company play in managing sustainability at PepsiCo, please visit our Sustainability Governance page.

Sustainable Sourcing

PepsiCo is committed to respecting the human rights of all workers and local communities throughout our operations and value chain. Supporting the safety, wellness, and equality of workforces across our value chain is important to our success as a company and to the success of our suppliers.

We hold our suppliers to the same standards of integrity to which we hold ourselves. Therefore, all suppliers, vendors, contractors, consultants, agents and other providers of goods and services who do business with PepsiCo entities worldwide are expected to follow our Supplier Code of Conduct, and relevant policies and commitments as a condition of doing business with us.

These standards are based on international conventions including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

To learn more about our Supplier Code of Conduct and Sustainable Sourcing Program, visit our Sustainable Sourcing page.

Talent

To attract the best talent, PepsiCo strives to maintain our reputation as a great place to work. We do this by raising awareness about PepsiCo’s unique, high-performance culture and highlighting PepsiCo’s traditional benefits — including comprehensive compensation, health care, and savings and retirement programs — and emphasize our diverse culture and commitment to learning and development. The future of PepsiCo will be shaped by our commitment to hiring and developing the most talented associates by building strong, diverse teams through offering rewarding and challenging careers.

 
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Employee Well Being PepsiCo Associates - Key Statistics

Trans Fats

In support of the efforts of the World Health Organization (WHO), governments and the public health community to reduce the global intake of industrially produced trans fats (iTFA), PepsiCo committed to not exceed 2 grams iTFA per 100 grams of fat/oil in our products by end of 2023. In 2019, as part of the International Food and Beverage Alliance, we adopted this iTFA goal that aligns with the WHO's overall objective of phasing out iTFA from the global food supply.

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay US business led the industry in 2003, when it removed partially hydrogenated cooking oils (PHOs) from its core snacks and replaced them with better oils like corn, canola and sunflower. In addition the company included a trans-fat line on every nutrition facts panel more than two years in advance of the 2006 US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulation. Today, PepsiCo has completely removed PHOs from all product formulations globally.

Waste

Waste reduction, in all its forms, is a strategic imperative for PepsiCo, for the benefit it provides to our business in the form of cost savings and efficiencies gained. It is also inherent to being a good citizen of the communities where we operate.

We are committed to achieving virtually zero waste to landfill in our direct operations.

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Waste Bureau Veritas Independent Assurance Statement

Water

We believe that water is a fundamental human right, indispensable to every community around the world. With over 2 billion people living in countries experiencing high water stress, according to the UN, including people in communities where we operate, there is a strong imperative for companies like PepsiCo to deploy their expertise and resources to address this issue.

Water is also a critical resource for our business, at all points along our value chain—from the farms where we grow the fruits, vegetables and grains that make up our product portfolio, to our manufacturing processes where water is used to ensure we meet the highest quality food safety standards, and as one of the key ingredients in many of our products. PepsiCo’s business depends on water, and as such, we have a vested interest in conserving and protecting it.

As part of our sustainability agenda, we have set the following goals around water:

  • Improve water-use efficiency in high water-risk areas of our direct agricultural supply chain by 15 percent in high-water-risk sourcing areas by 2025
  • Achieve a 25 percent improvement in water-use efficiency in direct operations by 2025, with a focus on manufacturing operations in high-water-risk areas
  • Replenish 100 percent of the water we consume in manufacturing operations located in high-water risk areas by 2025, ensuring that replenishment takes place in the same watershed where the water was extracted
  • Deliver safe water access to a total of 25 million people by 2025 from our 2006 baseline
  • Adopt the Alliance for Water Stewardship standard as our vehicle for water advocacy

For more information about our efforts to achieve positive water impact, visit our Water page.

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2018 CDP Water Submission Bureau Veritas Independent Assurance Statement