WE ARE COMMITTED TO ADVANCING RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGHOUT OUR VALUE CHAIN, BUILDING DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE WORKPLACES, AND INVESTING TO PROMOTE SHARED PROSPERITY IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES WHERE WE LIVE AND WORK
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Members of PepsiCo's new “Ethnicity + Culture” employee-led resource group in the U.K.
Across our business and throughout our complex global value chain, PepsiCo is committed to advancing respect for human rights, building diverse and inclusive workplaces, and investing to promote shared prosperity in local communities where we live and work.
From growing and harvesting ingredients, to loading a truck for distribution, to placing an item on the store shelf, we rely on PepsiCo associates, suppliers, farmers, retail and franchise partners, and many others to make, move, and sell our products. We are committed to respecting the rights of these workers and their local communities.
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diversity and engagement
"As COVID-19 continues to threaten food security around the world, the task of supporting those in need is simply too large and complex for one sector, one agency, or one organization to address on its own. So, when the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty began planning our response to the pandemic, we knew we needed the help of the PepsiCo Food for Good team. Without PepsiCo’s support, compassion, and expertise, hundreds of thousands of children would not have received the necessary food we have been able to provide.”
Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty
"We're proud to partner with the USDA and Baylor to deliver meals directly to students who need them now more than ever. Since 2009, we’ve been operating a U.S. nutrition program within PepsiCo called Food for Good that has delivered more than 30 million nutritious meals to children through afterschool and summer programs. In this time when millions of children are affected by school closures, it is a privilege to bring our scale and experience to this innovative partnership to serve our neighbors in need nationwide."
Senior Director of Food for Good at PepsiCo
Activating our Global Resources to Combat Food Security
In early 2020, PepsiCo committed to be a Business Avenger for the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goal 2 for Zero Hunger. This commitment means we will use our scale, reach, and expertise to help achieve the Global Goals over the next decade, with a focus on food insecurity and hunger relief.
As efforts to contain COVID-19 reduce access to food and other essential goods in communities around the world, we are taking action to help those most affected.
Supporting our local communities is a priority for PepsiCo, now more than ever. Building on progress in 2019, we’re supporting communities to address hunger during this global pandemic. See how we're working to ensure the health and safety of our supply chain and support our communities.
Food for Good
The PepsiCo Foundation's program, Food for Good, was launched in 2009 by a group of PepsiCo employees who wanted to make a meaningful impact in their communities. The program partners with local nonprofits across America to make nutritious meals more accessible to local families and since 2009, has delivered more than 30 million nutritious meals to children in need. In 2019, Food for Good delivered more than 7.2 million meals.
At PepsiCo, we believe that acting ethically and responsibly is not only the right thing to do, but it’s also right for our business. Success can only be achieved when everyone, inside our company and across our broader value chain, is treated with dignity and respect.
PepsiCo is committed to implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) throughout our business and publicly reporting on our progress in line with the UNGP Reporting Framework.
Our Human Rights Report outlines how PepsiCo puts our commitment into action.
Respecting Human Rights in Agriculture
A truly sustainable food system is also one that respects human rights.
That’s why our Sustainable Sourcing Program (SSP) includes formal risk assessments, third-party audits, mitigation, and capacity building for our most business-critical first-tier suppliers. SSP has worked with suppliers in 92 countries to promote human rights and safety, environmental sustainability, health, and business integrity as part of our revised Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC).
Leveraging Technology to Connect Directly with Suppliers
To strengthen our engagement with workers in our value chain, PepsiCo is partnering with Cargill and Proforest to pilot the new “Ulula Worker’s Voice Tool” that helps use technology to drive human rights and inclusivity among our palm oil producers.
The tool, developed by ULULA, provides real time information on key risk indicators at the plantation level and enables local teams and management to receive feedback directly from workers, making it easier to identify areas of improvement and collaborate on corrective action. Aggregate results are shared with PepsiCo, Cargill, and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
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. We know diversity is a business advantage that fuels innovation and fosters engagement with employees and members of the communities where we do business.
Across 69 countries representing 99% of PepsiCo’s salaried employees, men and women are paid within 1% of each other, and similarly in the U.S., employees of color and non-minorities are paid within 1% of each other.
PepsiCo recognizes that support for working caregivers is key to achieving our goal of a diverse, empowered workforce. We offer on-site childcare at our New York headquarters and near-site childcare for our Frito-Lay North America headquarters in Texas, with care provided by highly trained and reputable third-party providers. We also currently offer access to on-site or near-site childcare at international locations, including Mexico, India, Egypt, and Pakistan, and we will continue to evaluate our global need.
We implemented the “Transformational Leadership Program” designed to equip women with the knowledge and skills to navigate a global matrixed organization and increase their effectiveness and influence. This program is active in the U.S., Europe, and in our business in Asia, Middle East, and North Africa, across multiple functions and levels.
We established a Global Coaching Circle program, a series of educational sessions designed to inspire and support women managers by offering insights into the career pathways of senior leaders and providing women managers with a network to share ideas and advice.
Through our supplier diversity program, we are collaborating with a set of diverse-owned suppliers who put sustainability at the forefront of their operations. Working with businesses owned and operated by women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, U.S. veterans, and members of the LGBTQ+ community better positions us to deliver innovation, increase our supply-chain efficiency, and reflect the markets and communities we serve.
Empowering Female Entrepreneurs
As part of our commitment to empowering female entrepreneurs, PepsiCo has partnered with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), since 2018, to sponsor WBENCPitch, a tournament-style competition in which 80 women’s business enterprises (WBEs) pitch their companies to a panel of judges for the opportunity to win $20,000 in prize money and access to strategic business mentoring with PepsiCo & WBENC.
In the final round of the 2019 competition, four women-owned businesses pitched before an audience of more than 4,000 business owners and corporate professionals. Kathleen Woods, owner of Suzy’s Swirl, a frozen yogurt, gelato, and sorbet shop in Lake Bluff, Illinois, was awarded the grand prize.
We have committed $100 million by 2025 to support workforce readiness and empower women. Since 2016, we’ve invested $38.5 million to support initiatives that provide women with essential resources for workforce readiness and programs that support women in the food system and farming.
Education and Economic Support for Female Farmers
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In March 2019, The PepsiCo Foundation announced an $18.2 million investment with the leading humanitarian organization, CARE, as part of their She Feeds the World initiative. Through this program, approximately five million women farmers and their families around the world will receive education and economic support to help them increase crop yields, income, and access to nutrition. And through our partnership on Closing the Crop Gap, we helped shine a light on the unique challenges facing female farmers around the world in an effort to change culture and catalyze additional support.
Life Skills Training for Students Around the World
The PepsiCo Foundation launched its Passport to Success® Traveler program in partnership with the International Youth Foundation (IYF) in January 2020. The online training course is free and provides opportunities for students to learn and practice life skills to prepare for social-emotional situations where non-cognitive and work readiness skills are essential. By promoting self-confidence, responsibility, teamwork, and communication, the program prepares young people for success at home, in school, and on the job.
Employment Assistance in Bronx, NY
In 2019, PepsiCo employees hosted a workshop for women living in Win’s South Bronx shelter, to help them with job search skills like resume writing and interviewing.
A grant from The PepsiCo Foundation enabled Win to purchase new computers, hire job specialists, and create a dedicated space for residents to focus on finding employment. Last year, Win’s Income Building Program helped 3,175 women achieve “employment gains,” such as securing a job, moving to a full-time position, earning a raise, or obtaining benefits. A long-term partner of the organization, The PepsiCo Foundation has supported Win with more than $1 million in grants since 2014.
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