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PepsiCo newly released 2018 Sustainability Report focus on its Sustainability agenda

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PepsiCo recently published its 2018 Sustainability Report which highlights the organisations progress towards achieving its sustainability agenda. PepsiCo hopes to build a more sustainable food system.

PepsiCo’s effort to help build a more sustainable food system represents a key element of the company’s broader vision of accelerated, sustainable growth known as Winning with Purpose. As part of Winning with Purpose, PepsiCo is striving to be a better company by further integrating purpose into the core of its business and brands and doing even more for people and the planet.

PepsiCo’s 2018 Sustainability Report highlights progress and goals in six priority areas where the company believes it can best make a contribution to building a more sustainable food system:

  1. Agriculture: By working to source ingredients through more sustainable and resilient agriculture, PepsiCo is raising standards for efficient use of resources, environmental consciousness and worker rights on farms around the world. By the end of 2018, more than half of PepsiCo’s direct farmer-sourced agricultural raw materials, such as potatoes, whole corn, oats and oranges, were verified as sustainably sourced through its Sustainable Farming Program. The company continues working toward its target to reach 100% by the end of 2020. Already, 100% of the chips in the North American Frito-Lay portfolio, including Lay’s® and Ruffles®, were made from sustainably sourced North American potatoes.

2. Water: Working to be an even more responsible steward of water across its value chain, PepsiCo is focused on improving water-use efficiency in high water-risk farming and manufacturing operations and on replenishing 100% of the water it consumes in manufacturing in high water-risk areas by 2025. The company focuses on using its scale and expertise to advocate for policies and practices that protect local watersheds.

3. Packaging: PepsiCo recently announced a new target to reduce 35% of virgin plastic content across its beverage portfolio by 2025. The company also aims to use 25% recycled content in its plastic packaging by 2025 and 50% recycled content in its plastic bottles in the European Union by 2030. From 2020, some of the brands products would be packaged in 100% recycled plastic bottles in the U.S. and bubly™ will be packaged exclusively in aluminum.

4. Products: PepsiCo would reduce added sugars, sodium and saturated fat, and expanding its product portfolio with new innovations and acquisitions based on nutritious ingredients. In the U.S. alone, PepsiCo has nearly 500 beverage choices

5. Climate: PepsiCo has set a goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions across its value chain by 20% by 2030, from a 2015 baseline. In 2018, PepsiCo reduced Scope 3 emissions (outside the company’s direct operations) by approximately 2.2 million metric tons, in addition to decreasing Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 6.4% within its direct operations. From promoting climate-friendly agricultural practices and expanding its fleet of low-carbon vehicles, to expanding its use of renewable energy in its manufacturing operations, PepsiCo is driving down emissions throughout its value chain to mitigate the impact of climate change.

6. People: As part of its ongoing commitment to increase the earnings potential of women around the world, PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation have invested $27.3 million since 2016 to support initiatives that benefit women in communities where it operates. Women currently comprise 40 percent of PepsiCo managers globally.

Laguarta continued: “I’m proud of our significant progress and the combined efforts of our team, but these efforts are only the beginning—we still have work to do. Advancing sustainability and being a more purposeful company will play an essential role in PepsiCo’s future. I firmly believe that business leadership in the 21st century must include a responsibility to our planet, our communities and future generations.”

View Report here

This year’s Report is complemented by a Performance Metrics Sheet, which briefly outlines PepsiCo’s year-over-year progress against its sustainability goals. For detailed information on the sustainability report, visit Pepsico website here

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