We don't just meet basic needs
We feed potential
Over decades of working with local partners and investing to make a difference through the PepsiCo Foundation, we’ve seen the incredible potential of communities.
As we strive to become a Better company, we are helping nurture that potential all around the world by leading the way toward a more sustainable food system, from investing in sustained nutrition, to promoting safe water access, effective waste management, and women’s empowerment.
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Nutrition is part of the foundation of a more sustainable food system. With proper nourishment, communities flourish: children are better educated, economies grow, communities thrive and people live healthier, better lives.
GLOBAL NUTRITION CHALLENGE INFORMING OUR APPROACH:
1 in 9 people globally do not have enough food to lead healthy lives, including 66 million children in developing countries and 13 million in the U.S.
Addressing food insecurity and empowering women and girls unlocks education, economic prosperity and improved community health
OUR FOUNDATION'S ROLE:
We work to alleviate pervasive hunger in vulnerable communities through nutritious food and nutrition education, with emphasis on systemic solutions addressing food insecurity in key communities globally near where we work. To fight childhood hunger and provide meals in times of natural disaster, we will use the strength of our signature nutrition operation Food for Good.
KEY NUTRITION IMPACT PARTNERS:
Our signature nutrition operation Food for Good has delivered 80 million servings of nutritious foods to low-income families in 19 U.S. communities and soon, around the world.
Our strategic partnership with Akshaya Patra will support 35,000 school children in two cities in the Indian state of Gujarat in receiving school meals for a full year, which is expected to boost school attendance and enrollment, notably for girls.
Working with Global Foodbanking Network we are boosting food security and fighting hunger by providing access to at least 20 million nutritious servings of food—with emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables—in Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, the Dominican Republic and South Africa by the end of 2018 by building local food bank capacity and providing needed resources like food transportation and refrigeration.
With GENYOUth, we have provided 16 million breakfast servings or 5 million nutritious meals and physical activity to U.S. students, and are proud to be the founding sponsor of Fuel Up to Play 60 en Espanol, a leading program that has reached 9 million Hispanic youth on the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.
Clean water is fundamental to human dignity, health, and economic prosperity. It is also essential to building a more sustainable food system. And yet 4 billion people live without it. With our continued investments in local, long-term solutions, we aim to provide safe water access to 25 million people in the most at-risk areas by 2025, creating a positive ripple effect that reaches communities on almost every continent.
GLOBAL WATER CHALLENGE INFORMING OUR APPROACH:
With approximately 70% of the world's freshwater used in agriculture, and growing global food demands, addressing farm water management is urgent, as are gender-based water issues which limit girls' access to education and women's economic potential.
OUR FOUNDATION'S ROLE:
With partners, we have enabled access to safe water to more than 22 million people in underserved communities since 2006, by supporting distribution, purification and conservation in some of the areas most-prone to water-risk around the world. We now begin the next phase of our work focused on community-based and self-sustaining water solutions for women and farmers—with emphasis in key communities near where we work.
KEY WATER IMPACT PARTNERS:
We are investing with WaterAid to provide clean water access to 200,000 people facing extreme water shortages in southern India, where residents are experiencing the worst drought in more than a century.
The China Women’s Development Foundation, with our support is working to benefit 10 million people by improving environmental conditions near the Danjiangkou Water Reservoir where water sources are often contaminated.
The Inter-American Development Bank, with our support, created the Hydro-BID Support Center in Latin America and the Caribbean which will help countries in arid and water-stressed areas plan for and manage changes in water availability by using a modeling tool, Hydro-BID. Hydro-BID allows governments to analyze and predict water availability, taking into consideration the impacts of climate change and competing end-uses of water with the goal to support long-term water security for those who depend on water availability and boost the resilience of local communities.
In order for our food system to become more sustainable over the long term, we must all work together in response to the unmanaged plastic crisis, in ways that address community needs and maximize positive social outcomes.
GLOBAL WASTE CHALLENGE INFORMING OUR APPROACH:
By 2050 there is expected to be 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills and more plastic in our oceans than there are fish, affecting natural habitats and animal species. Poor waste management increases greenhouse gas emissions and leaves economic opportunity unrealized—all of which we believe can be alleviated by closing the immense gap in recovery needed to meet growing industry demand for recycled materials.
OUR FOUNDATION'S ROLE:
We invest in new funding models and alliances that look to address the root causes and symptoms of poor waste management, with emphasis on where waste management needs are greatest and on the key communities globally near where we work. Our work prioritizes scalable methods designed to build capacity for material collection and processing, educate communities on the importance of recycling and support new business models that provide income opportunities, especially for women.
KEY WASTE IMPACT PARTNERS:
This is a new area of investment for the PepsiCo Foundation and we are rapidly building strategic partnerships to respond to this urgent issue.
We are working with The Recycling Partnership toward the goal of boosting residential recycling for 25 million U.S. families, reversing the declining US recycling rate, and capturing 1.9 million tons of quality recyclable materials—including 7 billion bottles and cans. In doing so, we aim to avoid the emission of 5.5 million tons of CO2, which is equivalent of taking more than 1 million cars off the road for a year. With our Foundation’s seed funding, The Recycling Partnership has the potential to bring in $100 million through additional corporate, municipal, and philanthropic support.
When a woman has the time and opportunities to learn, her children are better fed, healthier, and more likely to be educated themselves — sparking a virtuous cycle that is essential to building a more sustainable food system.
GLOBAL CHALLENGE FOR WOMEN INFORMING OUR APPROACH:
When a woman is educated, her children are likely to be better fed, healthy, able to learn and to survive to adulthood — creating a virtuous cycle of prosperity. Women's work in agriculture — essential to meet the nutrition needs of a growing global population — is often unpaid, undervalued and with limited access to land rights, technology and financing, leading a 20-30% decrease in yields.
OUR FOUNDATION'S ROLE:
We are investing $100 million in initiatives that will benefit 12.5 million women and girls by 2025, creating the next generation of impact makers around the globe. Our work is to support girls' education, household stability and sustainable agriculture. We encourage women's economic empowerment and workforce participation through the provision of locally relevant technical skills and life skills, especially for female farmers.
KEY IMPACT PARTNERS FOR WOMEN'S INITIATIVES:
We are investing $4 million over 4 years with the Robin Hood Foundation to support education and workforce training programs for 20,000 girls in the Bronx — New York City’s poorest borough and one of the fastest growing technology sectors in the country.
We’re opening doors for young people with technical and life skills training made possible by our partnership with International Youth Foundation. Employability, success in the workforce and earnings potential depend on the powerful combination of technical skills with life skills – like decision making, problem solving, conflict resolution, time management and communication. That’s why, in addition to work-readiness programs for youth in Mexico and South Africa, we are partnering with International Youth Foundation to develop an online, gendered curriculum called Passport to Success to promote gender sensitivity in the workplace and equip young people in at least 6 countries and languages with the life skills needed to help them stay in school, find employment and succeed in life.
Small hold farmers who own small plots of land drive many economies in Africa, where women comprise about half of the agricultural labor force. We’re helping small hold female farmers learn more sustainable methods of growing local, high-demand crops, promoting gender equity in farming and households and training women and children on sanitary food preparation through our work with CARE in Western Uganda, building on their relevant experience in nearly 100 countries.
GAP - CHEETOS CHILDREN DEVELOPMENT CENTRES:
Under the leadership of PepsiCo, The GAP-Cheetos Children Development Centres, which were initiated by the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) Regional Development Administration, has been operating since 2003. Thirteen development centres continue to operate in 9 provinces (Batman, Nusaybin, Adıyaman, Gölbaşı, Ömerli, Silvan, Suadiye, Hilvan, Kilis, Siirt, and most recently Kızıltepe).
In the centres focusing on children between the ages of 4 and 14, different activities such as preschool, education, arts, culture and sports activities are organized as well as guidance and counseling programs for children and their parents. The GAP-Cheetos Children's Development Centres, which have benefited a total of 200,000 children so far, enable pre-school and school-age children to study, read books, conduct research, and benefit from sports, cultural and artistic activities.
OUR GIRLS ARE GOING TO SCHOOL:
Our successful girls, who attended to GAP – Cheetos Child Development Centres, and about to start their secondary education but could not continue due to their family’s economic conditions, inspired us to realize a new project. Thus, “Our Girls Are Going to School” was born. “Our Girls Are Going to School”, which we started with 20 girls in 2009, has enabled 75 girls so far to continue secondary school, attend internships and more.
With this project, PepsiCo received the Harvey C. Russel Award for the promotion of social diversity and courageous engagement within the PepsiCo system. Also “Our Girls Are Going to School” succeeded being one of the two projects awarded from Europe.