Dan Bena

Dan Bena is currently the Senior Director of Sustainable Development for PepsiCo, serving as liaison between technical functions, government affairs, public policy, and field operations to develop key strategies and messaging to internal and external stakeholder groups. In 2009, Dan was appointed to the Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Water Mandate, and also serves on the Mandate's working groups for Water as a Human Right and Water Policy Engagement. He was inaugural Chair of the Water Resources Committee of the Washington-based American Beverage Association for Sustainable Development. Bena also serves on the Board-sponsored Public Health Committee of the Safe Water Network. He is a contributing member to the Water Core Working Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and serves on the Global Agenda Council for Water Security of the World Economic Forum. In 2009, he was invited by the mayor of his city to serve on a new Sustainability Advisory Board; the city is one of only three nationwide selected to pilot a new sustainability planning tool kit.

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PepsiCo at the Senate Subcommittee on Water and Power

I was recently honored to testify before the United States Senate on PepsiCo’s sustainability efforts as they relate to water use efficiency.  Also testifying before the Senate Subcommittee on Water and Power were Mr. Henry Green, President, National Institute of Building Sciences; Mr. GP Russ Chaney, CEO, IAMPO Group (Toronto, Canada); and Ms. Mary Ann Dickinson, CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency. It was great to see how the testimony and responses to Chairwoman, NH Senator, Jeanne Shaheen were the source of good discussion between the Chairwoman and panelists. In particular we discussed the great progress that PepsiCo continues to make in water and energy conservation, and how this is important for both our business and for broader society; the importance of public-private partnerships in order to find lasting solutions to environmental challenges; our participation in industry groups such as the Beverage Industry’s Environmental Roundtable; our sustainable agriculture program, including the example of our innovative irrigation methods deployed worldwide; and our near net... Read more

World Water Day 2012: Rethinking Water and Business

I cannot believe a year has passed since World Water Day 2011!  So what does the world have to show for it? Just a couple of weeks ago, the United Nations shared the great news that the world has met the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Water Target of halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water, well in advance of the MDG 2015 deadline!  This means that between 1990 and 2010, over two billion people gained access to improved drinking water sources, such as piped supplies and protected wells.  No small feat, and cause for careful celebration. I say “careful celebration” because even though the MDG was met (it is the first of the MDGs to be reached), at least 11% of the world’s population – 783 million people – are still without access to safe drinking water, and billions lack sanitation facilities.  Clearly, we... Read more

Recognizing Ethics, The Reward of Doing Good Business

Each year, the Ethisphere Institute examines companies around the world to award those who exhibit best practices in business ethics, anti-corruption, CSR and sustainability. As Ethisphere states on their website: There is no set number of companies that make the "World's Most Ethical Companies" list each year. Rather, the designation is awarded to those companies that have leading ethics and compliance programs, particularly as compared to their industry peers. Read more

PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy Announce Initial Findings of Positive Water Impact Pilot

Image from positive water impact pilot site in Mexico City - Xico Lake

We are proud to announce that PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have just finished the first phase of a joint Positive Water Impact study. By Positive Water Impact, we mean making more and better water available to the environment and the communities where we and our suppliers operate. The focus is local, at the watershed level. For a global company like PepsiCo it means coming up with solutions for every area where we operate, from our bottling facility in Zhanjiang, China to our snack and beverage plants in Mexico City. Read more

Investing in the Leaders of Tomorrow

Yesterday, we had the honor and pleasure of hosting in Purchase nearly 100 United Nations Youth Ambassadors from around the world in advance of the United Nations Youth Assembly (UNYA). The UNYA is a conference that begins today at UN headquarters in New York City that brings 600 young leaders from around the globe together to discuss progress against the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Read more

An Important Anniversary for Society

Today marks the one year anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly officially declaring that safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights. If you think this is UN jargon, think again. It’s a big deal. Instead of me telling you why, let me quote the words of the UN Independent Expert on the subject, Catarina de Albuquerque: Read more

“From the Guardian: Water is the big climate issue for everyone, everywhere”

Just back last night from London, where I had the good fortune of participating in Water and Business conference 2010, hosted by Ethical Corporation. Read more

Respecting Water as A Human Right Means Using it Wisely: Companies Must Do Their Part


You might remember last month I wrote about what PepsiCo is doing to respect water as a human right by providing safe drinking water for people across the globe and also how I’ve been making small changes at my own home to be a part of the solution. As we celebrate Blog Action Day and its focus on water this year, I thought it might be helpful to show just how important water conservation is to PepsiCo by sharing a few examples of what we’re doing.

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The Road to World Water Week

I can’t help but think of the worldwide web when I see WWW but, in this case, it stands for World Water Week, an annual gathering of a few thousand people in Stockholm, Sweden, who get together to talk about — you guessed it — water!  Discussions focus on everything related to water – from quality to quantity, the politics of water (and there are a lot of these), the price of water, and how water (or the lack of it) can cause wars between nations. PepsiCo has had a presence at World Water Week for several years, but this year is especially exciting, because we are launching the first-ever PepsiCo Water Report: “Water Stewardship: Good for Business. Good for Society.” This is the first time our efforts to conserve and replenish water use in our operations and expand access to clean water around the globe... Read more