Twenty-four hours until my first BlogHer convention!!  I can’t wait to connect with such an interesting variety of women.  I’ve been reading over the agenda and it looks like a jam-packed time of fun, info and networking. It’s been years since I have been in San Diego.  I ‘m looking forward to seeing the city again, absorbing some SoCal sun and eating some fish tacos!  Earlier in my career I spent a lot of time in San Diego consulting.  It was a sweet gig, cooking all day, hanging out at the beach when I could and trying my hand at surfing (btw… failed miserably, I’ll stick to canoeing and kayaking). I have enjoyed reading the blogs posted about the convention.  I’d like to give a shout out to Heather Clisby for the heads up in her blog about what to expect at BlogHer.  A particular thank you... Read more

On August 3, young people hailing from around the world descended on New York City to attend the 9th Annual UN Youth Assembly. In support of this event, I am filled with pride and excitement that PepsiCo is supporting 15 Arab Youth leaders to take part in what is now known as the ‘PepsiCo Arab Youth Delegation’. Our delegation consists of youth leaders from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Algeria. (View a slideshow of the PepsiCo UNYA delegates during the week's activities, or read the related press release.) Read more

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

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

John Phillips (second from left) accepts the DBM Association CIRCLE of Excellence award.

In the last month, PepsiCo’s supply chain efforts have been recognized among our peer companies and held in high esteem. I say this not to boast, but to express my utmost pride and recognize the PepsiCo associates across the globe who contribute to our procurement and distribution efforts. Read more

Today, PepsiCo announced it has been named among Black Enterprise’s 2011 40 Best Companies for Diversity. The annual ranking celebrates U.S. organizations successfully embracing inclusion as reflected in their Board of Directors, employee base, senior management and supplier base. This external recognition is an honor for PepsiCo and reinforces commitment to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. Read more

Last week, I spoke at the HCI Conference in New York about how PepsiCo is exploring new ways to attract and nurture the best talent in an increasingly global, complex world. With a history dating back over 100 years, our company has adapted its business model and strategy in response to shifts in the economic, political and social environments as well as the evolving change in consumer preferences. It is exactly this ability to adapt and embrace global and organizational change that has allowed us to succeed. As part of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo is committed to talent sustainability, investing in our people as a competitive advantage. With this priority, my team has worked to develop a refreshed approach to talent acquisition. Here’s a look at just five ways we’re evolving from a recruiting perspective: Being global while acting local – With operations in 200 countries and... Read more

I recently returned from the Global Water Summit in Berlin, Germany, where I’d spent two days with more than 400 water experts from the public and private sectors and engaging in lively discussions about corporate water stewardship and performance. The conference was a great opportunity to share best practices with experts from across the world, including other corporations, academics journalists and politicians. During the summit, I participated in a panel discussion about the value of water footprinting – defined as “the total volume of fresh water used to produce the goods and services produced by a business.” One of my fellow panelists, Dr. Ashok Chapagain from the WWF, stated that a stand-alone water footprint number would be of little use to consumers without a veritable bible of supporting information.  Other panelists echoed the observation, including Marcus Norton, head of Carbon Disclosure Project Water Disclosure, an organization... Read more

I recently returned from the Solutions for Sustainable Water Use conference in Brussels, where I had the opportunity to share best practices and learn about different approaches to water stewardship from our peers in the beverage industry, EU officials, academics and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The event was organized by the Inter-Press Service and Global Compact Network, supported by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The central theme that emerged at the conference was supply-chain water challenges – a top-of-mind issue for the beverage industry and PepsiCo. Iris Van der Veken, Chair of Global Compact Network Belgium, and Karl Falkenberg, Director General of Environment for the European Commission, focused on the human right to water and how it will become more difficult – and expensive – to guarantee this right in the future. At PepsiCo, we recognize this challenge and are planning for the growing global population who will put even... Read more

We’re proud to bring you footage of the historic signing of PepsiCo’s partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank with Indra Nooyi and President Felipe Calderon attending. Read more