When we put out the call for PepsiCo10 submissions in June, we were overwhelmed by the response from tech and media start-ups. Of the nearly 500 entrepreneurs who applied, 20 of those joined us at PepsiCo Headquarters for a two-day summit to pitch their ideas to the PepsiCo team and our partners. The creativity and enthusiasm were abundant.

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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

The path to success may not be paved with gold, but it can certainly be an exciting road to travel. My own experiences that led me to my current role at PepsiCo may not have unfolded exactly as I planned, but my journey has been a great one – challenging and rewarding, sometimes frustrating, always interesting. It’s a story I’m happy to tell. Recently, I had the pleasure of returning to the place where my own journey began just 25 years ago – the Kellogg School of Management – to share my story with this year’s entering class. The insights I’ve gained throughout my career can be applied to any profession, not just within the corporate world. With this in mind, I’d like to offer a glimpse into some of the lessons I’ve learned over the years, which subsequently inform my work here at PepsiCo. Usually in... Read more

You've probably heard us talk about PepsiCo's ambitious sustainability commitments called Performance with a Purpose. These commitments include specific goals to reduce sugar, sodium and fat across our food and beverage portfolio while increasing whole grains, fruits and vegetables, reducing our environmental footprint and ensuring employees can develop great careers at PepsiCo. These goals not only support our commitment to the environment, our consumers and our associates, but also support our efforts to further grow our business. How close are we to meeting the goals outlined in our 2009 Annual Report - The Promise of PepsiCo? Today, I'm happy to inform you of the release of our 2009 Corporate Citizenship Report.. Read more

What a turnout. We’ve spent hours upon hours reviewing the nearly 500 submissions we received for PepsiCo10 — the program we created to partner with the best start-ups in technology, media and communications—and we couldn’t be more impressed. Some tough decisions were made, but we’ve narrowed the field down to just 20 entrepreneurs. As you’ll see in this video, their passion for their ideas is abundant. Read more

The highly-regarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health this week published the seventh annual edition of “F as in Fat”, a report on obesity in the U.S.  The report includes commentary by a variety of notable public figures.   Among them is PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi. The fact that the report would include comments from the leader of a food company, particularly one whose product portfolio includes treats like soft drinks and potato chips, has drawn some criticism.  The critics seem to feel there is no place for a food industry viewpoint in such a report. I disagree. To suggest PepsiCo and other food companies should not have a voice in the discussion of how to address global obesity seems counterproductive. The UK Foresight Report on Obesity and the White House Report on Obesity both have spelled out roles industry can play in preventing... Read more

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York City. Hundreds of business leaders from around the world came together with a single purpose – to discuss how to build a new era of sustainability based on environmental and social responsibility. It was a unique opportunity to share PepsiCo’s progress towards these goals, as well as to learn from other leading companies who have embarked on similar journeys. When I told people that I’d be attending this event, I received some confused looks. They didn’t understand why PepsiCo’s chief financial officer was representing the company at a summit focused on corporate social responsibility. I understood the source of their confusion, as topics such as environmental sustainability have traditionally been perceived as things that are separate from a company’s core business operations. At PepsiCo, however, we have a... Read more

We certainly think so.  But why stop at just one? Yesterday, we kicked off the Dream Machine Summer Recycling Challenge, to build awareness and critical mass.  In my opinion, there are few better times than Independence Day to take action that benefits the men and women of the U.S. armed forces.  So, starting July 4th, we’re calling on all Americans to recycle the cans and bottles from their summertime cookouts.  Recycling will undoubtedly help us realize the dream of a healthier planet but, through the Dream Machine initiative, PepsiCo will also make a donation to Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), a national program offering free, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities.  The more people recycle in a Dream Machine kiosk, the more EBV benefits. At the end of the day, whether in our personal or professional lives, what... Read more

In sports, you have to have your head on a swivel. Dwayne Wade, the NBA champion, playoff MVP and Olympic gold medalist, dominates the court because he knows where all the players are, or should be, at any given time on the floor. Gatorade Mission Control takes the same approach – monitoring, reacting and engaging with consumers in real-time across the social web. We believe Mission Control can be the prototype for how we do digital engagement across PepsiCo. We built Mission Control, a physical room inside our Chicago headquarters, to connect insights with our social engagement efforts at Gatorade.  The room has a series of screens tracking online conversation and we have a full team who is engaging with consumers via Twitter and Facebook. The real-time nature of this allows us to react, and spot trends, in real-time.  For example, when our marketing team saw... Read more

While PepsiCo is known throughout the business world as having one of the most dynamic and effective sales organizations globally, a select few within this organization earn a special recognition by the company for their incredible achievements. One-quarter of one percent—that’s one in four-hundred— earns this recognition for their extraordinary passion for sales and dedication to their customers. Known as our President’s Ring of Honor award, we honor these colleagues not only for the immediate success that they bring the company (especially critical given the challenging environment into which they must sell), but also hoist their performance high as an example for other colleagues to emulate as PepsiCo continues to try to develop and deliver the best products possible to consumers everywhere.  We try to help people thrive in their careers; recognizing inspiring work is part of our commitment to make this a reality. To that end, 226 extraordinary performers... Read more