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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

Water Footprinting Debate Emerges at the Global Water Summit in Berlin

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

Sharing Best Practices at the Solutions for Sustainable Water Use Conference

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

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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