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Water Cooperation: Progress through Partnership

World Water Week is underway in Stockholm and this year’s theme is water cooperation, following on the United Nation’s call for 2013 as the International Year for Water Cooperation. For PepsiCo this is a perfect opportunity to highlight its comprehensive approach to water stewardship, including the key partnerships that help the PepsiCo Foundation provide access to safe water as well as the company’s operational successes to increase water use efficiency. Effective water stewardship is achieved through a variety of means but the goal is always the same: to use water responsibly. Transforming aspiration into reality demands engagement at every level. No single entity, program or organization has the resources or capacity to tackle this challenge single-handed. Collaborative innovation is the vehicle by which the goal of global sustainable water management and access to safe water will be met. In short, progress comes through partnership. Community partners, internal practices The ongoing... 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

World Water Week Wrap-Up

Along with Dan Bena of PepsiCo global operations and Claire Lyons of the PepsiCo Foundation, I recently attended World Water Week in Stockholm. This conference has been an annual event since 1991 and brings together NGOs, governments, researchers, and companies from around the world. This year, over 100 countries Afghanistan to Zimbabwe were represented. Many of the alliances in which PepsiCo participates, including the Water Footprint Network, the UN CEO Water Mandate, and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development’s water leadership group, met during the week to share information and report on group initiatives. 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