Public Policy & Government Affairs

Policies that build communities

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At PepsiCo, we invest in people and the communities where we live, work and operate.

We strive to create joyful moments through nourishing products and unique brand experiences and do so in a way that conserves natural resources and fosters a more sustainable planet for future generations.

The Public Policy and Government Affairs (PPGA) team supports that mission by developing relationships with key stakeholders, so our investments have the greatest impact, and by supporting policies that best serve our customers, communities and company.

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Our Mission

As we strive to become a better company, we are helping nurture that potential by leading the way toward a more sustainable food system and advocating for policies and legislation that will positively impact our consumers, the communities we call home, our company and our industry.

PPGA proactively develops purposeful relationships with local stakeholders so our investments benefit communities and align with the policies we work to advance. In our work, we focus on issues that impact how we live and serve in communities and support advancing policies that help these communities and our business thrive.

Work

Our Work

Food and Nutrition

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Transportation

With more than 35,000 trucks, PepsiCo owns one of the largest independently owned fleets in the United States, and our network delivers product to every corner of the country.

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Trade

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world.

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Diversity and Inclusion

PepsiCo was built on the foundation that we thrive because of our diversity.

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We believe there is an opportunity to integrate sustainability in the way the world produces, distributes, consumes and disposes of food and beverage.

Sustainability

As part of its sustainability journey, PepsiCo is targeting six priority areas to make the biggest impact: Agriculture, Water, Climate, People, Products, and Packaging. Our robust set of sustainability goals are our guidepost and help shape every decision we make as a company.  While we are proud of these bold targets and the actions our company has taken to achieve them, PepsiCo recognizes that

the objectives of a single company are not enough to address the pollution and recycling challenges we currently face. To that end, PepsiCo has developed meaningful partnerships with industry counterparts, environmental organizations, policymakers and others to achieve our sustainability vision in the United States and on a global scale.

Focus

Our Sustainability Focus Areas

Agriculture

PepsiCo has set far-reaching goals aiming to impact 7 million acres of farmland and reduce an estimated 3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade.

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Water

As one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies, we are keenly aware of the importance water plays in our day-to-day lives.

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Climate

The rise in global temperatures continues to have a dire impact on our food system.

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People

At PepsiCo, we know that our company can only succeed when our associates and the society we serve flourishes.

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Products

PepsiCo takes great care to provide consumers with products that are packaged, distributed and sourced with sustainability in mind.

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Packaging

PepsiCo recognizes that industry action is critical to minimizing pollution and achieving a circular economy.

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Community Engagement

Smiles in Action

Through the Smiles in Action award, PepsiCo, alongside the PepsiCo Foundation, supports local nonprofit organizations as they work to improve the lives of those in their communities. Since its inception in 2015, the program has given grants to more than 450 local nonprofit organizations across more than states.

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Community College Program

Recognizing the need for systemic change to address barriers that make it difficult for low-income students of color to pursue higher education, PepsiCo and its philanthropic arm, The PepsiCo Foundation, have announced a new $40 million scholarship and professional mentoring program to support Black and Hispanic aspiring and graduating community college students. The program comprised two types of scholarships: to support students seeking two-year associate degrees or trade certificates, and to support community college graduates transitioning to four-year colleges. Launched in Texas, New York and Illinois, it was recently expanded to 16 additional cities and aims to support 4,000 students over five years.We also have partnerships to develop talent for both PepsiCo and the restaurant industry in Perry, Georgia, and with Chicago City Colleges.

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Coach’s Corner Webinar with FIU and Casa Valentina

In partnership with Florida International University and the Miami Marlins, PepsiCo hosted an event focused on financial literacy for the residents of Casa Valentina, an organization in South Florida that works to provide at-risk youth with safe affordable housing, life skills, and continued support so they can achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. Panelists provided Casa Valentina residents with specific budgeting tools and financial wellness tips.

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Dallas Thrives

Southern Dallas Thrives, created in 2018, provides quality preschool education, nutritious meals, college and career preparation, and access to child care. With 1 in 4 PepsiCo employees in the Dallas-Fort Worth area living in or near Southern Dallas, this initiative is important not only to our community, but also to our associates. In the first year alone, our associates contributed nearly 2,500 volunteer hours to Southern Dallas Thrives and helped contribute 1 million meals through Food for Good. 

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Dig In

Pepsi launched a multichannel campaign to urge support for Black-owned restaurants and generate new revenue. The “Dig In” effort not only highlights several Black-owned eateries in a national TV spot, but also provides business services, training and mentorship to help restaurants grow. 

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Stronger Together

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pepsi kicked off Stronger Together, a national initiative that leverages the expertise of Pepsi and its partners to facilitate conversations, bring people together and create smiles in communities in need.

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Backpacks for Good

PPGA partners with Food for Good, the signature nutrition operation of the PepsiCo Foundation — which is critical to its mission of helping alleviate hunger around the world — to host packing stations at partner events that provide nutritious snacks to children in need.

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Partner Events

PPGA supports, hosts and participates in local events that focus on uplifting communities. Some notable partnerships around the nation include: A partnership with the National Action Network to distribute food in Harlem, a partnership with the Obama Foundation to screen the movie A Most Beautiful Thing in Chicago, a partnership with Florida International University and the National Association of Manufacturers for Manufacturing Day in Miami, a partnership with BE A CHAMPION to feed the Houston community, and more.

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Sponsorships

Through PPGA, PepsiCo is a longtime supporter of organizations that work to raise awareness and advance issues impacting communities across the country. We work at the national and local levels to build better communities, lift up unheard voices and empower change. We are proud to support the SNAC Legislative Summit, Women’s Congressional Policy Institute Gala, United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, Bread for the City and others. 

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Investing in Future Leaders

PepsiCo leverages diversity and engagement as a competitive business advantage — one that fuels innovation, attracts world-class talent, and fosters valuable relationships with customers, consumers and the communities in which we operate. Accordingly, we support programs in the public policy space to build leadership skills, encourage civic engagement, foster an interest in a public service career and advance PepsiCo’s commitment to supporting the development of professionals from diverse backgrounds. We invest in future leaders and we partner with a variety of stakeholders, including: Women’s Congressional Policy Institute, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Congressional Hunger Center, Public Allies and others around the country.

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Career Fairs

PPGA has also participated in several in-person and virtual career fairs that members of Congress have hosted for their constituents, partnering with internal PepsiCo teams to highlight job opportunities in Pepsi Beverages, Frito-Lay and other parts of the company.  

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Newsletter Archives

Quarterly

The PPGA team creates and sends quarterly newsletters to stakeholders to share updates on how we have been engaging with our partners to support communities. If you’d like to be added to our list, email PepsiCoPPGANewsletter@pepsico.com.

Local

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PPGA has created state newsletters to share specific community relief efforts with local stakeholders. If you need specific information, please email PepsiCoPPGANewsletter@pepsico.com.

Community Outreach

Partnering with the Cardenas Foundation

PepsiCo recently donated beverages and snacks to The Andrés y María Cárdenas Family Foundation (AMCFF) to support a community festival in Los Angeles that provides scholarships and support to students in the San Fernando Valley pursuing higher education. PepsiCo has partnered with AMCFF for several years to support underserved communities through educational programming, and this year our partnership helped to support Hispanic-owned food and beverages as they launched or introduced their businesses in the region. Local community and foundation champions were recognized at the event for their leadership, including: Sen. Alex Padilla (D- CA), Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA-29), LA Council President Nury Martinez, LA Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, and PepsiCo Senior Director of Government Affairs Lupe DeLaCruz.

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Preparing Young People in Chicago for Their Careers Through PREP

We announced the Pathways to Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP) by PepsiCo Stronger Together, a more than $5 million investment that aims to put nearly 3,000 young people from Chicago’s South and West sides on the path to high-quality careers over the next five years. In partnership with leading community-based organizations, this research-based, community-informed program will offer workforce readiness through career exposure, paid work experience, skills training and employment opportunities. 

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Celebrating Leaders in the Movement to End Hunger

PepsiCo has partnered with the Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) for almost 10 years. At this year’s annual gala, PepsiCo Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Roberto Azevêdo spoke to the private sector’s role in addressing hunger and PepsiCo’s efforts to help deliver food security in the United States, and introduced Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), who has served as CHC’s board chairman since 2003. 

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Partnering to Provide Disaster Relief

Following the devastation from Hurricane Ida in the Gulf region and along the East Coast, PepsiCo, alongside the PepsiCo Foundation, announced over $500,000 to support emergency food deliveries and rescue operations in partnership with The Salvation Army, Team Rubicon and the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Support provided by PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation provided more than 250,000 meals for families, enabled emergency disaster relief services and supported local nonprofits. Additionally, hundreds of cases of Aquafina and Gatorade were provided to Houston Community College to support efforts. Approximately 10,000 cases of Quaker products were also provided to nonprofits.

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