Through our Planet goals, we will work to reduce our environmental impact while growing our business and helping to meet the food, beverage and natural resource needs of our changing world
Helping to create a healthier relationship between people and food includes protecting the environment and finding sustainable ways to produce more food.
PepsiCo's business depends on the availability of the natural resources needed to make our products. Agriculture uses the vast majority of the world's available fresh water at the same time that water availability is becoming increasingly limited. As the world's population grows, the demand for water and energy will also rise. And if society follows business as usual, leading global organizations expect that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will increase in the coming years, further accelerating climate change and putting crops at potential increased risk. Alongside these complex environmental problems, by 2050 it is expected that, to meet the rising demand for food, society will either need to increase food production by 70 percent or drastically reduce the food that is currently wasted or lost.
Amid the urgency of these issues and their relationship to societal health and our business, PepsiCo will advance its environmental efforts by:
- Protecting and conserving global water supplies, especially in water-stressed areas, and helping to provide access to safe water
- Working to achieve an absolute reduction in GHG emissions across our global business
- Supporting sustainable agriculture by identifying and sharing best practices with our growers and suppliers
- Innovating our packaging to make it increasingly sustainable and working to eliminate solid waste to landfills from our production facilities
For years, we have been focused on finding ways to reduce our environmental footprint in water, packaging, waste, energy and agriculture – areas that are critical to our business and where we can make the biggest impact. We were one of the first global companies to publicly recognize water as a basic human right and were honored with the Stockholm International Water Institute's Industry Water Award for our water stewardship in 2012.
While we have advanced our packaging design to be increasingly sustainable, we are also focused on partnering with associations and governments, and participating in cross-sector collaborations that support long-term recycling solutions. Our commitment to reducing waste also applies to our production facilities, where we have made significant progress in recycling and reusing waste.
Our historic energy work has focused on efforts in our operations, which we are expanding on as part of our plan to address greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in our value chain. Similarly, we are expanding best practices in sustainable agriculture going forward, using what we have already learned by engaging more than 35,000 growers in our supply chain.
Managing the relationship between complex environmental issues is crucial and it is also good business. Our water, energy, packaging and waste-reduction initiatives delivered more than $600 million in cost savings between 2011-2015.
We are also making progress on a number of our water goals, both inside our operations and in the communities near where we operate. We are making progress on our water-use efficiency goal in our manufacturing operations, while providing access to safe water to more than 11 million people since 2006 through the PepsiCo Foundation and its partners.
We also made progress in decoupling the growth of our production volume from our greenhouse gas emissions both within our own four walls and across our supply chain. We removed nearly 100 million pounds of packaging material from the market in 2015 compared with the prior year, and continued to reduce the amount of waste we sent to landfill.
As you'll see in our 2025 Agenda, we will continue to extend our environmental stewardship efforts to many more members of our supply chain and communities where we work, while continuing to improve the efficiency of our manufacturing operations. Our size, influence, resources and relationships, coupled with our sense of responsibility to make a difference, present a considerable opportunity to incentivize, support and scale more sustainable practices in the years ahead.
Positively impacting our global environment will require many hands. That’s why we will work with others to achieve our Planet goals while also striving to contribute to global frameworks such as the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
See below for examples on ways that we have been producing more food with less environmental impact:
We're unlocking potential from plant waste around the globe as we strive to reduce, reuse and recycle more waste from our direct operations. Check out how.
By the end of 2017, globally nearly 80 percent of our crops sourced directly were from farmers that had been engaged through PepsiCo’s Sustainable Farming Program. We provide education on field agronomy, fertilizers, irrigation, plant protection techniques and new technologies, supporting farmers to adapt best practices to fit the crop and local circumstances.
We have scaled up our water recharge projects in India to cover additional plant sites, creating a total recharge potential of more than five billion liters with average rainfall across seven states impacting more than 60,000 people.
PepsiCo partnered with the NFL, U.S. Bank Stadium, Aramark, SMG and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to create a zero-waste Super Bowl in 2018, recycling, composting and recovering 91% of stadium waste. Watch the wrap-up video.
In 2016 our Curitiba, Brazil plant achieved zero waste to landfill in 8 months. See how they did it [INSERT URL WHEN READY]