Economic well-being and respect for human rights are part of the foundation of a healthier relationship between people and food.

Today, billions of people live in poverty, and significant economic disparities and gender inequalities persist around the world. As addressed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, unemployment, particularly among youth, also remains a key global economic challenge. At the same time, employees' technical skills do not currently match employers' needs. And within the agricultural sector, which according to the Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN employs one out of every three workers in the world, over half of whom are women in some developing countries, we believe that improvements must have livelihoods and working conditions at their core.

Since PepsiCo first entered India in 1989, our operations have been guided by a consistent commitment to India’s people and communities.

  • • The PepsiCo Foundation is committed to work with 1,000 adolescent girls across villages in the Banaskantha district in Gujarat. The program aims to alleviate anaemia, enhance nutrition awareness and impart life skills.
  • • 12 villages adopted near Mamandur plant for long term rehabilitation after the Chennai floods in 2015. The program included health and nutrition initiatives that impacted over 20,000 beneficiaries. A vocational training program helped empower women in these villages to earn a livelihood.
  • • 33,000 children in India will receive nutritious meals through Akshayapatra, as part of the PepsiCo Foundation’s focus on increasing access to nutritious servings among underprivileged communities.
  • • Over 400,000 meals provided to underprivileged children in India through the Quaker Feed a Child program with Smile Foundation. The initiative also developed awareness for health, hygiene and nutrition related issues.

As a multinational company, global employer, and volume buyer of commodities, ingredients, materials and services, PepsiCo has the capacity to influence employment and the rights of workers within our own company, in communities where we work, and in our suppliers' businesses. We view our involvement in agriculture, in particular, as an opportunity to strengthen growers' livelihoods and respect for farm workers' rights. This understanding informs our new People goals, as you'll see in our 2025 Agenda. 

As in all our sustainability efforts, we will continue to work with partners around the world to achieve our People goals while aiming to contribute to broader efforts in human rights, diversity and engagement and prosperity.

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