World Water Day 2019
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A Key Factor in PepsiCo’s Broader Aim to Contribute to Positive Water Impact
Purchase, NY (March 22) – PepsiCo announced today that it has helped more than 22 million people in underserved communities around the world gain access to safe water since 2006. In the last year alone, PepsiCo and its partners expanded access for more than 6 million people, indicating the company is on track to exceed its goal to support a total of 25 million people with safe water access by 2025.
Around the world, 1 in 9 people struggle with access to safe and clean drinking water. Clean water shortages threaten the health and safety of communities, profoundly impacting hygiene and contributing to waterborne diseases, famine, migration and violence. To address these issues, PepsiCo has set a number of interconnected goals that aim to contribute to its Positive Water Impact, meaning its efforts and partnerships are designed to enable long-term, sustainable water security for its business and others who depend on water availability.
As part of this effort, The PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, works with leading non-profit organizations to expand access in some of the world’s most water-stressed areas. The PepsiCo Foundation has led partnerships with Water.org to provide access to affordable financing for water and sanitation improvement projects in India, Inter-American Development Bank to better manage changes in water availability in Latin America, and the China Women’s Development Foundation to expand safe water access in rural areas of China.
The PepsiCo Foundation is also working with WaterAid in southern India to bring clean water to more than 200,000 people by restoring wells, harvesting rainwater in schools, and building piped water supply systems. In a project in Sri City, 21 tap stands were installed in the Ananthapuram village, which will be converted into high-quality permanent structures to establish a sustained water supply and proper wastewater drainage. The PepsiCo Foundation and WaterAid plan to bring similar solutions to other high water risk communities with the intention that increasing access to clean water will positively impact the health, security, and employment opportunities of local residents, particularly women, who otherwise have to walk long distances to collect water.
“The world faces a global water crisis, and we believe that PepsiCo can make a difference by acting as good stewards of local water resources. As members of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, we’re dedicated to increasing water use efficiency across our own value chain, and helping people gain access to safe water, which is a fundamental human right,” said Roberta Barbieri, PepsiCo Vice President, Global Sustainability.
“Water availability is fundamentally a local issue and one that requires collaboration among residents, municipal leaders, industry stewards and technical experts to sustainably manage. For those reasons, PepsiCo will increase our participation in and support of local water conservation work, with particular focus on high water risk geographies where action to protect this precious natural resource is most urgent.”