PepsiCo announced it has reduced operational water use per of production by 26 percent in 2015 compared to a 2006 baseline.
This new record has exceeded the company’s previously stated goal to reduce operational water use by 20 percent by the end of 2015.
PepsiCo’s water conservation efforts saved the company more than $80 million between 2011-2015. This is part of PepsiCo’s broader environmental sustainability agenda, which has delivered more than $600 million in cost savings over the past five years.
PepsiCo has been pursuing water, energy, packaging and waste-reduction initiatives.
PepsiCo also continues to expand its efforts to provide access to safe water in water-stressed communities around the world. Through the PepsiCo Foundation, the company has partnered with leading non-profit organizations to now reach 9 million people with safe water access since 2006, far exceeding its original goal of 6 million by the end of 2015.
“Access to safe water is an essential building block for improved social, economic and health conditions in communities around the world,” said Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo vice chairman and chief scientific officer, Global Research and Development.
“Companies have an important role to play in solving global water challenges, and we must continuously seek new ways to apply our unique capabilities and expertise to conserve this most precious resource,” Khan added.
“By driving down our operational water use and replenishing water within the local watershed, promoting innovative agricultural practices that yield more crop per drop, and enabling access to safe water and sanitation for millions of people, we have achieved important progress and are committed to doing much more in the years ahead,” Khan said.
PepsiCo has a comprehensive and ambitious global water stewardship strategy. The company’s progress to date includes: