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PepsiCo partners with Prime Minister's Ehsaas Program

  June 22nd, 2020 – PepsiCo’s Millions of Meals program joined hands with the Ehsaas ration program to deliver millions of meals to those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak across Pakistan. PepsiCo and The PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, have committed a funding of over $1.4 million to provide Millions of Meals to those in urgent need of nutrition. PepsiCo Pakistan has partnered with on ground charitable organizations to execute the program. So far, over 5.2 million meals have been distributed with the help of some of the most respected charities in the country including; RIZQ and Association for Gender Awareness & Human Empowerment (AGAHE) in Punjab, Peoples Primary Health Initiative (PPHI) in Balochistan, The Orange Tree Foundation, Network of Organisations Working for People with Disabilities Pakistan (NOWPDP)  and Layton Rahmatullah Benevolent Trust (LRBT) in Sindh and Al-Khidmat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.   As economic activity is decelerated to combat the COVID-19 epidemic, an increasing number of people are faced with loss of income and earning opportunities. The daily wage workers are particularly vulnerable as they face an immediate loss of livelihood. In these circumstances the need for providing meals to underprivileged communities becomes the foremost requirement. The Ehsaas Ration Program is run by the Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division of the Government of Pakistan under the Prime Minister’s Ehsaas program to uplift marginalized people. Under the Ehsass Ration program a digital portal has been created for donors and for those in need of meals. The portal aims to connect genuine donors directly with those in real need.   Speaking about the partnership, Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety said “We are extremely happy to see companies like PepsiCo step up in big way to support the people of Pakistan. The Ehsaas ration platform is a natural fit for genuine donors to connect with those in genuine need. We have seen the issues of duplication and inefficient use of resources in previous disaster recovery efforts. We want to make sure that donors connected on our platform can transparently connect to genuine recipients and chances of duplication are eliminated.”   The MoU was signed at the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) headquarters. The signing ceremony was followed by a briefing to the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of PepsiCo other companies that have partnered on this important initiative.   Ehsaas was launched by Prime Minister Imran Khan in 2019. It is the biggest umbrella program launched in Pakistan to uplift marginalized people. Over 134 programs including the Ehsaas ration program have commenced under Ehsaas. Some of the other programs under Ehsaas include development of the National Socio-Economic Registry, One Window for social protection and livelihoods, The Kafalat Program that aims to drive digital inclusion for women, The Tahafuz Program that creates a safety net for those who suffered catastrophic events, undergraduate scholarship policy, initiatives on child stunting and The Ehsaas Amdan Program.   Furqan Ahmed Syed, CEO PepsiCo Pakistan and Afghanistan commented on the partnership, ‘In the wake of this unprecedented global crisis, PepsiCo is at the forefront of providing assistance to the most vulnerable communities across the world. Within Pakistan, our ‘Millions of Meals’ program has now reached out to communities in all provinces of Pakistan and is supporting them with the day to day nutrition needs. We are working with capable partners who are enabling us in accessing those in need. I am glad that other companies have stepped in and joined this important mission of making meals available to those in need. These are hard times for our country but we are a resilient nation and together we will overcome this challenge” - Mr. Furqan Ahmed Syed, CEO PepsiCo Pakistan and Afghanistan   As efforts accelerate worldwide to provide relief from the ravages of COVID-19, PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) and The PepsiCo Foundation have announced a more than $45 million initiative focused on helping people and communities most affected by this devastating virus. The company is funding vital support including protective gear for healthcare workers, testing and screening services, and is already in the process of distributing more than 50 million nutritious meals to at-risk populations by supporting food banks and other partners around the world.

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PepsiCo Releases 2019 Sustainability Report

  June 20th, 2020 – PepsiCo has published its 2019 Sustainability Report, highlighting progress toward its sustainability goals and reaffirming the company’s agenda to help build a more sustainable food system. The 2019 Sustainability Report shares progress across priority areas where PepsiCo believes it can have the most meaningful impact: agriculture, water, climate, packaging, products, and people. Since 2006, PepsiCo’s philanthropic arm The PepsiCo Foundation has helped over 44 million people in underserved communities around the world gain access to safe water, far surpassing its goal to reach 25 million by 2025. PepsiCo has now set an ambitious new target to reach a total of 100 million people by 2030. In 2019, nearly 80% of PepsiCo’s farmer-sourced agricultural raw materials were verified as sustainably sourced. Looking ahead, the plan is to reach the 100% goal by the end of 2020.   PepsiCo reduced its absolute GHG emissions by 6% across its global value chain in 2019. PepsiCo has signed the UN’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C pledge, committing to set science-based emissions-reduction targets across its entire value chain, all aimed at limiting global warming to 1.5°C, while also developing a long-term strategy for achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.  In Pakistan, PepsiCo is focusing on four main areas; access to safe water, next generation agriculture, youth employability and COVID-19 disaster relief efforts. PepsiCo has aligned with the government of Pakistan on access to safe water to support the ‘Clean Green Pakistan’ program. PepsiCo is working with WaterAid to provide safe water to 140,000 people in the country by 2021.  In addition, the company has made significant progress in water usage efficiency across its operations and aims to replenish 27 million liters of water per annum by 2021 through several water replenishment projects. In the area of agriculture, PepsiCo is leading the ‘Next Generation Agriculture, practices in Pakistan by helping its farmers adopt high efficiency irrigation systems, educating them on alternatives to stubble burning, encouraging peer to peer learning and water conservation. Since 2017, PepsiCo has helped its farmers reduce water consumption by 1.6 billion liters. In line with the Government’s Kamayab Jawan Initiative, the company is expanding its existing support for youth employment and skills development with the help of an education start up – Amal Academy. So far, 2,500 students have gone through the professional technical and soft skills training. 70 percent of job seeking students have received an employment offer within three months of graduating from the Program. PepsiCo is also supporting the ‘Ehsaas Program’ by helping create a circular economy for plastic packaging. As part of its COVID relief efforts PepsiCo Pakistan is also supporting the ‘Ehsaas Program’ through its ‘Millions of Meals’ program and has so far distributed 5.2 million meals across Pakistan with the help of non-profit partners who are deeply rooted in communities. Earlier this year, PepsiCo announced an investment of Rs 775 million (US $5 million) for social impact programs over the next 3 years to continue their support in the above-mentioned key areas. Furqan Ahmed Syed, CEO PepsiCo Pakistan and Afghanistan commented, ’I am proud of the progress we continue to make on our sustainability agenda globally and locally.  We remain committed to aligning ourselves with the government’s priorities and helping tackle long term issues by building a strong network of partners who continue to deliver widespread impact. It is heartening to see our partner potato growers transition to sustainable farming practices with a core focus on conserving water. Our commitment to helping build a better future for people and the planet is part of PepsiCo’s broader vision to become a global leader in convenient foods and beverages by “Winning with Purpose.”’

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PepsiCo announces ‘Millions of Meals’

  March 30th 2020  PepsiCo Pakistan announced the launch of ‘Million of Meals’ program. Through this program, PepsiCo is partnering with reputed charitable organizations to make millions of meals available to communities nationwide, impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. As economic activity is decelerated to combat the COVID-19 epidemic, an increasing number of people are faced with loss of income and earning opportunities. The daily wage workers are particularly vulnerable as they face an immediate loss of livelihood. In these circumstances the need for providing meals to underprivileged communities becomes the foremost requirement. This emergency disaster relief program is a nationwide program that is being run with the help of charitable organizations that are active on the ground at the grass root level. Furqan Ahmed Syed, CEO PepsiCo Pakistan and Afghanistan said, “In the face of this unprecedented crisis, PepsiCo will be at the forefront of providing assistance to the most vulnerable. PepsiCo is launching the ‘Millions of Meals’ program to meet essential nutrition needs of impacted people across Pakistan. We are identifying passionate and dedicated partners who can very quickly make “Millions of meals” available to those in need. We are a resilient nation and we will overcome this challenge together.” The ‘Millions of Meals’ program is rooted in PepsiCo’s global vision of Winning with Purpose’, the company’s commitment to do good for the planet and the communities it operates in. Millions of Meals program is one example of how PepsiCo is providing critical support to communities affected by COVID-19 around the world. The ‘millions of meals’ program is partly funded by The PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo. The PepsiCo Foundation is investing to aid the most vulnerable in numerous countries and is partnering with peers and the public sector to maximize impact.

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