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PepsiCo enables safe water access for 30,000 in Lahore


  12th September 2020, Lahore – The first phase of PepsiCo’s ‘Access to Safe Water Program’ has made safe water accessible to 30,000 people in Lahore.  With the help of its on-ground partner WaterAid, a total of eight water filtration facilities have been rehabilitated. The intervention has focused on underserved urban settlements in Gulberg, Sultanke and Dhoop Sari. The filtration plants provide sustainable safe water to targeted communities including three schools.  20 water user committees have been formed to oversee the operation and maintenance of the water filtration plants. A female resident of Gulberg commented on the rehabilitated facility in the area,” The water filtration plant in our area was not functional and for a long time I had to travel quite far to get water for myself and my children. I am happy that the plant is functional again and am satisfied with quality of water for my family.” An integral part of the program has been community sensitization on hygiene, water safety and water conservation. 4,000 people were trained on hygiene promotion through interactive sessions such as street theatre and story-telling.  The second leg of the program is underway in Islamabad and the infrastructure invention will be completed by the end of 2020. Going forward, in 2021 the program will have a more focused lens on hygiene promotion and safe storage of water. PepsiCo’s ‘Access to safe water’ program is supporting the Government’s Clean Green Pakistan movement aimed at environmental sustainability by providing access to safe water to 140,000 people in the country by end of 2021.   Mr. Furqan Ahmed Syed, CEO PepsiCo Pakistan and Afghanistan said, “PepsiCo is aware of the critical role water plays in the food system. Our partnership with WaterAid is a testament of our commitment to address local water challenges. Providing access to safe water to underserved communities continues to be a priority for us and is an integral part of our ‘With Purpose’ agenda.” WaterAid Pakistan representative commented, “WaterAid Pakistan is committed to supporting Clean Green Pakistan Initiative by the Government of Pakistan and are happy that through this collaboration with PepsiCo we were able to reach vulnerable populations residing in the urban areas. PepsiCo and WaterAid Pakistan will continue to take initiative to provide access to safe water as part of the Clean Green Pakistan Movement.” PepsiCo’s water strategy is designed to enable long-term, sustainable water security for its business and for local communities that depend on an accessible and reliable supply of clean, safe water. Through partnerships funded by The PepsiCo Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm, PepsiCo since 2006 has helped more than 44 million people gain access to safe water through distribution, purification, and conservation programs, far surpassing the company’s original target to help 25 million people by 2025. PepsiCo has set an ambitious new target to expand safe water access to 100 million people by 2030 with an immediate-term focus on supporting water distribution, sanitation, and hygiene practices.

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PepsiCo Pakistan distributes 10 million meals nationwide


  13 August 2020, Lahore: As part of its ‘Millions of Meals’ campaign, PepsiCo Pakistan has so far distributed over 10 million meals as part of its ongoing COVID-19 disaster relief efforts. ‘Millions of Meals’ is an inclusive, nationwide disaster relief program making millions of meals available to the communities most impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The 10 million meal milestone has been achieved within four months of the campaign launch and was made possible by the on-ground support of reputable charitable organizations.  PepsiCo has also partnered with the Prime Minister’s Ehsaas Program to ensure access to the most vulnerable communities in urgent need of nutrition. As economic activity decelerated during the COVID-19 epidemic and an increasing number of people were faced with loss of income and earning opportunities. In these circumstances, the need for providing meals to underprivileged communities became the foremost requirement. PepsiCo Pakistan announced the launch of ‘Millions of Meals’ program at the onset of the crisis, and with the support of The PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, committed funding of over US$1.4 million to provide meals to those in urgent need of sustenance. Furqan Ahmed Syed, CEO PepsiCo Pakistan and Afghanistan said, “I am very proud to share that the ‘Millions of Meals’ campaign has already distributed over 10 million meals. With the help of our partners, we have ensured access of the program to all provinces and almost all the districts of Pakistan. We have specifically targeted maximum reach to less accessible areas and to marginalized communities. We are committed to helping our communities through these unprecedented times.” 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. The Millions of Meals program is one example of how PepsiCo is providing critical support to communities affected by COVID-19 around the world. PepsiCo together with the PepsiCo Foundation has invested more than $60 million globally and has delivered over 100 million nutritious meals globally to at-risk populations.

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‘Roshan Kal’ a virtual internship for 300 students


  July 11, 2020: PepsiCo Pakistan has announced a virtual internship program for 300 graduates of the PepsiCo-Amal Youth program. The ‘Roshan Kal’ internship aims to provide experiential learning, industry exposure and an insider perspective to young university graduates. It is significant to note that 50 percent of the participants in the program will be women.   ‘Roshan Kal’ virtual internship program will provide mentorship, guidance and a platform for the interns to put the life skills they have acquired, into action. The program is designed to be a digitalized interactive, engaging and immersive experience. It will focus on bringing out the interns’ creativity, innovation and agility; skills that will give them a competitive advantage in the ever-changing world, both professionally and personally. The assignments will be research-based projects varying from topics such as analyzing consumer buying trends, technology solutions for the new normal and learning about organization culture and processes. Mr. Furqan Ahmed Syed, CEO PepsiCo Pakistan and Afghanistan commented, “Supporting Pakistan’s youth is part of our “Winning with Purpose” agenda and reflects PepsiCo's ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of our business. The Roshan Kal Virtual internship program is a continuation of our commitment to youth in alignment with the Pakistan government’s ‘Kamyab Jawan Program’. This year we expanded our internship program for hundreds of young Pakistani graduates in order to provide them with a virtual working experience.” Pakistan’s growing youth population is actively seeking employment opportunities. Despite technical expertise, the key workplace barrier to entry is the professional skills gap. PepsiCo has partnered with Amal Academy to fill this gap by providing professional skills to university graduates so they can gain meaningful employability skills. The PepsiCo Amal Youth program was launched in 2019 as a pilot to train 1,000 students. In 2020, with PepsiCo’s support, Amal Academy has expanded to Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and aims to double the impact by training over 2,000 students by end of this year. Tamakanat Saad a selected intern, based out of Faisalabad commented, “I am thrilled to have been selected for “Roshan Kal’. This virtual internship is a blessing in disguise, as my location doesn’t become a hindrance in benefiting from such an incredible opportunity. I am keen to make the most of this experience, to learn and grow and excited to see the doors that it will open for me.” This investment in youth is part of PepsiCo’s broader social impact commitment in Pakistan following the recent announcement of its intention to invest Rs 775 million in social programs over the next 3 years. Investment in social impact is part of the company’s broader vision to be the global leader in convenient foods and beverages by Winning with Purpose.  One portion of the investment will support the government’s Kamyab Jawan program, by expanding its existing support for youth employment and skills development through the Amal-PepsiCo youth collaboration program.

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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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PepsiCo efforts to provide access to safe water continue


  March 8th  2020 – Chairman Punjab Food Authority Mr. Umer Tanveer inaugurated a rehabilitated water filtration facility in Lahore. The refurbishment was facilitated by the international non-governmental organization, WaterAid, with the financial support from global food and beverage company, PepsiCo. It is expected that 2,373 people from the Basti Allah Ho & Jinnah Park of Gulberg will directly benefit from the new facility, as will an additional 2,500 people from Basti Fateh Abad area will also benefit from this plant. This project is under PepsiCo’s commitment to the Clean and Green Pakistan Initiative launched by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. To support the ‘access to safe water’ pillar of the Clean and Green Pakistan Initiative, PepsiCo is working to provide safe water to 140,000 people in the country by 2021. Speaking at the inauguration Chairman Punjab Food Authority, Mr. Umer Tanveer said, “There is nothing more essential than access to safe water. I applaud the collaboration between PepsiCo and WaterAid in supporting Punjab Government in ensuring access to safe water to marginalized communities in Lahore.” Mr. Furqan Ahmed Syed, CEO PepsiCo Pakistan and Afghanistan said, “Access to safe water is essential to healthy living. With our partners WaterAid, we are on a mission to enable access to safe water for underserved communities in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. This is in line with our global commitment to provide access to safe water to 22 million people by 2025.’ WaterAid Pakistan representative commented, “WaterAid Pakistan is committed to supporting Clean Green Pakistan Initiative by the Government of Pakistan and are happy that through this collaboration with PepsiCo we were able to reach vulnerable populations residing in the urban areas. PepsiCo and WaterAid Pakistan will continue to take initiative to provide access to safe water as part of the Clean Green Pakistan Movement.” Increasing access to safe water for vulnerable individuals is one of the most urgent challenges the world faces. Addressing this challenge has long been a priority for PepsiCo. Through partnerships funded by The PepsiCo Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm, it has provided more than 22 million people in underserved communities around the world 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.

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PepsiCo & Amal Academy Advance Youth Employability


  March 2nd 2020 – Amal Academy, an education start-up founded out of Stanford University held their 15th graduation ceremony for over 1,080 university students at UET Lahore. This is the second year of collaboration between Amal Academy and PepsiCo aimed at providing university students with professional skills to prepare them for their future careers.   This three-month ‘PepsiCo- Amal collaboration on Youth’ program is anchored in developing professional skills of university graduates for them to gain meaningful employment. Pakistan’s growing youth is actively seeking employment opportunities. Despite technical expertise, the key workplace barrier to entry is the professional skills gap. The ‘PepsiCo-Amal collaboration on Youth’ program aims to address this gap. This investment is part of PepsiCo’s broader social impact commitment in Pakistan. Most recently PepsiCo announced its intention to invest Rs 775 million in social programs in Pakistan over the next 3 years. Investment in social impact is part of the company’s broader vision to be the global leader in convenient foods and beverages by Winning with Purpose.  One portion of the investment will support the government’s Kamyab Jawan program, by expanding its existing support for youth employment and skills development through the Amal- PepsiCo collaboration on youth. The PepsiCo-Amal collaboration on youth program was launched in 2019 in Punjab. In the first year of the program, over 1,000 students went through the professional technical and soft skills training. 30 percent of the graduates were women.  70 percent of job seeking students received an employment offer within three months of graduating.  In 2020, with PepsiCo’s support, Amal Academy has expanded to Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and aims to double the impact by training over 2,000 students. The graduation ceremony at UET was attended by Chairman Punjab Higher Education Commission, Dr. Fazal Ahmed Khalid, and esteemed members of the Academia including the Vice Chancellors and faculty members of universities in Lahore, Faisalabad and Peshawar. Since its inception in 2013, over 4,300 students have graduated from Amal Academy.  While speaking on the importance of youth skills development, Chairman PHEC,  Dr. Fazal Ahmed Khalid said, “We are proud to be partnering with Amal Academy and PepsiCo to bring this program to the youth of Pakistan; we must look beyond conventional means to ensure our next generation is equipped with the skills that will help uplift the country.” Mr. Furqan Ahmed Syed, CEO PepsiCo Pakistan and Afghanistan spoke about the company’s vision to support the country’s youth. “We are proud to support Amal Academy and align ourselves with the Pakistan government’s ‘Kamyab Jawan Program’ by supporting youth employment and skills development. This commitment to our country’s future is part of our “Winning with Purpose” and in line with our mission to be In Pakistan, with Pakistan and for Pakistan. It also reflects PepsiCo's ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of our business.” Mr. Benje Williams, Cofounder Amal Academy, congratulated the graduating fellows and Amal team, and thanked PepsiCo, Chairman PHEC and Vice Chancellors of partner universities for their vision and support. “There are many reasons to look at society today and feel pessimistic, but each of you are reasons to feel hopeful. The process of reaching your full potential is a long one, and we are honoured to be on the journey with you,” he said addressing the crowd at the graduation ceremony.

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PepsiCo & Peshawar University Partner on Youth Employability


  February 19th, 2020:  PepsiCo Pakistan, University of Peshawar (UOP) and Amal Academy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Peshawar. Vice Chancellor University of Peshawar, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Asif Khan, Ali Siddiq, COO Amal Academy and Syed Khurram Shah, Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs PepsiCo signed the MoU, to support PepsiCo and Amal Academy’s collaboration on youth skills development. Pakistan’s growing youth is seeking employment opportunities. However, multiple surveys with employers indicate that while most graduates have sound technical skills there is a professional skills gap. This reduces the graduates’ chances of getting hired. It is imperative for the private sector to work with Pakistan’s academia, and with the support from the government to ensure that graduates have the chance to develop the skills and mindsets that are critical to achieve their potential. These partnerships are also critical to help young people successfully transition from their academic life into meaningful jobs and careers. PepsiCo Pakistan in collaboration with Amal Academy is spearheading a professional skills development program with Amal Academy.  In 2019 this collaboration saw the launch of the pilot program with in Punjab and Sindh with promising results. 1,000 university students graduated from the program, 34% of which were women.  70 percent of job seeking graduates were offered employment within three months of completing the program. In 2020, The program has been expanded to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The aim is to enroll 2,000 young men and women. The MoU with University of Peshawar is an endeavor towards that expansion. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Asif Khan commented, “The University of Peshawar as a mother institution of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and flagship educational institution of the country is committed to providing an enabling curricular and co-curricular environment. We look forward to partnering with Amal Academy and PepsiCo Pakistan in supporting the students at UoP in achieving their ambitions, building professional capacity and helping them be successful in their career. We hope this MoU will pave the way for every graduating student of Peshawar University to take advantage of this Career-Prep Fellowship program”. Mr. Ali Siddiq, COO Amal Academy said, “We are delighted to be partnering with the University of Peshawar, as we expand into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Students in KP have enormous potential and with PepsiCo’s support we are excited to empower students to help fulfill this potential as we look to bridge the industry-academia gap in the province. The students at the UoP stands to benefit a great deal from this partnership. Amal Academy would like to thank the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor and the Career Development Centre for their support and for supporting the Amal cause”. Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Khurram Shah, Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy PepsiCo said, “We are honored to partner with the esteemed University of Peshawar to launch a professional skills development program in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. We are hopeful this program will enhance employability skills of university graduates. This collaboration builds on our Winning with Purpose agenda which focuses on unleashing potential by pivoting towards sustainable growth by doing good for the planet and our communities. It is imperative that we work together to address the unemployment challenge in Pakistan, and I want to thank the honorable Vice Chancellor for taking it on with us”.

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