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.