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PepsiCo volunteers establish computer lab for girls school


  Lahore; 11 October 2018: PepsiCo celebrated International Day of the Girl Child by establishing the first-ever computer lab for the students at the Care Foundation-adopted Government Girls Elementary School, located in Nawabpura, Lahore. In line with this year’s theme for the International Day of the Girl Child, “With Her: A Skilled GirlForce”, the lab will help 250 girls studying at the school learn essential computer skills. The initiative was led by a group of volunteers from the Information Technology Department of PepsiCo Pakistan. “To be able to physically setup this lab, thinking that the bright young minds of the future will benefit from this, has been a very special experience for me” said Muhammad Adil, one of the lead volunteers on the initiative. PepsiCo is focused on delivering sustainable long-term growth while leaving a positive imprint on society and the environment – a principle known as Performance with Purpose. The company’s focus includes transforming their portfolio and offering healthier options while making the food system more sustainable and communities more prosperous. One of the goals under the Performance with Purpose agenda of PepsiCo is to support initiatives that will benefit at least 12.5 million women and girls around the world, by 2025.

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PepsiCo Launches Third Edition of Change the Game Challenge


  Lahore; 10 October 2018: The Change the Game Challenge, launched by PepsiCo for the first time in 2016, is back. The goal of the competition is to harness ideas from youth on how to solve real business issues. For this year’s Change the Game Challenge, participants are being asked to address the business challenge of managing plastic waste and eliminating plastic in production. Registration for Change the Game Challenge 2018 is open from 10-24 October 2018. Top 5 runner-up teams from the competition will form part of the potential pool for PepsiCo Pakistan’s Management Trainee Program (an accelerated career development platform for recent graduates) as well as the Summer Internship Program for 2019, bypassing all the hiring processes (excluding interviews). The top 2 winning teams will win a grant of USD 100,000 to bring their ideas to life. Finally, the winning team will secure a permanent job offer from PepsiCo, with an added International job experience for 12 months in the Asia, Middle East and North Africa (AMENA) sector offices in Dubai. In case the winners have more than one year to graduate, the award will be a 2 months paid Internship within the AMENA offices. Furqan Ahmed Syed, Vice President and General Manager for PepsiCo Pakistan, said: “The Change the Game Challenge reflects our commitment to sustainability and solving global problems, at a local level. It is also a competition about harnessing the creative potential of our youth to solve critical environmental issues. We look forward to the solutions they propose.” The Change the Game Competition targets 3rd and 4th year Undergraduate students as well as Graduates with a maximum of 2 years’ work experience. Candidates must have a Business or Engineering background. The participants in this competition will have access to educational and informative sessions delivered by PepsiCo professionals, providing them with an unprecedented insight into the workings of the company, and imparting knowledge that they can then transfer to their future careers. Potential candidates are also being scouted through a series of campus drives that will take place in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. For registrations and more information on the Change the Game Challenge, visit www.pepsicochangethegame.com.

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PepsiCo holds graduation ceremony for 2018 interns


PepsiCo’s summer internship program graduation ceremony took place at the PepsiCo Pakistan Head Office, amidst smiles and positivity, as students from across the country were making their way back to their campuses. Over 2,000 applicants went through a 3 step screening process, including an aptitude test, followed by screening and functional interviews. "The type of talent that we saw in our internship prgram was remarkable," said Usman Butt, General Manager for the Foods business. "It was heartening to see the skills and potential of these capable youth. We look forward to next year's program." After final shortlisting, 46 of the best and brightest got selected and accommodated in two different batches. The interns were assigned a total of 33 different strategic projects, specified for each intern during their 6-12 weeks of internship at PepsiCo, which were run in 4 different locations. Out of these 46 interns, 42 were undergraduate students, while 4 were graduate students. "Interning at PepsiCo provided me with a holistic view of how a large scale MNC operates,” says Fatima Yoshida, a student at LUMS. “I have a whole new appreciation for the intricacies within businesses. Companies aren't just entities; they have the capability to touch lives. Just like PepsiCo Pakistan touched mine." Next year’s summer internship program applications will open in late spring. Stay tuned for that announcement!

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PepsiCo celebrates its heroes


What makes PepsiCo great? It’s the people who put their energy, hard work and diligence in everything they do. These are our real faces; our Heroes. We’ve brought the stories of five PepsiCo associates to you, so you can witness firsthand how they nurture their dreams and aspirations. Sanam Sheikh made the bold move from a career in HR after 16 years, and stepped into a core commercial role. Today, she handles the key accounts and trade marketing portfolios and oversees a team that helps build our business, both in foods as well as beverages. She is constantly challenged – but thoroughly enjoys the work. Khadija Muzaffar was a curious young girl, who took a keen interest in the electrical equipment which her brothers used to work on. Nine years ago, she joined PepsiCo as a process operator; today, she is PepsiCo Pakistan’s first female Site Expert Trainer. She continues to climb up the ladder and is changing her and her family's life in the process. Sara Naeem joined PepsiCo as a Management Trainee, and in no time, her passion for environmental sustainability found a home. She got the chance to work on various projects that are helping us achieve critical global sustainability goals, related to our Performance with Purpose agenda. Today, she is on a location-free assignment, working on projects that have a global impact. Muhammad Waseem was one of the first PepsiCo staff members who joined the snacks sales team, when it was formed in 2005. Over a span of 13 years, Waseem grew from a Level 1 employee, into his current Level 8 role as Zonal Sales Manager for Peshawar. After seeing his stellar results, he was awarded the Chairman’s Ring of Honor. Finally, Maqsood Jan, our potato farmer in the picturesque Yasin Valley of Gilgit Baltistan, was the first farmer who was brought on to grow potatoes in that region. Years later, he is a mentor to over 30 other farmers and has improved his standard of living. These stories not only represent the true values of the organization but also show how our talented team makes stringent efforts to ensure that the organization works in synchronization to bring you the products our consumers love. We are so grateful to these staff members - our Heroes - and hope you are just as inspired by their stories. You can watch their individual journeys of triumph on the PepsiCo Pakistan YouTube page. You will appreciate their stories even more.

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Bayaan crowned winner of Pepsi Battle of the Bands season 3


The results of Pepsi Battle of the Bands season 3 are in! You’ve crowned Bayaan as the winner! Formed in 2015, Bayaan’s story can be traced back to the jam sessions of a music show. It was during these jam and recording sessions that the future members of the band - all college students at the time - met and became fast friends. The five-member band, which believes in producing original content, takes inspiration from different genres of music. From Mehdi Hassan to Dream Theater, Junoon, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam and Sound Garden — the playlists of the band members are as diverse as they are. The band comprises of Asfar Hussain on vocals, Haider Abbas on bass, Shahrukh Aslam and Muqueet Shahzad on guitars, and Mansoor Lashari on drums. While Asfar Hussain has an undergraduate degree in musicology, the rest of the band members are self-taught. Bayaan has consistently grown throughout their journey on season 3 of Pepsi Battle of the Bands. Their opening act was their powerful original, “Farda”, and they made it an easy decision for the judges to shortlist them for the top 8. However, as the season progressed, Bayaan would end up in bottom 2 - in 3 out of the 4 knock-out episodes! Yet, the band would make a powerful comeback - be it with their originals - such as the soulful “Raaz-e-Fitna” or a powerful rendition of Junoon’s “Azaadi”. One of the band’s most defining qualities is their strong and moving songwriting. Penned in Urdu, the gritting lyrics of their songs tend to mesmerize music-lovers. Bayaan has showcased 5 original songs through the course of the show’s 3rd season (“Farda”, “Raaz-e-Fitna”, “Tou ka hua”, “Hum Nadaan”, “Paani aur mitti”, “Nahin milta”), showing their ability to make wonderful original music.

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PepsiCo Foundation announces $100,000 grant to WFP Pakistan


Islamabad; August 3rd, 2018 – Ahead of  the start of the academic school year, the PepsiCo Foundation has announced a USD 100,000 grant to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP; the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide). This contribution to the WFP will help deliver 400,000 nourishing meals to underserved adolescent female students in the newly-merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The grant was awarded as a result of Ready, Step, Move…Give!, a step-challenge program created by Healthy Living, PepsiCo’s employee well-being program, and the PepsiCo Foundation, to encourage employees to get moving and focus on their well-being, while giving back to help feed children in need. The newly-merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province consist of areas where there are low levels of female literacy; most girls of high school age are not in school. This collaboration between the PepsiCo Foundation and WFP will encourage girls to continue their study to secondary level, and help keep them in school. “In many parts of Pakistan, children go to school hungry, unprepared to learn and unable to focus.  We are honored to partner with the United Nations World Food Programme to help keep adolescent girls in school,” said Furqan Ahmed Syed, Vice President and General Manager, PepsiCo Pakistan and Afghanistan. “We know the critical role that nutrition plays in a student’s overall performance and we are proud of the passion that PepsiCo employees brought to Ready, Step, Move…Give! to improve their own wellbeing and  help female students succeed by providing a healthy addition to their school day.” Ready, Step, Move…Give! is part of PepsiCo’s Performance with Purpose initiative, a set of goals focused on delivering sustainable long-term growth while leaving a positive imprint on society and the environment. By 2025, PepsiCo has committed to provide access to at least 3 billion servings of nutritious foods and beverages, to underserved consumers and communities, through a variety of channels, and through programs supported by the PepsiCo Foundation. PepsiCo is making steady progress on this goal, and as of 2017, over half a billion servings have been made available.

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2017 Sustainability Report shows significant progress


Lahore; 16 July 2018: PepsiCo International released its 2017 Sustainability Report. The report outlines the progress the company has made towards its sustainability philosophy called ‘Performance with Purpose’. Performance with Purpose is PepsiCo’s vision to deliver top-tier financial performance by improving the products the company sells, operating responsibly to protect the planet and empowering people around the world. PepsiCo has taken steps, globally, to embed these goals in their business and has made significant progress towards achieving them. Most notably, in 2017, 27.5% of the company’s net revenue came from their Everyday Nutrition portfolio. Approximately 16 million people were provided access to safe water since 2006 and 6.4 million women and girls benefited in communities around the world near where the company works. In Pakistan, PepsiCo considers sustainability to be at the heart of its operations. PepsiCo Pakistan’s agriculture and operations teams helped conserve over 1 billion liters of water in 2017 through sustainable farming practices. This number is expected to double by the end of 2018. Similarly, wastewater and air emissions have consistently met stringent standards. The use of alternative energy will expand from the current capacity of 40 KW to 370 KW by the end of 2018. On the human development front, PepsiCo became the first multinational in Pakistan to sign the Women Empowerment Principles. At their snacks manufacturing facility, PepsiCo has increased front line female talent workforce by three fold. The company has also continued their mission of empowering young girls, by mentoring hundreds of female students at Care Foundation-adopted schools.

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PepsiCo and PCSIR sign MoU


Islamabad; 8 June 2018: In a ceremony held today, PepsiCo and the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) reiterated their commitment to ensure the highest quality for PepsiCo’s snack products. Both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), focusing on third party monitoring and testing of PepsiCo snacks products by PCSIR, including Lay’s, Cheetos and Kurkure. “PepsiCo is committed to the development, manufacture and distribution of safe and wholesome products that consistently meet or exceed consumer requirements and adhere to all applicable regulations,” said Furqan Ahmed Syed, Vice President and General Manager for PepsiCo Pakistan. “Our business success is built upon the trust consumers have in our products. We earn their trust by designing, manufacturing and distributing safe, high quality products that deliver high levels of customer satisfaction,” he said. “We are delighted to continue this multi-year engagement with PepsiCo,” said Dr. Shahzad Alam, Chairman, PCSIR. “This collaboration is in line with our goal of working more closely with industry, so that all stakeholders benefit. Moreover, PCSIR has witnessed first-hand the quality standards of PepsiCo snack products”. The agreement builds on an existing partnership PepsiCo has had with PCSIR since 2009, whereby the Council tests and assesses the safety of our snacks products, for which the potatoes and corn are 100% locally sourced from Pakistani farmers. Through their internationally-recognized testing protocols, PCSIR will ensure that PepsiCo snack products will be compliant to all local and international regulations on quality and food safety, so that consumers can enjoy these products with confidence from PepsiCo and PCSIR.

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PepsiCo commemorates World Environment Day


Lahore; 5 June 2018: PepsiCo commemorated World Environment Day at its snacks manufacturing facility, with an interactive session for staff, informative presentations by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and an outdoor demonstration on reuse of organic waste. “World Environment Day allows us to reaffirm our commitment to Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s belief that its success is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world around us,” said Mr. Syed Kazmi, Plant Manager for the snacks manufacturing facility. “We believe PepsiCo Pakistan has tremendous potential to deliver on Performance with Purpose goals of improving the products we sell, operating responsibly to protect the planet, and empowering people around the world.” PepsiCo’s snacks manufacturing facility, located on Sundar Industrial Estate, is a state-of-the-art plant where sustainability is a way of life. Several achievements have been made at the plant as a result of the alignment with our global Performance with Purpose philosophy. For example, wastewater and air emissions have consistently met stringent standards set by the Government of Punjab in its Punjab Environmental Quality Standards, along with a 25% decrease in water usage ratio since 2015. In addition to these steps, the use of alternative energy will expand from the current capacity of 40 KW to 370 KW by the end of 2018. PepsiCo has also committed to planting over 3,000 trees on the Sundar Industrial Estate.

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