Through our new People goals, we will advance respect for human rights, promote diversity and engagement, and spur social and economic development in communities around the world.
Economic well-being and respect for human rights are part of the foundation of a healthier relationship between people and food.
Today, billions of people live in poverty, and significant economic disparities and gender inequalities persist around the world. As addressed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, unemployment, particularly among youth, also remains a key global economic challenge. At the same time, employees’ technical skills do not currently match employers’ needs. And within the agricultural sector, which according to the Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN employs one out of every three workers in the world, over half of whom are women in some developing countries, we believe that improvements must have livelihoods and working conditions at their core.
In our own operations, PepsiCo considers it essential to protect and support the safety, health, professional development and human rights of our employees. Fostering a diverse and engaging culture—part of our company’s proud history— promoting women’s equal advancement, and offering policies and benefits for working caregivers are some of the ways we continue to attract the talent base needed to grow our business. We also support our value chain partners to take the same approach to talent development and workers’ rights. We are proud to have invested more than $850 million since 2006 to support communities where we operate, including grants by the PepsiCo Foundation.
PepsiCo has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere® Institute for 10 consecutive years and was included in Fortune Magazine’s Change the World 2016 list, 50 companies that do well by doing good.
In 2015, PepsiCo improved safety practices within our manufacturing operations while increasing the number of on-site health clinics and free wellness screenings. In addition, we continued to strengthen diversity across our company, including the representation of women and people of color. Finally, our support for human rights was extended to more suppliers and their workers through our Supplier Code of Conduct training and through the significant growth of our Sustainable Farming Initiative.
View our 2017 Report and 2025 Agenda to learn more about our progress in each of these areas.
As a multinational company, global employer, and volume buyer of commodities, ingredients, materials and services, PepsiCo has the capacity to influence employment and the rights of workers within our own company, in communities where we work, and in our suppliers’ businesses. We view our involvement in agriculture, in particular, as an opportunity to strengthen growers’ livelihoods and respect for farm workers’ rights. This understanding informs our new People goals, as you’ll see in our 2025 Agenda.
As in all our sustainability efforts, we will continue to work with partners around the world to achieve our People goals while aiming to contribute to broader efforts in human rights, diversity and engagement and prosperity.