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Americas: PepsiCo reduced operational water use by 26%

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In 2015, PepsiCo reduced its operational water use per unit of production by 26% versus a 2006 baseline.

This exceeded the company’s previously stated goal to reduce operational water use by 20% by the end of the same year.

PepsiCo’s water conservation efforts saved the company more than US$80 million between 2011 and 2015.

This is part of PepsiCo’s broader environmental sustainability agenda, which has delivered more than US$600 million in cost savings over the past five years through the continued progress of the company’s water, energy, packaging and waste-reduction initiatives.

Through the PepsiCo Foundation, the company has partnered with leading non-profit organizations to now reach nine million people with safe water access since 2006, far exceeding its original goal of six million by the end of 2015.

“Access to safe water is an essential building block for improved social, economic and health conditions in communities around the world,” said Dr. Mehmood Khan, vice chairman and chief scientific officer, global research and development.

“Companies have an important role to play in solving global water challenges, and we must continuously seek new ways to apply our unique capabilities and expertise to conserve this most precious resource.”

“By driving down our operational water use and replenishing water within the local watershed, promoting innovative agricultural practices that yield more crop per drop, and enabling access to safe water and sanitation for millions of people, we have achieved important progress and are committed to doing much more in the years ahead.”

PepsiCo’s global water efforts are part of the company’s broader commitment to Performance with Purpose, a fundamental belief that business success is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world.