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Delivering Sustainable Long-Term Growth While Leaving a Positive Imprint on Society and the Planet

Today, the global food system brings nutrition, economic opportunity, convenience and enjoyment to more people than ever before, but it faces significant pressures that threaten its future ability to meet the needs of a growing global population. At PepsiCo, we believe that there is an opportunity to change how the world produces, distributes, consumes and disposes of foods and beverages in order to tackle the shared challenges we face. We aim to use our scale, reach and expertise to help build a more sustainable food system; one that can meet human needs for nutrition and enjoyment, and continue to drive economic and social development, without exceeding the natural boundaries of the planet. As well as being the right thing to do, working to realize this purpose is also good for our business. Where our food system may be operating in an unsustainable way, it can create supply chain, operational and financial risks for our company. By contrast, addressing risks within our value chain and the wider food system effectively can create new opportunities for competitive advantage and future market growth, while also supporting the communities in which we operate.

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Sunbites Sustainability Actions


Over the next 30 years, global demand for agricultural products will grow by as much as 50 percent. Yet, already, agriculture accounts for around 70 percent of the world’s fresh water consumption and about a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. It also contributes to deforestation, biodiversity loss, and land and water pollution. While farming drives rural development, some agricultural regions are also impacted by poverty, inequality and human rights abuses. Agriculture is the foundation of the food system and the root of PepsiCo’s business. To make our foods and beverages, we use more than 25 crops sourced across 60 countries, and support over a hundred thousand jobs in and throughout our agricultural supply chain. This scale and reach means the standards and practices that we employ and promote can influence the environmental, social and economic impacts of agriculture around the world. Our Next Generation Agriculture strategy aims to drive progress in making agriculture more resilient, intelligent and inclusive. In Australia and New Zealand we partner with our potato growers and suppliers to support sustainable agriculture by identifying and sharing best practices and investing in new technologies.


Water is fundamental to our food system and to PepsiCo’s business. It nourishes the crops used to make our products, is the main ingredient in many of our beverages and an integral component of our manufacturing operations. But in some regions water is scarce, and climate change is worsening pressures on water resources around the globe. Estimates indicate that by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in water-stressed regions. PepsiCo’s positive water impact strategy focuses on improving water stewardship across our business and in regions where we operate. Our ultimate goal is to support long-term, sustainable water security for all users, especially in high water-risk areas. As well as taking action in our own value chain, we aim to use our expertise and influence to advocate for the local policies and practices that can protect and replenish watersheds. In Australia and New Zealand we have reduced water consumption at our manufacturing sites by more than 60% since 2006.


In an efficient food system, packaging helps make safe, high-quality products accessible to all, extending shelf life and helping to limit food waste. But, for it to have a role in a more sustainable food system, we must eliminate packaging waste. In 2018, plastic represented just under half of the total packaging material PepsiCo used, with aluminium, glass and fibre making up most of the balance. In that year, we used 2.3 million metric tonnes of plastic to package products throughout our food and beverage portfolio. While plastic offers a highly effective, lightweight packaging material, producing petroleum-based plastic is a carbon-intensive process and, globally, only 14 percent of what is used is collected for recycling. The rest becomes waste. Where it is disposed of irresponsibly or where waste management is ineffective, it litters our communities and pollutes our oceans. We have set an ambitious target to reduce 35 percent of virgin plastic use across our beverage portfolio by 2025. Progress will be driven by the increased use of recycled content and alternative packaging materials. Across PepsiCo’s business and our brands, we’ve made it a business imperative to help build a circular future for packaging and a world where plastics need never become waste. To help build a circular economy for soft plastics, PepsiCo Australia has partnered with REDcycle to encourage consumers to recycle their chip packets. REDcycle's processing partner, Replas, then converts soft plastics into a range of sturdy products – from fitness circuits, outdoor furniture, bollards and signage. In 2020, we launched a program called ‘Greening the Green’, which consists of a 12-week program that will see Clean Up Australia, PepsiCo and REDcycle (with support from Replas) partner with 110 local sporting facilities across the country. The program has been designed to educate and change behaviours about waste management. Once the 12-week program is complete the sporting facilities receive equipment made by the recycled materials, demonstrating to Australians that what they put in the soft-plastics bin can be transformed into items the community can use. We are also signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant. This initiative provides added tools and new ideas to further our progress in Environmental Sustainability.

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Sunbites Sustainability Commitments



Achieve 100% sustainably sourced* potato, whole corn, oats, oranges, palm oil and sugar cane by 2020



Achieve sustainably sourced priority raw materials based on business needs by 2025



Improve water use efficiency by 15% in our agricultural supply chain (focused on corn & potatoes). Improve operational water use efficiency by 25%. Replenish 100% of the water we consume in manufacturing operations. Adopt the Alliance for Water Stewardship standard as our vehicle for water advocacy. Deliver safe water access to 25 million people by 2025

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