Nasdaq-listed fast-moving consumer goods company PepsiCo has introduced an initiative called Pep+, which will inform the company’s end-to-end transformation strategy that has sustainability at the heart.
The transformation will involve all aspects of the supply chain from how the company sources ingredients and makes its products in a more sustainable way, through to engaging people to make better choices for themselves and the planet.
“Pep+ reflects a new business reality, where consumers are becoming more interested in the future of the planet and society. The initiative will change our brands and how they win in the market,” says PepsiCo chairperson and CEO Ramon Laguarta.
He explains that its potato chips brand Lay’s will source potatoes grown on land with regenerative farming practices and ensure these are cooked and delivered using a net-zero and net water positive supply chain, and sold in a bio-compostable bag and with the lowest sodium levels on the market.
“Imagine the scale and impact when sustainability is applied to all 23 of our brands.”
Another positive movement is the Ceres fruit juice brand launching a project that will see all the plastic straws on its juice boxes replaced by biodegradable paper straws, while the packaging of Ceres products is already fully recyclable.
For PepsiCo sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), in particular, the focus will be on advanced food relief efforts for vulnerable communities and making positive social impacts through its brands.
PepsiCo SSA plans to invest R300-million on agricultural activities that build the capacity of disadvantaged emerging farmers and black-owned businesses, promote regenerative farming practices and encourage the adoption of innovation to revitalise local production capacity within South Africa’s agricultural sector.
Other investments will include R100-million for small and medium-sized businesses within the company’s supply chain and R200-million for education assistance, including scholarships for previously disadvantaged individuals to acquire skills that contribute to improving the South African food system.
Moreover, the PepsiCo Foundation in August launched a $1-million programme alongside WaterAid to bring safe water to families in SSA. This investment builds on a prior grant of $350 000 provided by the foundation to fund water access and sanitation projects in communities across South Africa.
“We are offering consumers positive choices that use less plastic, create fewer emissions and are better for people. Pep+ is our roadmap to create the food and drinks people love, in a way that helps build the sustainable future we must all have,” concludes PepsiCo SSA CEO Tertius Carstens.