The PepsiCo Foundation had announced the expansion of its water access initiatives in India with an aim to positively impact 2, 00,000 people in communities around its plants. PepsiCo Foundation will provide a US $4.26 million grant to WaterAid, a leading international non-profit, to provide safe water access to communities in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala by December 2020.
The project is in line with Goal 6 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which covers access to safe water and sanitation. Globally, PepsiCo, through its Performance with Purpose 2025 agenda’, has a goal to provide access to safe water to a total of 25 million people since 2006 in the world’s most at-risk areas.
Over the next three years, WaterAid in India will focus on implementing solutions that will help increase access to clean water; build community and government capacity to manage water resources including regular water quality testing, conduct trainings for operation and maintenance; and educate community members to adopt sustainable sanitation and hygiene practices.These solutions are aimed at helping improve water security for these communities and will also promote water conservation and recharge measures including rainwater harvesting.
"PepsiCo respects the basic human right of access to clean and safe water. As part of its signature platform, Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo aims to help communities effectively conserve, manage, and distribute water. In India, we work on several programs that focus on water replenishment, livelihood enhancement. PepsiCo Foundation’s partnership with WaterAid supports our goal to improve water security for communities through Sustainable Access to Safe Water."said Ahmed ElSheikh, President & CEO, PepsiCo India.
VK Madhavan, Chief Executive, WaterAid India said, "Universal access to clean water is a collaborative effort. WaterAid is committed to positive engagements with the private sector in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 universal access to safe water and toilets. We see a synergy between the PepsiCo Foundation’s efforts to provide safe water and our own work, and look forward to creating a stewardship around water that involves all citizens and stakeholders."
The grant builds on investments worth over US $17 million that the Foundation has made in India to date. These grants have been focused on providing safe water and sanitation solutions to underserved communities and have positively impacted 10 million people in water-stressed areas. Programs included partnerships with NGOs like Safe Water Network to set up more than 100 community Reverse Osmosis (RO) water stations in India and Water.Org to provide access to safe water and sanitation through micro-lending.
About PepsiCo India’s initiatives on water
PepsiCo India has been taking solid steps to conserve water and in 2009 the India businesses reported a Positive Water Balance for manufacturing. In 2009, PepsiCo India replenished more water than it consumed in its manufacturing processes thus achieving Positive Water Balance and has been Water Positive in manufacturing ever since. This achievement has been independently assured by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd. after a rigorous examination of their manufacturing water usage and watershed replenishment practices and savings in accordance with global evaluation standards. In 2016, PepsiCo progressed even further increased the amount of water saved and is now Water Positive by more than 14.48 billion litres. This was achieved by simultaneously working on two fronts First, by reducing its water debit, that is, the amount of water used within its operations and second by increasing its water credit, that is the amount the Company gave back, by recharging and replenishing water through sustainable initiatives in agriculture, within communities and in its plants.
The PepsiCo Foundation
Established in 1962, the PepsiCo Foundation works with non-profit partners to develop innovative, sustainable solutions that address challenges in underserved communities around the world. The Foundation, along with PepsiCo and its employees, seeks to catalyze efforts that advance their Performance with Purpose 2025 goals related to increasing access to nutritious servings, providing access to safe water, partnering to increase recycling rates, and enabling young women to progress through school and be successful in the workforce.
WaterAid is an international non-profit, determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. Only by tackling these three essentials in ways that last, can people change their lives for good. WaterAid in India since 1986 has successfully implemented water, sanitation, and hygiene projects, extending benefits to some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities across 11+ of India’s 29 States.