With access to clean water an important part of the holistic water stewardship agenda, the PepsiCo Foundation is also launching a new $ 1 million program with the leading NGO and long-term partner WaterAid to provide families in Sub-Saharan Africa with clean Supplying Water -Year, more than $ 53 million safe access to water initiative that has reached over 20 countries and has served more than 59 million people since 2006.
Jim Andrew, Chief Sustainability Officer, PepsiCo., Said, “The world is running out of time to act on water. Not only is water an important part of our food system, it’s a fundamental human right – and the lack of clean water around the world is one of the most pressing problems our global community faces today. Water scarcity is directly related to the climate crisis, and we at PepsiCo believe that a global effort to be “net water positive” is essential. Not only are we focused on ensuring that people around the world have access to this vital resource, but we are also making water stewardship a priority in our operations everywhere. “
Bold new goals will lead concrete operational measures towards the “Net Water Positive” goal of reducing absolute water consumption and returning more than 100% of the water used in the company’s own and external locations in flood areas to the local catchment area. Risk areas.
The reduction efficiency is to be achieved through the introduction of operational best-in-class or world-class water use efficiency standards that cover more than 1,000 corporate and external facilities, nearly half of which are in high risk watersheds.
By raising the efficiency standard at company-owned locations in high-risk water catchment areas alone, the company can avoid more than 11 billion liters of water per year, which corresponds to a 50% reduction in the company’s water volume at these locations. The company also aims to implement the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard in all flood risk areas in which it operates by 2025.
In addition, his vision is to provide 100 million people with safe access to water by 2030.
The Foundation’s new investments are focused on Sub-Saharan Africa and will help improve water infrastructure, build new water supply systems and equitable sanitation, and promote hygiene education. It will also empower women and girls to become water, sanitation and sanitation officers in their communities by providing them with the funding and training to maintain water access points and sanitation for years to come.
This new program comes at a critical time as the Covid-19 Delta variant is spreading around the world and poses a particular risk to water-scarce communities. Many countries, such as those in sub-Saharan Africa, lack the water infrastructure or supply to prevent and treat diseases – for example, almost 70% of households in the region have no place for families to wash their hands and water. Given the importance of hand washing and disinfecting in combating the pandemic, this makes communities very vulnerable to Covid-19 spikes. This problem is exacerbated by the slow pace of vaccine distribution in the region.
CD Glin, Vice President, Global Head of Philanthropy at PepsiCo., Said, “We learned quickly at the onset of the pandemic that hand washing and proper hygiene are critical to slowing its spread, but access remains for millions around the world As a result, millions of lives remain at risk and until we address this crisis the region will remain particularly vulnerable to viruses like Covid-19. This inequality in water access not only contributes to the severity of the pandemic, it also contributes to the severity of the pandemic affects many other development goals in the region, including food production, gender equality, climate resilience and poverty reduction. We are proud of our continued partnership with WaterAid, to bring this program to the region and are excited to invest in the water scarcity areas that most need this resource. “
The investment in Sub-Saharan Africa is an extension of the Foundation’s long-term collaboration with the leading international organization with over 40 years of experience in providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene to communities worldwide, including active programs in Colombia, India and Pakistan in Partnership with the foundation.
This partnership is a cornerstone of the foundation’s Safe Water Access program, which has raised more than $ 10 for every $ 1 invested since 2005 and nearly $ 700 million in additional funding for investing in safe water access in partnerships with nonprofits catalyzed worldwide.
Kelly Parsons, CEO of WaterAid America, said, “The PepsiCo Foundation is a loyal WaterAid partner on three continents. It funds critical programs, offers flexibility to respond to the pandemic, and shouts loud and clear about the importance of safe water access for the billions who lack it. We are proud to partner with the PepsiCo Foundation and do everything in our power to support their goal of reaching 100 million people by 2030. “