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PepsiCo

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Score
43%
Some progress

The soft drinks and snack foods giant is in the top half of our scorecard, particularly for its climate policies and its recent commitment to “zero tolerance” for land grabs. But it still falls flat on support to farmers, the treatment of women, and empowerment of workers.



How are the scores formed?

We assessed publicly available information on the policies and commitments of the 'Big 10' food companies towards the sourcing of agricultural commodities from developing countries. The Scorecard looks at seven themes, weighing each theme equally. The index tackles some cutting edge issues that will require rigorous debate and dialogue between companies, civil society and industry experts. Find out more...

What do the scores mean?

  1. 8 - 10Good
  2. 6 - 7Fair
  3. 4 - 5Some progress
  4. 2 - 3Poor
  5. 0 - 1Very poor

Land

Score 7

PepsiCo has added plenty of fizz on land rights. In March 2014, the company became the second to commit to ‘zero tolerance’ for land grabs, recognizing communities’ land rights and ensuring its bottlers and suppliers do the same. PepsiCo’s land rights policy covers everything from sugar and palm oil to potatoes and corn.

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Women

Score 2

PepsiCo fails to demonstrate basic knowledge about women workers and farmers growing its commodities. It has pledged to offer female workers more support, which is a step in the right direction.

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Farmers

Score 2

PepsiCo is running projects to tackle some of the issues faced by farmers in its supply chain. Nevertheless, the company has a long way to go to demonstrate that it understands its supply chain. PepsiCo also needs to make credible commitments toward supporting the smallholders from whom it sources.

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Workers

Score 3

PepsiCo has work to do to improve workers’ rights. The company does not appear to have a system for identifying high-risk countries for forced labor or low wages. PepsiCo needs to know where labor rights risks are to manage them effectively.

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Climate

Score 6

PepsiCo is another company in the middle of the pack on climate change with some good policies, especially in establishing guidance to suppliers. But progress is needed to address agricultural emissions, adopt science-based targets, invest in renewable energy, and build the resilience of small-scale farmers.

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Transparency

Score 5

As part of its land rights commitment, PepsiCo took the leap of disclosing its top three suppliers and source countries for three major crops. As a result, it has jumped from a score of 3 in February 2014 to 5 in March 2015 – a good start to lifting the veil of secrecy that surrounds its operations.

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Water

Score 5

PepsiCo’s commitment to water issues is impressive. It respects the UN human right to water and is serious about reducing water use. However, the company should ask suppliers to reduce water use and needs to disclose more about whether and how it operates in water-stressed regions.

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