PepsiCo fizzes in the top half of our scorecard, particularly for its water policies, but still falls flat on land use, the treatment of women and transparency.
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...
The soft drinks giant lacks fizz on land issues. PepsiCo doesn’t recognize the value of community land ownership, but does push suppliers to protect the planet.
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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.
PepsiCo is running projects to tackle some of the issues faced by farmers in its supply chain. Shame, then, that its code for suppliers doesn’t mention farmers’ rights.
PepsiCo has work to do to improve workers’ rights. It doesn’t recognize the right to a living wage, but has at least committed to fighting child, forced and involuntary labor.
PepsiCo’s attitude to climate change lacks urgency. The company reports on related risks but shows no support for reducing agricultural emissions or helping farmers protect themselves.
More transparent than the cola to which it gives its name, PepsiCo is open about its audit processes, but remains too secretive about where it sources many of its commodities.
PepsiCo’s commitment to water issues is impressive. It recognizes the human right to water and is serious about reducing water use. Should disclose more about waste water, though.