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?
- 8 - 10Good
- 6 - 7Fair
- 4 - 5Some progress
- 2 - 3Poor
- 0 - 1Very poor
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.See how other companies score on Land
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.See how other companies score on Women
PepsiCo is running projects to tackle some of the issues faced by farmers in its supply chain and has made modest improvements in understanding their situation. PepsiCo still needs to make credible commitments toward supporting the small-scale farmers from whom it sources.See how other companies score on Farmers
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.See how other companies score on Workers
In jumping up 1 point on climate, PepsiCo is in the middle of the pack on climate change. It has some good policies, especially around establishing guidance to suppliers and reporting on achieving zero deforestation. But it needs to make progress on addressing agricultural emissions, adopting science-based targets, investing in renewable energy, and building the resilience of small-scale farmers.See how other companies score on Climate
PepsiCo took a step forward by disclosing its top three suppliers and sourcing countries for three major crops in 2014. But is it still making progress on transparency? PepsiCo has a lot more work to do, particularly regarding disclosure of its tax reporting, sourcing volumes, and supplier compliance.See how other companies score on Transparency
PepsiCo’s was the first company to commit to respect the human right to water and is serious about reducing water use. However, the company has more work to do on supply chain management.See how other companies score on Water