PepsiCo supports International Women's Day

PepsiCo is engaging women at work and in the communities they serve

PepsiCo has made several commitments focused on advancing women both at work and in the communities they serve as part of its global sustainability agenda, Performance with Purpose 2025. Delivering growth while leaving a positive imprint on society and the environment, Performance with Purpose 2025 is a philosophy that guides everything PepsiCo does.

PepsiCo is focused on continuing to develop a diverse, inclusive and engaged workforce that reflects the global communities where they do business. It means striving to achieve gender parity in their management roles and equal pay for women. And it means doing everything they can to support working caregivers.

Investing in women in the workplace

Throughout PepsiCo, they are creating a great place to work with their programs and policies:

  • Australia and New Zealand - Promoting gender equality - Ongoing ANZ commitments to workplace gender equality include encouraging work life quality and flexibility in the workplace; supporting women at all levels of the organisation to progress into more senior positions; and ensuring a firm commitment to pay equity within the business.

    When it comes to supporting female talent, the ANZ team has a strong track record - around 70% of their sales leadership team are female, over 60% of their R&D team are female and a further 40% of senior roles across ANZ are filled by women.

    PepsiCo Australia has been awarded the WGEA 'Employer of Choice for Gender Equality' citation for the three years in a row - and the only food and drink company on most recent list. The citation has been given to the top 100 organisations in Australia that meet the stringent criteria for best practice in promoting gender equality.

    To reinforce their commitment to working families and their well-being, they recently reviewed and enhanced the PepsiCo ANZ parental leave offering, increasing the primary carers paid leave to 16 weeks and the secondary carers paid leave to 2 weeks. This enhanced parental leave policy is the newest addition to a range of existing benefits to ensure that employees feel supported from the moment they decide to have a family, through to their return to work and beyond.
  • Pakistan - Women's Forum and Onsite Childcare - Launched in 2010, the Pakistan Women's Forum is a quarterly event where female associates meet and network with senior leaders. A key outcome of these forums was the creation of onsite childcare respectively in their Lahore offices in 2011 and 2012 at their Foods Plant at the Sundar Industrial Estate in Lahore, thus supporting female associates who wish to work without sacrificing their family responsibilities.
  • Saudi Arabia - Snack Foods Plant - In Saudi Arabia, PepsiCo has established women-only packaging lines and a range of transportation options, including Uber, for female employees to ensure they are able to arrive to and from work in accordance with local practices. PepsiCo's efforts providing a female-friendly workplace for female associates have received top accolades including recognition from the Saudi government.

Supporting women and girls in the community

PepsiCo is also supporting initiatives to spur prosperity for women and girls in the communities PepsiCo serves:

  • Over the next 10 years, PepsiCo is investing $100 million to improve the lives of at least 12.5 million women and girls.
  • Within this goal, PepsiCo has committed to specifically enabling 1.5 million of those women and girls to progress through school and be successful in the workplace.

Across the globe, PepsiCo is empowering women in the communities where they do business to help them realize their full economic potential:

  • India - New Direction (Nayee Disha) - To bring women from rural areas to work in the consumer goods sector, PepsiCo is working in partnership with a consortium that includes the United Nations Development Programme, their bottling partners Varun Beverage, Nestle and Airtel. Through classroom coaching and certification, they're equipping these women for future job opportunities while also strengthening their pipeline of diverse female talent.
  • LATAM - Women with Purpose - Over the next five years, PepsiCo Latin America in partnership with FUNDES Latin America, will offer professional training and seek to integrate women into local value chains, as employees or entrepreneurs. The program will support 10,000 women in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic through education, entrepreneurship, and employment opportunities.
  • United States - Advancing Careers in STEM - The PepsiCo Foundation has partnered with the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) to create Junior Academy to help young people, primarily young women, find careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Junior Academy educates and inspires them to pursue STEM careers using unique content, curricula and mentoring opportunities with STEM professionals including PepsiCo employees.

Performance with Purpose 2025 is more fully discussed in PepsiCo's 2015 Sustainability Report at pepsico.com/purpose.