“PepsiCo’s Water Replenishment Drive Displays Dedication to Supporting Communities Near Its Operations”
Today, PepsiCo Pakistan took the initiative to celebrate World Water Day 2023 by organizing an event. During the event, the company shared its commitment to replenishing 100% of the water used in its snack manufacturing facilities located in the Sundar and Multan watersheds. This measure is in accordance with PepsiCo’s global vision of becoming Net Water Positive by 2030.
PepsiCo’s efforts to replenish 100% of the water used at its facilities demonstrate the company’s commitment to sustainable water management practices.
By taking this initiative, PepsiCo is actively contributing to the preservation of water resources in the region.
The company’s dedication to achieving a Net Water Positive status by 2030 is a significant step towards ensuring water security for future generations.
Through its efforts, PepsiCo is not only working towards achieving its sustainability goals but is also setting an example for other companies to follow.
By adopting sustainable practices and investing in water replenishment initiatives, companies can play a vital role in preserving the world’s precious water resources.
PepsiCo Pakistan organized an event at WIT LUMS with the primary objective of raising awareness about the importance of water and sanitation. The event also aimed to promote sustainable management of water resources through public-private partnerships.
During the event, PepsiCo Pakistan shared a detailed overview of its various water conservation projects implemented across the country.
These projects involved partnerships with multiple stakeholders, such as the government, non-profit organizations, academia, and policymakers.
By working collaboratively with these entities, PepsiCo Pakistan has been able to achieve significant success in its efforts towards sustainable water management.
Furthermore, PepsiCo Pakistan took the opportunity to honor Dr. Humera Saleem, a Community Leader who has played a vital role in spearheading community mobilization for the PepsiCo Foundation and WaterAid supported Access to Safe Water program in Humak, Islamabad.
Dr. Saleem’s contributions have been instrumental in providing access to safe water to underprivileged communities in the region.
PepsiCo Pakistan’s efforts in raising awareness about water conservation and sustainable management of water resources highlight the company’s commitment to sustainability.
Through its partnerships with various stakeholders and community leaders, PepsiCo Pakistan is setting an example for other companies to follow in promoting sustainable practices and ensuring the availability of water resources.
In the presence of stakeholders from WWF-Pakistan, SDPI, and WIT LUMS, Eugene Willemsen, CEO PepsiCo Africa, Middle East, and South Asia (AMESA), and Furqan Ahmed Syed, CEO PepsiCo Pakistan and Afghanistan, unveiled the Water Stewardship Model Community project.
This comprehensive project is designed to provide water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities, as well as promote sustainable sewage water management in an underserved community in rural Punjab.
This focused intervention aims to deliver positive outcomes by improving water access and stewardship, as well as enhancing sanitation and replenishment through state-of-the-art interventions for WASH and Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS).
The model village is expected to serve as an illustration of the end result of this collaboration, showcasing the positive impact of sustainable water management and highlighting PepsiCo’s commitment to directly benefiting communities within its watershed.
“As an agriculture company at our core, water is a critical resource for PepsiCo’s business. Our Net Water Positive vision is a strong imperative, and we believe it’s essential for food producers like us to ensure that water resources are in a better state due to our presence.
We are committed to achieve sustainable water security, replenishing more water than we use, and supporting collaborative solutions to reduce water stress at the local community-level.
Eugene Willemsen, speaking at the occasion, stated:
Our partnerships and engagement with local stakeholders play a vital role in achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: Water and sanitation for all by 2030. PepsiCo Pakistan’s tangible win is a reflection of our accelerated water stewardship efforts in the region, reinforcing our pep+ sustainability commitment to the people and the planet.”
Through this project, PepsiCo aims to demonstrate its dedication to the Alliance for Water Stewardship and Water Replenishment agenda, promoting sustainable practices that benefit both the environment and the community.
According to Syed M Abul Hassan Kazmi, Senior Director of Supply Chain and Lead of the Office of Sustainability at PepsiCo:
“As a company, we at PepsiCo are revamping the methods we use to utilize water both within and outside of our operational boundaries, especially within our communities. Our ultimate goal is to protect and conserve water throughout our value chain, aligning with our vision of becoming Net Water Positive.
We’re proud to have achieved 100% water replenishment in our company-owned operations in the Sundar and Multan watersheds. Moreover, we’re actively working on accelerated programs that emphasize water conservation and access to safe water for communities.”
Dr. Abubakr Muhammad further commented:
“By harnessing the potential of industry-academia partnerships and technology-driven approaches, we can accelerate progress in water conservation and management in Pakistan.
We’re pleased to support PepsiCo, WWF-Pakistan, and SDPI at the Model Community by collecting and analyzing real-time data of various critical interventions that contribute to community development.”