Sustainability Definition for PepsiCo India Operations

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ALL MATERIAL POSTED HEREIN IS THE RESULT OF A HYPOTHETICAL ROLE-PLAY FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES. IT IS A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT OF A COMMUNICATIONS CLASS AT THE MARLBORO GRADUATE SCHOOL SUSTAINABLE MBA PROGRAM AND IS IN NO WAY AUTHORED OR RELATED TO THE ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTED BELOW.

 

Sustainable Water Use in PepsiCo India’s Operations: As a local, renewable yet limited natural resource, community access to water must not be compromised by PepsiCo manufacturing operations. PepsiCo’s water use in India will reach a sustainable level by:

  • Contextualizing the clean water limits and thresholds of individual communities where Pepsico is operating, so as not to exceed these limits and so as not to deprive the community their basic right to water nor the company an future water supply ample enough to ensure profitability. [OUTCOME: Employ Corporate Water Gauge tool & assessment at all 39 sites; Apply a public Water Availability Ranking System using specific threshold figures (i.e. “Water Scarce” or “Water Secure”) to each of PepsiCo’s operating sites.]
  • Prioritizing the needs of the people and community in order to maintain a flourishing relationship with the municipality as well as meeting the needs of both the shareholders and stakeholders. [OUTCOME: Use Ceres AquaGauge and work with local and national organizations to understand the landscape of water use with regards to PepsiCo operations.]
  • Employing all reasonable means to safely recharge the water supplies for the communities where PepsiCo operates, starting in the least water secure communities. [OUTCOME: Continue to test and employ measures that produce “Water Credits” such as rainwater harvesting, in-plant water recycling, safe wastewater processing, etc.]
  • Expanding PepsiCo’s internal understanding of its water use and sustainable responsibility to include supply chain production as well as in-plant manufacturing use. [OUTCOME: Use Ceres AquaGauge and work with stakeholders to determine reasonable supply chain responsibility; Eventual redefinition of “Water Debit” to include supply chain water use.]

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