Yesterday, The PepsiCo Foundation confirmed a $4.2 million grant to WaterAid, a leading international water and sanitation non-governmental organisation, to provide clean water access to communities in southern India facing extreme water shortages.
This followed last week’s announcement of an additional $2 million donation to the China Women’s Development Foundation, an organisation PepsiCo has been working with since 2001.
To date, the business has invested over $40 million in safe water access solutions as part of its goal to support 25 million people by 2025.
Roberta Barbieri, PepsiCo vice president, Global Sustainability, described access to safe water as one of the most urgent global challenges.
“Over the last decade, we have been focused on grassroots solutions to this challenge as well as partnering with experts in communities around the world to support innovative, sustainable and local water solutions,” she said. “Access to safe water is at the heart of PepsiCo’s global water strategy, in which we aim to enable long-term, sustainable water security for our business and others who depend on water availability.”
Sarina Prabasi, US CEO of WaterAid said strong public-private partnerships drive scalable, lasting impact.
“To improve access to clean water, it’s essential that corporations step up and invest in collaborative action, just as PepsiCo is doing as part of its leading performance with purpose agenda.”