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How PepsiCo is Tackling the Global Water Crisis

01/21/2015   •   Profession news
How PepsiCo is Tackling the Global Water Crisis

“We’re very proud that we were able to reach our 2015 goal of improving water-use efficiency by 20 percent per unit of production well ahead of schedule,” explained Liese Dallbauman, Director of Water Stewardship for PepsiCo, in an interview for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "The demand for water is increasing and will continue to do so. This is due partly to population growth, but improved living standards also are a driver. At the same time that demand is increasing, supply is becoming less reliable, and often the water that’s available is of poor quality due to pollution or ‘natural’ contamination. This is a global problem and we all have to work on that. From a manufacturing perspective, we’ve used our ReCon (Resource Conservation) Water program to reduce the amount of water that we use to make our products. We strive to be responsible water users everywhere, allthough we realize that this doesn’t mean the same thing in all places. Some solutions, like leak detection and repair programs, are broadly applicable; others, like rainwater harvesting, make sense in some locations but not in others. The key is understanding that a one size approach doesn’t fit all, and we all need to cooperate and join forces to deal with this problem. By cooperating and partnerships with other companies, we were able to contribute our perspective and expertise to the collective business approach to water stewardship. In 2009, we were among one of the first global companies to publicly recognize water as a basic human right. We will continue to work toward incorporating the five elements of this right (safety, sufficiency, acceptability, accessibility and affordability) into our business. You can read the whole interview on the following link: http://www.trust.org/item/20150115023656-fi2qk/