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PepsiCo Reports Improved Recycling, Careful Water Use

pepsi-logo.jpgPepsiCo published its fourth annual CSR report, highlighting goals and achievements in three areas of sustainability: human, environmental, and talent.

To minimize its environmental impact, Pepsi has improved water, fuels, and electricity efficiency – saving about five billion liters of water and nearly 500 million kilowatt hours of energy from 2006 to 2007. By the end of 2008, the company started using a recently installed natural gas heat and power system to bottle beverages at its plant in Queens, NY – saving a potential $408,000 a year.

Pepsi renewed its commitments to recycling and launched a sustainable packaging policy. In the spring, Pepsi launched its “Have We Met Before?” campaign to communicate the benefits of aluminum can recycling and encourage Pepsi consumers to make recycling a part of their daily routines.

Still, last month the company trailed behind Coca-Cola and Anheuser Busch to come in third on As You Sow’s Beverage Container Recycling Scorecard.

Around the same time it used the Aquafina water bottle label to tell customers of its CSR goal of making PepsiCo India a “positive water balance” operation.  The report noted that Pepsi has put more than $16 million toward bringing safe water to developing countries.

Pepsi also said it has been developing a diverse and inclusive culture of employees.

In June, Pepsi ranked high on Ethisphere’s 2008 World’s Most Ethical Companies list.

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