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Apr 10, 2023

How PepsiCo secured an ESG reporting hat trick

Why PepsiCo won best ESG reporting (large cap) at Corporate Secretary’s 15th annual Corporate Governance Awards

This is the third year in succession that PepsiCo has taken home an award for its ESG reporting. The firm shares detailed ESG-related information with stakeholders across several platforms that in themselves continue to adapt and improve. The 2021 ESG summary, for example, marked a shift from the previous sustainability report with a high-level overview of the company’s pep+ (or PepsiCo Positive) agenda and progress made during the year.

The summary is also designed to demonstrate the integration between ESG and the firm’s business and to link with PepsiCo’s ESG topics A-Z platform, which offers deep-dives on around 50 sustainability-related issues. Users can employ a ‘report builder’ function to download the information they need.

Since 2020, the team has added new pages to the report, including those related to PepsiCo’s green bond, breast-milk substitutes, open innovation, data privacy, sustainable product design and philanthropy. It has also added new detail on data governance, product safety & quality and stakeholder engagement.

In addition, over the last couple of years the company has started releasing information about its progress toward greater workforce diversity. ‘Data integrity is vital to maintaining trust between PepsiCo and our stakeholders; our strict data governance is core to delivering this integrity,’ the company writes.

All public reporting undergoes several levels of review, including vetting by the legal and corporate control teams, the sustainability office, subject matter experts and a disclosure committee. External assurance is sought for certain sustainability metrics.

This is an excerpt of an article featuring in a special report celebrating the winners of Corporate Secretary’s 15th annual Corporate Governance Awards. You can access the full article and reports on all the other honorees here.

Ben Maiden

Ben Maiden is the editor-at-large of Governance Intelligence, an IR Media publication, having joined the company in December 2016. He is based in New York. Ben was previously managing editor of Compliance Reporter, covering regulatory and compliance...