PepsiCo continues to find ways to reduce the percentage of the global water supply it needs to run its operations — and the results have been good for the environment and the company’s bottom line. The PepsiCo initiative is a model way forward in that it couples environmental concerns and conservation with corporate profits. Corporations under pressure to grow revenue are far more likely to realize environmentally friendly goals when these goals align with their fiscal responsibilities. In PepsiCo’s case, this is an excellent example of two often opposed interests (profits, environmental conservation) dovetailing.
PepsiCo reduced its “operational water use per unit of production” by 26 percent against its usage a decade ago, beating its goal by six percent. The company reports that in doing so it saved $80 million between 2011-2015 on water conservation alone. PepsiCo reduced “absolute water usage in its operations by approximately 3.2 billion liters in 2015, while still growing its beverage and snacks manufacturing volume.”