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Partnering to Expand Access to Water: PepsiCo and CWC Announce Achievement of Safe Water Goal

Earth Institute partner PepsiCo announced today that the company has achieved its stated goal of partnering with organizations, including the Columbia Water Center, to provide  access to safe water to three million people in developing countries by the end of 2015.

A farmer works on a water canal at a CWC project site in North Gujarat, India. Photo: Columbia Water Center.
A farmer works on a water canal at a CWC project site in North Gujarat, India. Photo: Columbia Water Center.

Through the PepsiCo Foundation, PepsiCo has collaborated with the Columbia Water Center to identify and execute projects to provide access to water resources to millions of people in underserved communities in China, India, Mali and Brazil.

The company’s announcement was made in conjunction with the Earth Institute at the State of the Planet Conference, which is being sponsored by the PepsiCo Foundation. The Earth Institute and the PepsiCo Foundation have had a successful working relationship on water-related projects since the Foundation’s $6 million grant in 2008 helped found the Columbia Water Center and launch several innovative projects.

For more information, you can see the press release here.

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales.  For more information, please visit

About the PepsiCo Foundation
Established in 1962, the PepsiCo Foundation is the philanthropic anchor of PepsiCo, responsible for providing charitable contributions to eligible non-profit organizations. The Foundation is committed to developing sustainable partnerships and programs in underserved regions that provide opportunities for improved health, environment and education. For more information, please visit:


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