Businesses Can Do Well, While Giving Back to the Community.
Companies have a responsibility to the communities they serve. That’s what PepsiCo believes in; making a difference in the lives of people. Having been in Saudi Arabia for more than half a century, the company has firmly committed itself to the Kingdom and its residents, and will continue to do so for many years to come.
Most recently, PepsiCo partnered with The Saudi Food Bank (Eta’am) for an initiative that promoted health and community spirit. Labeled Kilo for Khair, the initiative encouraged PepsiCo employees to start their health and fitness journeys by losing weight. For every healthy kilo shed by employees from March to the beginning of Ramadan, PepsiCo pledged to donate one box of essential food items through the Saudi Food Bank. The boxes, including necessities such as flour, cooking oil, and tomato sauce, as well as Quaker Pasta, Oats and Soup, Lay’s Forno and Sunbites Bread Bites, will be distributed throughout Ramadan to needy families in 16 cities across Saudi Arabia.
The empowerment of people is an important matter for PepsiCo. In partnership with MiSk Fellowship and Traineeship in MiSk Foundation, PepsiCo contributes to the development of the Kingdom’s young generation by focusing on several areas of critical importance to Saudi society today, such as inspiring young people to enter careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, and empowering them with training and development opportunities to pursue careers in these fields.
A 10-week internship program, organized by PepsiCo in collaboration with MiSK Foundation, provides Saudi graduates with experience working in one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies at its main headquarters in New York. PepsiCo also runs internship programs alongside its local university partners, and participates in the Saudi Human Resources Development Fund’s Tamheer programs. Nearly 100 fresh graduates have learnt vital workplace skills and experience through these initiatives, enabling them to become capable and confident contributors towards the realization of Vision 2030.
In 2018, PepsiCo launched the region’s first Million Women Mentors® chapter in Riyadh, creating a local branch of the global movement designed to support the engagement of millions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mentors, both male and female, in order to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to persist, and succeed in STEM programs and careers.
PepsiCo is an inclusive workplace and values the potential for every member of the society to contribute. To this end, the company actively creates an environment in which colleagues with hearing impairments can thrive; this includes a sign language course for every employee, so that they can confidently and competently communicate with everyone. PepsiCo honored Listen to Me Week – an event that raises awareness of the importance of including people with hearing disabilities – by teaching people to sign ‘hello’, ‘thank you’, and ‘goodbye’, in return for free Lay’s, Sunbites, and Aquafina.
“We aren’t just a business, we’re a responsible corporate citizen and we understand the role we have to play in contributing to the positive development of our society,” said Tamer Mosalam, Vice President, General Manager of PepsiCo’s GCC and Levant Business Unit.
“Across the world, PepsiCo has proven its commitment to the communities in which we operate. Whether that is by providing young men and women with internship opportunities to hone their business skills, or supporting community-focused causes that address issues we care about, PepsiCo embraces the opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways.”