The PepsiCo Foundation provides Safe Water Network important funding, as well as expertise and personnel to help overcome the many obstacles to local sustainability. Since 2008, the PepsiCo Foundation has awarded over $5 million in grants, beginning with an initial $3.5 million grant to provide safe water access to 228,000 people in India.
Besides providing direct funding for our Safe Water Stations, PepsiCo Foundation’s support has enabled the refinement and standardization of a comprehensive set of tools, processes, and manuals addressing all aspects of the construction and operation of a Safe Water Station called Tools for Safe Water Stations. PepsiCo also provided important expertise into our award-winning brand development of iJal in India, which included a consumer messaging campaign based on Tablet computers. The Foundation has also provided support for our water conservation efforts.
PepsiCo insight has been injected into Safe Water Network at a variety of levels: Rich Delaney, PepsiCo's former senior vice president for Global Operations is a Safe Water Network board member, and Steve Reinemund, former CEO of PepsiCo, helped co-found Safe Water Network along with Paul Newman and other civic and business leaders. Former PepsiCo India executive vice president of consumer insights, Sangeeta Gupta, is now an advisor to Safe Water Network India. In addition, several former PepsiCo employees work at Safe Water Network in a variety of capacitie, including Ravi Sewak and Charles Nimako, the heads of our India and Ghana offices.