The Times’ annual list recognises organisations that promote gender equality, diversity, and inclusion. It also celebrates organisations that are creating opportunities for women.

Ian Ellington, General Manager, Walkers Snacks at PepsiCo said: “We’re delighted to be recognised as one of The Times’ Top 50 Employers of Women once again. Gender diversity has long been a focus for PepsiCo and we pride ourselves in ensuring that women are represented at all levels throughout the company.”

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Our culture and principles

Gender equality has been integral to our culture from the very beginning. PepsiCo was the first major US company to have a woman on our Board in the 1950s. Today is no different, and we are very proud to have had a female CEO, Indra Nooyi, who has been leading the business for over a decade.

Strategies for Success – a programme accelerating talent

We remain committed to advancing our female employees, which is why we have implemented Strategies for Success - a long-standing programme designed to accelerate middle-management female talent.

The initiative was developed in 2011, and has gone from strength-to-strength. Over two-thirds of around 200 women who have been through the programme have been promoted.

Engaging with STEM initiatives

Encouraging the next generation of women working in STEM in the UK continues to be a big area of focus for us. We are one of the sponsors of the Talent 2030 Engineering Competition for Girls which encourages 11-18-year-old girls to follow a career path in engineering. We have also been searching for female engineers coming out of education since 2011, providing student placements across numerous sites through a variety of schemes.

Further commitments

Our commitment to advance women in our business has been reinforced by our 2025 Performance with Purpose goals. Some of our commitments include achieving gender parity in our management roles, and ensuring pay equity for women.

Globally, we are dedicated to investing $100 million into initiatives through the PepsiCo Foundation, with the aim of benefitting 12.5 million women and girls around the world by 2025. This support is focused on helping women progress through school, providing workforce training, among many other critical skills.