After 12 years leading one of the world’s largest corporations, Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, has announced her resignation. That means there are just two months left for her to leave a legacy that truly matters — for Indonesia’s forests, for palm oil workers, for the orangutans, for the tigers, for you and for me.
Ms. Nooyi has an incredible opportunity to show global leadership on sustainability by closing the huge gaps in PepsiCo’s palm oil policy and by cleaning up its supply chain.
Urge Ms. Nooyi to resolve the outstanding issues of deforestation and human rights abuses in PepsiCo's palm oil supply chain and business partnerships.
To: Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
Dear Ms. Nooyi,
You’ve done much and achieved much for PepsiCo in your rich tenure there and you have good reason to be proud of navigating your company through an exciting decade and more.
You have said that you are proud of having advanced the interests of your shareholders and of the stakeholders in the communities you serve. I urge you to advance the interests of the communities that serve PepsiCo.
Right now, PepsiCo continues to source palm oil from and maintains business partnerships with companies driving deforestation and ongoing worker exploitation in Indonesian communities; “stakeholders” that should benefit from your actions as much as PepsiCo’s shareholders do.
The reality is that what may be considered sustainable for PepsiCo is not sustainable for these people.
I am asking you to use your remaining time and influence to make good on your promises to address these problems and do the hard work to fulfill PepsiCo’s commitment to no deforestation and no exploitation for palm oil.
You have an incredible opportunity to show global leadership on sustainability by closing the huge gaps in PepsiCo’s palm oil policy and by cleaning up its supply chain. I hope you choose to do so.
Imagine leaving a legacy like that: of being the one that takes the hard step to restore humanity and habitat to the palm oil workers and creatures who have sacrificed so much to help make PepsiCo what it has become.