Moving up two spots this year, Pepsi believes investing in a healthier future for people and the planet means a more successful future business. As the flagship brand spearheading PepsiCo’s Performance with Purpose commitment, Pepsi is continually finding innovative ways to minimize its impact on the environment; advance wellness, diversity, and equality in the workplace; and give back to the communities in which it operates. Among its sustainability achievements, PepsiCo avoided the emissions of over 490,000 metric tons of greenhouse gasses in 2012, equivalent to the energy consumption of over 90,000 passenger vehicles. Since 2006, the company has increased operational water efficiency by more than 20 percent, saving nearly 16 billion liters of water in 2011 alone, and reducing water- and energy-related costs by more than USD $45 billion. In fact, the company was awarded the prestigious Stockholm Industry Water Award last year, and has been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the Carbon Disclosure Project for leadership in promoting sustainable business practices. The company reached its goal of helping three million people gain access to safe drinking water in Africa, Asia, and Latin America two years ahead of schedule, and aims to double that figure by 2015. As the creator of the world's first 100 percent plant-based PET bottle made from fully renewable sources, it has reduced resin plastic use by more than 100 million pounds. It also continues to lead the industry in the use of post-consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) in its soft-drink containers, and has been steadily decreasing its packaging footprint. Additionally, the company is committed to removing hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) from vending machines and has slashed fuel and electricity use. Although its waste-to-landfill intensity increased this year, the company continues to achieve impressive sustainability goals and, with new global CMO Kristin Patrick on board, Pepsi looks primed to keep perceptions high.