2013 - Retail & Consumer Products

Retail & Consumer Products

Helmi Ansari

Director, Sustainability, PepsiCo Foods Canada

Helmi has led the effort to engage PepsiCo Canada’s organization to embrace sustainability as a key initiative, enabling over 300 people across the business to be owners and champions for environmental sustainability in their own daily jobs and work locations throughout Canada. Because these values now permeate PepsiCo Canada’s workforce of 2,500, the company is able to divert more than 99% of waste through its “Journey to Zero Landfill,” which encompasses all its 17 distribution centers and 8 plants. PepsiCo Canada has developed technically challenging engineering projects that aim to take the carbon footprint of core food-cooking processes to “Net Zero,” an effort never before undertaken in Canada. The entire delivery fleet has shifted to electric vehicles; heat recovery is standard in every manufacturing facility; and water use has been reduced by over 40%. PepsiCo Canada’s new mantra, as introduced by Helmi, is “Leave no trace.”


Commitments for 2013: In September 2012 at the Clean50 Summit, most attendees made public commitments for things they would do to "further sustainability" over the next 12 months. Ansari's commitments were:

- I will facilitate a discussion in my industry about key sustainability metrics
- I will look for a way to share my expertise in a developing country
- I will assess my green procurement framework, commitments, policies and procedures
- I will work through my industry (or other sector) organization to share best practice and identify synergies
- I will mentor one (or more) person(s) building a career in sustainability
- I will continue to build my own capacity as a sustainability practitioner
- Will lead the leaders
- I am going to lead by example