A message from Pamela Culpepper, senior vice president, Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer – PepsiCo

Today, the world will celebrate International Women’s Day. Twenty-seven countries, including China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, to name a few, have even designated this 105-year-old event a national holiday. The question is, will you pledge support?

This extraordinary celebration of women’s equality began in 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. They’ve come along way, considering that last week, women executives from leading global businesses like Yahoo!, Facebook and Hewlett-Packard have dominated the news. The conversation on working conditions and pay for women in business continues to be dynamic, vibrant and capable of changing worldviews.

It goes without saying that our own Chairman and CEO, Indra Nooyi, is invested in this dialogue. In honor of the contribution women make around the world and specifically here at PepsiCo, Indra has recorded a video message.

More than 50 years ago, PepsiCo made its contribution to history when it became the first major American Corporation to appoint a woman to its Board of Directors. Today, female associates are an important contributor to PepsiCo’s strength in the global marketplace, where women are a powerful consumer segment. We know that diverse talents and perspectives make our company successful, and we take great care to weave Diversity & Inclusion into the fabric of our culture.

Even though there is more work ahead of us, I am proud that we continue to stand out for what we have achieved. In 2012, PepsiCo was recognized by the Asia Women In Leadership Forum as “Asia’s Most Woman-Friendly Employer,” as well as by Working Mother magazine as one of the “Best Companies for Multicultural Women.”

Our appreciation of women as both talented leaders and as important consumers is a hallmark of our company today, more than ever. Diversity & Inclusion is core to PepsiCo’s DNA, and we have pledged to create an inclusive workplace that promotes future success.

My question for you is this: how will you pledge to support inclusion on this day, and all year round?