Sylvia Cruz-Vargas

Silvia Cruz-Vargas is a Senior Manager Programs & Partnerships within PepsiCo’s Global Citizenship & Sustainability team. She is responsible for leading and directing efforts surrounding PepsiCo’s philanthropic interests in the areas of Human and Environmental Sustainability. In addition, Silvia oversees the external reporting process for Sustainability Reporting. As part of her role, Silvia leads and coordinates key relationships for the PepsiCo Foundation and is part of Adelante, PepsiCo’s Hispanic network of employees. Silvia began working at PepsiCo in 2010 as part of the Global Operations Group supporting PepsiCo’s international businesses. She has also participated on global cross functional teams within PepsiCo. She holds a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs as well as a Bachelors of Science and Masters in Environmental Management from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia.

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Partnering to Improve Rural Water and Sanitation in Colombia

Co-authored by Silvia Ortiz-Stradtmann, Water and Sanitation Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank The PepsiCo Foundation and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), together with other partners, are in Colombia today for the official launch of a series of pilot projects to tackle water and sanitation challenges faced in rural Colombian communities. The projects will test and develop innovative models to provide sustainable water and sanitation services to underserved communities. Water and sanitation play a significant role in poverty eradication, health and education and are intrinsically linked to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In countries like Colombia, there continue to be challenges in reaching the water related MDGs given that there is only a 45% water and 16.8% sanitation coverage in the country’s rural areas. The AquaFund – a program supported with funds from the IDB, the PepsiCo Foundation, the government of Switzerland, and the government of Austria – provides grants... Read more

Giving Students a Lesson on Nutrition and Heritage in the Garden

Para leer este artículo en español, haz click aquí. This September marks one year since the PepsiCo Foundation– PepsiCo’s philanthropic arm – launched the pioneering Edible Teaching Garden and Culinary Arts Program in partnership with LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the grassroots project aims to teach Mexican and Mexican-American children about the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables, while discovering Mexican-American history and culture, which firmly supports PepsiCo’s commitment to helping people lead healthier lives. Our partners from LA Plaza de la Cultura y Artes built an amazing 30,000 square foot garden with a variety of vegetables and fruits, which over the course of the year, have grown into something these kids can truly be proud of. The organization provides food classes on a daily basis to children that live in the outskirts of urban Los Angeles and... Read more

Lecciones de Nutrición y Herencia Hispana se Enseñan en un Jardín

To read this article in English, click here Este mes de Septiembre marca un año desde que la Fundación PepsiCo-  el brazo filantrópico de PepsiCo INC- lanzó el programa de enseñanza alimenticia y artes culinarias en asociación con LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.  Localizado en el corazón de Los Angeles, el proyecto tiene como objetivo enseñar a los niños Mexicanos y Mexicano-Americanos sobre el valor nutricional de las frutas y los vegetales, mientras descubren la historia y cultura México-Americana, que reafirma el compromiso de PepsiCo de ayudar a las personas a llevar un estilo de vida más saludable. Con fondos provenientes de la Fundación PepsiCo, nuestros socios de LA Plaza de la Cultura y Artes construyeron un jardín increíble de 30,000 mil pies cuadrados con una gran variedad de frutas y verduras, que en el transcurso del año se ha convertido en un lugar de... Read more

Celebrating Water Partnerships

Water is a critical resource for PepsiCo and we are seriously committed to its sustainability globally. To enhance our ongoing water stewardship efforts, the PepsiCo Foundation hosted the inaugural Water Partnership Dialogue at corporate headquarters in Purchase, New York in July 2012. For several years, the PepsiCo Foundation has played a leading role in efforts to support PepsiCo’s water sustainability goals. In 2008, we created a diversified portfolio of initiatives and started on a journey to reach three million people with access to safe water by 2015, in tandem with the company’s overall goal to increase access to safe water in water-distressed areas. As part of the journey, we have taken a collaborative and groundbreaking approach to develop multiyear agreements with the China Women’s Development Foundation (CWDF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), The Earth Institute’s Columbia Water Center (CWC), the Safe Water Network (SWN) and Water.org. At our... Read more

Bringing Access to Safe Water in Ceará, Brazil to help support PepsiCo’s Commitment to Water Stewardship

The PepsiCo Foundation and The Columbia Water Center (CWC), a part of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, have been working together since 2008 to find solutions to water scarcity around the world. We support projects aimed at improving water needs and therefore community livelihood, in India, Brazil, China, and Africa. Two of the major projects that the CWC is working on are in Ceará, Brazil – about 1500 hundred miles north of Rio de Janeiro where this week, colleagues of mine from PepsiCo and the CWC, are participating in the Rio+20 event. Read more