The Ethisphere Institute recently had the opportunity to interview PepsiCo Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Indra Nooyi. Recorded at PepsiCo’s world headquarters in Purchase, New York, Mrs. Nooyi discussed her role as a CEO and how PepsiCo drives business results in a way that is responsive to the needs of the world around us while upholding a high standard of corporate integrity. In this exclusive podcast, Ethisphere CEO Tim Erblich chats with both Mrs. Nooyi and PepsiCo’s Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, David Yawman, about the company’s journey to continuously improve and operate as a world class organization in supporting its communities and customers all over the world.

Highlights from the interview:

Erblich: Indra, it’s so valuable when other companies in our community can just first find out a little bit about the people. So would you start by telling us a little bit about yourself and your journey?

It’s a privilege to talk to you. We have the greatest respect for your organization and Ethisphere as a whole scoring system. So thank you for including us in this podcast. I came to the United States in 1978, went to school up at Yale, at the Yale Business School. Before then, I was just a normal kid growing up in India and growing up with the type of mom who pushed me to higher levels of performance.

Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo

Erblich: I’d love to get your take on Performance with Purpose, what was really interesting about Performance with Purpose as I watched your many conversations out there was ten years ago, you said “I’ve got to connect with the why”. Can you talk more about this? 

So let’s go back to 20-25 years ago, if somebody talked about PepsiCo and asked our employees why do you work at PepsiCo? What do you do there? Well, we make soda and chips. That was just fine in those days. I think in the recent decades, I’d say in the last 10-15 years, people want to say more than that. People are really worried about the future of society. What are people going to be like in the future? What’s the environment going to be like?

Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo