Tony West is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs of PepsiCo, Inc. (PepsiCo). West leads the company’s global legal, compliance and ethics, government affairs, and public policy functions.
As PepsiCo’s chief global legal officer, West has emphasized the importance of in-house counsel performing as supportive business partners while maintaining a values-based, ethical corporate culture. Under his leadership, PepsiCo has reaffirmed its reputation for high business integrity, receiving the Corporate Leadership Award from Transparency International-USA and frequently has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute.
West has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining PepsiCo, West was the Associate Attorney General of the United States, the U.S. Department of Justice’s third ranking official, where he led the Justice Department’s efforts to protect Americans’ civil rights; assist homeowners who suffered losses during the 2008 financial crisis; strengthen the federal relationship with sovereign Native American nations; and secure access to criminal and civil legal aid regardless of income.
As a Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® signatory, PepsiCo supports a culture of giving back. Since 2016, over 25% of PepsiCo’s New York-based attorneys participated in one or more pro bono projects, providing more than 250 hours of service. This year, PepsiCo is well on its way to nearly doubling both participation and hours of service. West elaborates, saying, “At PepsiCo, we believe companies must do three things exceedingly well: deliver strong performance; deliver it in a way that is sustainable over time; and deliver it in a way that is responsible and responsive to the needs of society. PepsiCo embraces volunteerism, providing a range of volunteer opportunities for our employees and celebrates the meaningful difference PepsiCo employees make in the diverse communities we all share.”
At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our fundamental belief that the success of the company is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world around us. These pro bono initiatives enable PepsiCo to do well by doing good.
Help Centers in Flint, Michigan: Through PepsiCo’s PepsiCorps program – a skills-based volunteer program where PepsiCo employees apply their business know-how to address societal needs or challenges – a team of logistics experts sought to find ways to best satisfy the individual and collective needs of those impacted by the Flint water crisis. In this instance, PepsiCo employees used their supply chain expertise to plan the creation and operation of Help Centers that provide food, water, mental health services and nutrition education for the Flint community. The PepsiCo Foundation granted more than $1 million to fund the Help Centers, provide nutritious meals for Flint school children, and fund recycling education initiatives and support within Flint schools. Watch the inspiring video on PepsiCo’s work in Flint.
Assistance for Victims of Abuse and Domestic Violence: PepsiCo’s Corporate Governance team worked with the Pace Law School Women’s Justice Center to conduct intake interviews of clients (survivors of elder abuse and domestic violence) to assist in preparation of wills, living wills, healthcare proxies, and powers of attorney.
Immigration Clinic: Members of the PepsiCo law department assisted a law firm in operating an immigration clinic that trained and helped clients with completing their citizenship applications.