Royal Canin, a Mars Petcare brand of pet nutrition products and long-standing member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC), has increased the company’s membership to Icon, PSC’s highest membership level. The change represents Royal Canin’s continued expansion of its commitment to sustainability leadership in the pet industry, said company officials.
“At Royal Canin, we strive to create a sustainable world for pets, people, and the planet,” said Cecile Coutens, Regional president of Royal Canin North America. “With a mission of ‘Creating a Better World for Pets,’ we have lived our sustainability commitment with our sites sending zero waste to landfill, and achieved 100 percent sustainable fish sourcing. We have an important role to play and want to extend our sustainability leadership, while inviting others in the industry to join us in helping to create a more sustainable world in which our pets, people, and planet thrive.”
Icon members are leaders whose investment in PSC helps to advance their company’s environmental and social performance. Icon level members are also important partners in the PSC’s work on major systemic issues facing the pet industry, PSC officials said. Royal Canin’s increased engagement will provide PSC with important industry expertise and financial support to advance its industry-wide priorities, which include: finding sustainable solutions to complex packaging needs, advancing the sustainable sourcing of proteins, and the promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion in the industry, PSC officials added.
“As one of the largest pet food manufacturers in the industry, and a brand within the Mars Petcare family, Royal Canin’s selection of an Icon membership is a major milestone that indicates the significance of sustainability as a key business topic for brands large and small. Mars has one of the most aggressive sustainability plans amongst its peer group and we are honored to support their efforts within Royal Canin to advance their progress within their pet care business,” said Caitlyn Dudas, executive director of PSC.
Royal Canin’s investment in PSC is one of many important steps toward the science-based pet health nutrition company’s ambitious sustainability goals, according to officials. Royal Canin has assessed the carbon and water footprints of all its raw materials and established reduction goals. The company is optimizing product formulations and sourcing strategies that consider its environmental impact. Royal Canin maintains valuable partnerships with the World Wildlife Fund, is an Ellen McArthur New Plastic Economy signatory member, and a member of the US Plastics Pact, as a Mars Inc. division. All goals and targets are in the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).
“While each of us can promote sustainable practices within our own entities, becoming an ICON member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition enables us to join forces with other highly motivated PSC members to increase the impact of our collaboration in sustainability,” Coutens said.
Royal Canin has been a member of the PSC since 2018.