Our Vision of Sustainability
Royal Canin wants to improve the lives of our pets, placing the needs of cats and dogs first to contribute to their optimal health. There is more: our nutritional approach based on nutrients enables us to consider the environmental and social impact of every single recipe we develop, whilst providing pets with nutrition of the highest quality, benefits and safety. And our sustainability journey doesn't end there: we are working relentlessly towards improving our impact on pets, planet and people, by making our activities more sustainable and socially responsible.
Our journey to carbon neutralityAs part of the Mars Incorporated commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across its full value chain by 2050, ROYAL CANIN® has committed to become certified carbon neutral by 2025. In 2023, we will be launching the first range of products that are Carbon Neutral Certified by SCS Global Services against the globally recognized PAS 2060 carbon neutrality standard.
Demonstration of carbon neutrality includes a commitment to carbon neutrality for the year to come and an achievement of carbon neutrality for the past year from the second year of certification.
The action areas we will take to achieve carbon neutral by 2025 are as follows:
In addition, we will work on integrating climate-smart business transformation, from management practices to the engagement of associates, suppliers and business partners in the journey.
For any residual emissions that ROYAL CANIN® cannot completely remove or reduce, we will invest in high-quality, removals–based certified carbon credits. The use of removals–based credits is aligned with the SBTi Net Zero Foundations paper.
More Sustainable Packaging
As a core partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s (EMF) New Plastics Economy Initiative, and a signatory of its Global Commitment to eliminate plastic waste and pollution at its source, our vision is aligned with EMF, to support a circular economy where packaging never becomes waste. By 2025, we plan for all our plastic packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable. To close the loop we will also include up to 30% recycled post-consumer plastic in our plastic packaging - dependent on the advancement of chemical recycling at pace and scale & alignment of food safety regulations.
In the United States and Canada, we encourage the collection and recycling of selected bags via collection points. In these countries our type of bags cannot be recycled in the existing infrastructures, thus we initiated a partnership with TerraCycle® to set up collection points at different locations within their communities, including veterinary clinics, pet retailers and other points of sale and encourage consumers to return their packaging after use.
Supporting the positive role of pets in society with the Royal Canin Foundation
Pets make the world a better place for us. Created in 2020, our Foundation finances projects that support the positive role of pets in human health and welfare.
Discover more about our Foundation
Our purpose is:
A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS, because pets make our lives better. This is why the Royal Canin Foundation supports external projects where the role of pets is central to people's health and welfare.
— Fabrice Mathieu, Global Sustainability Director