Our Vision of Sustainability
The pillars guiding Royal Canin’s sustainability
The health and well-being of cats and dogs is our priority, as well as promoting the positive role they play in society:
- Promoting responsible breeding and pet ownership
- Sharing our knowledge globally to better understand and care for cats and dogs, and advocate for preventive care
- Promoting the benefits of cats and dogs in human health and welfare through the Royal Canin Foundation
Guided by science and innovation, we are working to help ensure a healthier planet for future generations of pets and pet owners:
- Reducing our footprint through procuring more climate-smart ingredients
- Reducing waste and boosting circularity
- Becoming certified carbon neutral by the end of 2025
We strongly believe that building a sustainable business relies on the mutual value we build with our Associates and stakeholders:
- Acting together with our strategic suppliers around the world to improve environmental and social impacts in supply chains
- Supporting our professional partners to help them operate their activities sustainably and responsibly.
- Ensuring our Associates are trained and able to articulate our global sustainability strategy starting in 2022
Our journey to carbon neutrality
As part of Mars, Incorporated commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across its full value chain by 2050, ROYAL CANIN® brand has committed to become certified carbon neutral by the end of 2025 with its first product range to be certified carbon neutral in 2023.
ROYAL CANIN® uses the PAS 2060 standard for carbon neutrality, a robust and internationally recognized standard, and the brand will report transparently and regularly on its journey.
The action areas we will take to achieve carbon neutral by the end of 2025 are as follows:
<b>Transitioning to renewable electricity,</b> by achieving 100% renewable energy (electric and thermal) across our factories and offices by 2040. 100% of the electricity used in our production sites in the United States is from renewable sources.
<b>Procuring climate-smart ingredients,</b> by working with farmers in our supply chains to stop deforestation as well as to reduce and sequester carbon through regenerative and climate-smart agricultural practices.
<b>Reducing waste and boosting circularity,</b> by significantly increasing recyclability, compostability and the use of reusable packaging in alignment with Mars’ ambitious packaging sustainability goals. Additionally, we will drive down the packaging carbon footprint by progressively integrating recycled content and through the reduction of the amount of packaging material used.
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 information about ROYAL CANIN® products committed to carbon neutral certification by SCS Global Services can be found here.
“We believe that making this bold carbon neutral commitment will inspire and mobilize new and impactful ideas, actions and results and make a meaningful positive difference to the planet.”
- Loïc Moutault, Mars Petcare Global President
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. We aim 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 the communities, including veterinary clinics, pet retailers and other points of sale and encourage consumers to return their packaging after use.
In parallel to formulation, we’re rethinking our approach to packaging, because we believe there is no such thing as a sustainable product in an unsustainable packaging.
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.
“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 pets‘ role is central to people health and welfare.”
Fabrice Mathieu, Global Sustainability Director
What our people say about sustainability
"Our priority is to reduce emissions in our business while contributing to planet carbon neutrality overall. From the development of the products, the sourcing, the manufacturing and the distribution, we are engaging with internal and external stakeholders in a collective learning journey."
Cécile Coutens – Royal Canin President
“For the first time, Royal Canin has combined several sustainable components in its formulas. The Kitten and Puppy Growth nutritional program establishes itself as the guiding light for Royal Canin's global sustainability vision, hence paving the way to handle future products.”
"True to our science-based approach, we have assessed the carbon footprint of each of our 3,300 recipes. Now our climate ambition has led us to start one of the biggest business transformation of the last 10 years."
Marion Sarteel - Global Sustainability Coordinator
“The nutritional value of our Pet food is our top priority. We always try to combine it with the procurement of more environmentally-friendly raw materials. We will replace fish oil with algal oil in some formulas to preserve wild fish.”
Camille Usseglio – Europe Strategic Sourcing Manager
“As a vet, my love for animals is coupled with respect for the planet. With the "Go Green" programm led by our associates, we've installed beehives in our workplace with the aim of protecting the black bee, an endangered species.”
Marie-Anne Hours – Europe Scientific Communication Manager
“My job is to ensure that we have the right understanding and accuracy of sustainability data to reliably track our results. More than ever, I trust Royal Canin and its 8,000 associates to improve our societal impact on ecosystems.”
Géraldine Merat – Global Sustainability Coordinator
"We formulate recipes using raw materials selected for their nutritional benefits as well as their environmental impact. They are optimized to guarantee the best nutritional performance with lowest impact on our carbon footprint."
Geoffrey Daniel – Formulation Portfolio Manager
“Recyclability is one of our top objectives when we develop new packaging. I’m very proud to support and to contribute to this journey towards sustainability.”
Anne-Laure Lebeux – Global Packaging PMO
“We strongly believe that building a sustainable company relies on the mutual value we build with and for our stakeholders.”
Fabrice Mathieu – Global Sustainability Manager