Vision

We envision a thriving and collaborative pet industry that creates positive impact for the communities and environments where we do business

Mission

We advance business through profitable environmental and social practices.

Core Values

Transparency: As a nonprofit we operate with transparency to our members and to the public so that they can hold us accountable for what we do and how we do it.

Collaboration: We value inclusive collaboration with manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, brands and retailers that leverages existing sustainability knowledge and experience as well as innovating solutions for sustainability issues facing the pet industry.

Authenticity:
We know that sincere sustainability means more than marketing and quick wins; we promote continual sustainable improvement that directly reduces the impact of pet products on the global environment and communities.

Implementation Focused: We value genuine sustainability improvement that favors implementation and action-oriented participation by member companies.

Our Advisory Board

PSC relies on the strategic direction of its Advisory Board Members who meet on a bi-monthly basis to hear member feedback, provide guidance, set performance metrics, and ensure the organization maintains credible progress toward its mission. Please feel free to reach out to any of the Board members below any time.

Marty Grosjean

Former CEO, Only Natural Pet

Michael Baker

President, Pet Food Experts

Stephanie Volo

Chief Marketing Officer, Earth Animal.

Ted Mischaikov

Ted Mischaikov

Chris Bentley

CEO, Good Energy Guild

Sarah Julian

Owner, OffLeash Communications

Greg Kean

Vice President of Innovation & Product Development, Wellpet

David Yaskulka

CEO, Nature's Logic

Our Team

The internal team at PSC devotes their time and energy to drive our mission forward by engaging with our community, communicating our goals, ensuring the tools and resources our members need to succeed are of the highest caliber and aiming to change the pet industry for the better through real sustainable change.

Caitlyn Dudas

Executive Director

Melissa Bauer

Sustainability Director

Anne Klein

Sustainability Manager

Sarah Hutcherson

Accreditation Manager

Our Story

A lover of life and an environmentalist at heart, Chris Bentley had spent over a decade looking for ways to minimize his environmental footprint. Based in Colorado, Chris was active in the entrepreneurial business community where he saw the Natural Foods movement adopt Organic Certification and the Outdoor Industry collaborate to build innovative sustainability tools. With over 25 years of success in the pet products industry, first with Aspen Pet and then with Only Natural Pet and “I and Love and You,” he knew there was an opportunity to drive impact in an industry he had grown to know and love.

Together with fellow sustainable business leader Marty Grosjean at Only Natural Pet, Chris partnered with sustainability icon Hunter Lovins at Natural Capitalism Solutions to develop a suite of sustainability tools that could provide their respective companies the resources they needed to implement sustainable business processes.

The outcome of this project was a world class toolkit built by Natural Capitalism Solutions that had far reaching potential. The new vision for these tools was to serve as a transformative catalyst that would enable the entire pet industry to engage more positively with the environment and communities where they do business.

When complete, Chris, Natural Capitalism Solutions, the Outdoor Industry Association, and 25 business leaders met at Global Pet Expo 2013 where they formed a new nonprofit collaborative that would share tools and resources to encourage adoption of sustainable business practices. KD Frueh at KONG Company, Tony de Vos at Cardinal Pet Care, Jim Thomas at Petco, Spencer Williams at West Paw, Stephanie Volo at Planet Dog, and Aaron Lambstein at Worldwise joined Only Natural Pet and I and Love and You to become Founding Members of the Pet Sustainability Coalition. These 8 Founding Members continued to make large financial contributions for five consecutive years that served as the Coalition’s primary revenue and lifeblood!

Caitlyn Bolton Dudas, PSC’s Executive and CoFounder was a part of the original toolkit team at Natural Capitalism Solutions. With a background in the nonprofit sector, a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Sustainability and unrelenting passion for sustainable business, Caitlyn has grown PSC from a small grassroots gathering to a deeply credible, financially sustainable, and values led organization.

As a collaborative accelerator, PSC relies heavily on our world renowned partners to educate, inspire, and accelerate our industry on its journey toward sustainability. 

B-Corp

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. B-Corp provides the third party assessment that has helped to unify many industries around a common set of sustainability metrics.

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Sterling Consulting

PSC partners with Sterling Consulting to provide members with an experienced and proven expertise in supply chain management. 

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Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is the apparel, footwear and home textile industry’s foremost alliance for sustainable production. PSC members can work with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition to review the environmental impact of their materials collaborate with other hard-goods manufacturers and brands to impact industry wide improvements.

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Trayak

PSC partners with Trayak to provide access to the leading streamlined packaging assessment tool. Using COMPASS (Comparative Packaging Assessment),  PSC members can analyze individual, primary, secondary, transport packages and entire packaging systems. Baseline and compare alternate design scenarios and make better packaging design decisions that meet corporate sustainability goals.

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Watt Global Media

WATT Global Media grows agrifood and pet food businesses with proven results for over 100 years. Access the market expertise, engaged audiences and targeted solutions that lead to successful connections in the poultry, feed and pet food markets. With WATT Global Media, gain a global advantage in implementing dynamic marketing solutions through innovative technology and delivery channels.

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PETS International

PETS International founded in 1988, is the leading international B-to-B platform to inform and inspire pet professionals and their companies located in over 130 different countries. PETS International has been a critical partner in PSC’s expansion to Europe and leverages their platform to drive awareness of critical sustainability topics and case studies.

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Envision Solutions

Envision Solutions is a full-service creative and manufacturing company that delivers compelling retail ready merchandisers that sparkle interest and drive sales. Envision partners with PSC to create a highly sustainable and inviting trade show booth that showcases our accredited brands to thousands of retailers around the world.

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Allied Printing

Allied printing is a family owned full service printing company fueled by wind and solar energy and a focus on community engagement. Allied printing provides PSC with in-kind printing services that support our events and trade shows.

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I’ve been passionate about the environment my entire life. It’s time to apply my passion and 23 years of experience in the pet business toward facilitating sustainable progress in the pet industry and protecting the resources our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren deserve.

Chris BentleyVP of Sales & Sustainability, I and Love and You

As one of the first Founding Members of the Pet Sustainability Coalition, The KONG Company understands that positive sustainable change requires business leaders from within the industry investing to make this vision a reality. Our iconic KONG rubber toy has been made in the USA from sustainable natural rubber for more than 36 years now. We’re proud, that as a company, we are committed to the overall well-being of our customers, our employees, their pets and the environment in which we all live and work.

KD FruehPresident, KONG Company

Sustainability drives a business’ profitability but more often than not organizations are scared to embrace what they see as a complex undertaking. We are very excited to be part of a coalition that will help educate organizations in the pet industry and bring them all the resources they need to create and implement a sustainability program.

Toby RussellCEO, Natural Capitalism Solutions

Several years ago the employees of our company created and endorsed the phrase “Devoted to Pets, People & the Planet” as our motto. The care and protection of our planet is essential if we want our children and our pets to enjoy this beautiful world in the future. We support The Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition for bringing together other companies that uphold the same goals we embrace and for charting a roadmap of working together toward sustainability.

Tony de VosCEO, Cardinal Laboratories, Inc.

As the Outdoor Industry Association Sustainability Working Group continues to advocate for convergence around tools, we are looking forward to providing the pet products industry with guidance around how it might utilize the Higg Index framework to benchmark and measure the sustainability of its products, brands, and manufacturing facilities. We look forward to collaborating with the Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition on this effort.

Beth JensenDirector of Sustainability, Outdoor Industry Association

Planet Dog is thrilled to be a Founding Member of the Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition. Planet Dog has been thinking globally and acting doggedly since 1997, and we remain committed to the notion that our values bring us our value. We embrace the efforts of the Coalition to extend these values and commitment to the entire pet industry. We look forward to a productive and successful collaboration with other leaders in the industry to put Sustainability at the forefront of the pet industry, which will strengthen the industry as a whole while protecting our most valuable resource, our planet.

Stephanie VoloChief Retail Officer & Partner, Planet Dog

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