Boulder, CO – May, 2023 — The Pet Sustainability Coalition’s industry-leading sustainability initiatives have gotten a big boost from well-known brands Only Natural Pet and their parent company PetSmart. The two companies have teamed up to increase their PSC memberships to the Icon tier – the highest membership level in the organization. Their commitments are another step in deep engagement with meaningful environmental and social initiatives.
PetSmart, the largest pet retailer in North America, is the first retailer to elevate to PSC’s Icon level. Their deepening commitment to sustainability is highlighted by the 2022 hiring of Joanne Dwyer as the Global VP of Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability, a seasoned sustainability leader with more than fifteen years of leadership at the retail pharmacy chain CVS.
“PetSmart has had a long-standing commitment to CSR and sustainability,” Dwyer said. “Our work with the Pet Sustainability Coalition provides us with valuable tools to lead the charge in consumer-facing corporate social responsibility.”
Only Natural Pet is a founding member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition, now celebrating its 10th year of impact in the pet space. PSC worked closely with ONP on its journey toward B Corp certification, achieved in 2019 and recertified in 2022. In addition to its retail presence in Boulder, CO, ONP makes a wide variety of natural pet products including foods and treats, hard goods, and supplements.
“As a founding member of PSC we have benefited from many of PSC’s supportive offerings. This is an exciting moment in our ongoing journey to accelerate our sustainability commitment for pets and our planet,” said Jay Pusey, Marketing Manager at Only Natural Pet.
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 Pet Sustainability Coalition’s work on major systemic issues facing the pet industry, including sustainable packaging and responsible ingredient sourcing.
“This move of both companies to Icon membership demonstrates their sustainability leadership in the pet industry. Both organizations continue to demonstrate a transparent commitment to continuously improving their environmental and social impact,” said Caitlyn Dudas, PSC’s Executive Director. “The two companies are trusted and valued partners, contributing to PSC’s unique expertise and our financial resources to advance our industry-wide priorities.”
About the Pet Sustainability Coalition
The Pet Sustainability Coalition advances business through profitable environmental and social business practices. Founded in 2013 by eight companies, PSC now serves more than 200 member companies across the pet industry, helping them to progress on their sustainability practices, set and strive for ambitious goals, and report on their achievements. Additionally the PSC leads retailers, distributors, brands and suppliers in pursuing collaborative solutions to some of the largest industry-wide issues, such as sustainable packaging and protein sourcing. Connect with us on LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Learn more at www.petsustainability.org.