3 Things Your Business Needs for Innovation and Sustainability
October 27, 2020
9:00am PST/ 10:00am MST/ 12:00pm EST
In the midst of today’s environmental and social challenges, innovation in pet business is not optional. But what if we’re making innovation more complicated than it needs to be? Join Tim Schuster, Founder & CEO of Popup Think Tank, as he discusses simple, pragmatic ways to foster innovation – and how sustainability is actually the ideal starting point.
Tim Schuster is the Founder and CEO of Popup Think Tank, a strategy and innovation consulting firm in Minneapolis, MN. He also is CMO and Co-founder of LegalQ app and has served as Strategic Development Consultant for Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500 firm.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Ben & Jerry’s
As one of the most active brands taking a stand on social justice issues, Ben & Jerry’s partnered with the Pet Sustainability Coalition in this engaging webinar to support pet industry businesses in taking action on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
A 30-day challenge to inspire 1,000 actions toward a diverse, equitable, and inclusive pet industry
PSC partnered with the innovative technology platform WeSpire to create a 30-day challenge to inspire 1000 micro-actions, ultimately driving toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive pet industry.
This webinar addressed the important topics of allyship, diversity, anti-racism, and inclusive leadership, and kicked of the 30-day challenge. Participants learned how to use the WeSpire platform to access suggested actions and resources, and to track their actions. Over 5,000 actions were tracked in the month of September 2020, engaging nearly 500 individuals among 47 pet industry companies.
The Sustainable Development Goals:
2-part Webinar Series
This two part series introduced the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that guide sustainability plans and actions in companies. Pet product brand Moderna discussed their use of the SDGs to focus their sustainability goals and drive business value.
The second webinar in the series included a Q&A session regarding the SDG Action Manager, including a walk through of how to register and get started, followed by breakout sessions for businesses new to PSC’s assessment tools.
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Join, the Pet Sustainability Coalition, The Sustainable Packaging Coalition, and Thunh Phu packaging, a member company of PSC to learn about a labeling solution for the pet industry.
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Earth Animal, the trusted choice in award-winning, health improving veterinary formulated products, Petfood Experts, a whole sale distributor serving 4500 independently owned retailers and the Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC), a nonprofit that advances business through environmental and social practices, announces Flex Forward – a 2020 return-to-retail packaging pilot program aimed at reducing landfill waste and delivering sustainable packaging solutions to the pet industry.
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More and more transportation companies offer a way to balance out your pollution by investing in projects that reduce emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. What if we could do the same for plastic? While we all work to reduce the amount of plastic in our products and packaging, is there a way to offset the plastic we haven’t been able, or it doesn’t make sense to eliminate?
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Tune into this recording to learn from the PSC team how the production of proteins has one of the largest environmental impacts in the pet industry. In 2018, PSC set a goal to provide leadership, tools and guidance for the pet industry to address our environmental impact related to protein use.
Life Cycle Analysis – Impacts & Opportunities
Learn about PSC’s partner tool for evaluating the environmental impact of different packaging materials and designs. Special guests Zuke’s and Excel Packaging share how they worked through PSC to drive down packaging impact.
Designations of bio-based, biodegradable, and compostable are critical parts of the discussion, but they are nuanced and often incorrectly correlated. Learn from PSC Partner Sustainable Packaging Coalition to navigate different packaging terms and understand their environmental value.
Environmental Design & Innovation
Learn about how collars, leashes, toys and bedding members of PSC can access the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s tool during the product design phase to save time and money while improving environmental impact.
Learn how White Wave Foods and West Paw Design engage employees for business success
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