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.

Chris Bentley

CEO, Good Energy Guild

Camelle Kent

Board Member and CEO, WellPet.

Stephanie Volo

VP Brand and Marketing, Earth Animal.

Spencer Williams

CEO & Owner, West Paw

Marty Grosjean

CEO, Only Natural Pet

Craig Rexford

Publisher, pets+

Sarah Julian

Owner, OffLeash Communications

Ted Mischaikov

President & CEO, Healthy Pet

Jacinthe Moreau

President, World Pet Association

Michael Baker

President Pet Food Experts

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 Bolton

Executive Director

Melissa Bauer

Member Sustainability Manager

Andrea Czobor

Program Coordinator

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 an accelerator, PSC relies heavily on our world renowned partners to educate, inspire, and accelerate our members on their journey toward sustainability. PSC Membership includes project implementation credits that can be applied toward work with these partners. Learn more about our partners below and contact us to explore project ideas.

Natural Capitalism Solutions

Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS) is a 501©3 that works with Companies, Communities, and Countries to implement genuine sustainability more profitably. Scaling sustainability to change the way business is done worldwide is no small challenge and we cannot do it alone. Companies NCS has consulted with include: Unilever, RedBull, New Belgium, Chipotle, Kashi, and Cheesecake Factory. PSC Members can access NCS’s expertise regarding the business case for sustainability and how to strategically integrate sustainability into their business.

B-Corp

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. B-Corp built the PSC Quick Impact Assessment that has helped to unify the industry around a common set of sustainability metrics. PSC Members can access their regional networks of businesses working as a force for good, attend webinars, and navigate B-Corp Certification.

Sterling Consulting

PSC partners with Sterling Consulting to provide members with an experienced and proven partner who helps companies:

  • Build effective and smart strategies for integrating sustainability into their operations;
  • Develop supply chain solutions to pressing agricultural issues and demand constraints;
  • Gain a clear understanding of the changing business landscape through high value insights on emerging sustainability issues. 

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.

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.

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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