Our Vision of Sustainability

Royal Canin wants to improve pets'life, placing cats and dogs' needs first to contribute to their optimal health. There is more: our nutritional approach based on nutrients enables us to consider the environmental and social impact of every single recipe we develop, whilst providing pets with nutrition of the highest quality, benefits and safety. And our sustainability journey doesn't end there: we are working relentlessly towards improving our impact on pets, planet and people, by making our activities more sustainable and socially responsible.

The sustainability pillars guiding Royal Canin

  • The health and wellbeing 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:
  • - Reduce our footprint through procuring sustainable ingredients
  • - Reducing waste and boosting circularity
  • - Become certified carbon neutral by 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 by 2022


Our journey to carbon neutrality

As part of the 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 2025 with its first product range aiming to be certified carbon neutral in 2022.
ROYAL CANIN® plans to use 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 2025 are as follows: 


Transitioning to renewable electricity, by achieving 100% renewable electricity across our factories and offices, while reducing energy consumption overall.


Procuring sustainable ingredients, by leveraging our nutrient-based approach and reducing carbon emissions through the reformulation of products, including switching to sustainably sourced proteins and low-carbon intensity ingredients.


Reducing waste and boosting circularity, by significantly boosting recyclability, compostability and the use of reusable packaging in alignment with Mars’s ambitious packaging sustainability goals.

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 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. By 2025, we plan 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.
Royal Canin Puppy and Kitten Growth Programs packages
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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.
— Emmanuel Potier de la Houssaye, Head of Packaging Production


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.

Discover more about our Foundation

What our people say about sustainability

Where can I recycle my Royal Canin packaging?

We care about your pet but we also care about the environment where they live. Find out more about where you can leave your Royal Canin packaging for recycling purposes.

Learn more
Royal Canin Recyclability pack

An innovative step with our ROYAL CANIN® Puppy and Kitten Growth Programs

A significant move towards sustainability, one that helps your puppies and kittens to be healthy while also caring for the planet. Here’s how:

Carbon neutral certification by SGS Global Services

Carbon Neutral Certified

Our journey to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025 has begun. All our products of the ROYAL CANIN® Puppy and Kitten Growth Programs are carbon neutral certified by SCS Global Services. More information available here.

Royal Canin packaging

Packs designed for recycling

The puppy and kitten growth programs will be the first ROYAL CANIN® range to come in a mono-material polyethylene packaging that is designed for recycling where local infrastructure is available, starting progressively with the 4kg bags in Europe in 2023.

Omega-3 from natural marine algae

Sustainable nutrients

Part of the Omega 3 fatty acids found in these products have been sourced from algal oil instead of fish oil. Not only this allows us to provide the same health benefits for your pet, but it also helps to reduce the amount of fish used in ROYAL CANIN® recipes.