EASTON, PA. — Phillips Pet Food & Supplies announced it has received accreditation from the Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC) for its sustainability initiatives. According to Phillips, it is the first distributor in the pet industry to receive PSC Accreditation.

Accreditation through PSC requires that pet industry companies complete the SDG Action Manager, a sustainability assessment established by the UN Global Impact. Companies must achieve a minimum score on the assessment and receive third-party verification before earning accreditation from PSC.

PSC Accreditation is available to companies throughout the entire pet supply chain, including manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and distributors. Currently, more than 40 pet industry companies have received PSC Accreditation.

During the past year, Phillips has been advancing its sustainability efforts to include:

  • The creation of an internal team of employees, leading the company’s sustainability initiatives;
  • A pallet exchange program that helps reduce its environmental impact by asking pet retailers to return wooden pallets to Phillips’ drivers;
  • The development of an Energy Star Portfolio Manager with goals to reduce energy and water consumption, decrease overall waste and increase recycling throughout all its facilities;
  • And improvements in transportation to help reduce fuel consumption, as well as miles driven, when delivery products to customers.

Phillips has also partnered with PSC, the Animal Supply Company and Pet Food Experts to help further its sustainability efforts.

Sustainability is a major topic within the pet and pet food industries. According to Phillips:

  • 91% of industry professionals believe that consumer expectations for sustainable products are rising
  • 89% of Americans think companies should value the planet as much as profit
  • 90% of Millennials are willing to pay more for sustainable products
  • 79% of consumers report that they would be more loyal to a company that is purpose driven by sustainability

Read more about sustainability efforts in the pet food and treat industry.