Lily’s Kitchen has been named as the UK’s top rated ethical pet food company for the 10th year running by ethical consumer comparison company The Good Shopping Guide, the world’s best-selling ethical shopping reference book and website, covering areas such as environment, animal welfare, treatment of people amongst many others.
Lily’s Kitchen achieved the top index score of 100, which highlights the company’s continued commitment to ethical behaviour, responsible corporate governance and employee integrity.
Henrietta Morrison, founder of Lily’s Kitchen, comments: “From the very beginning, our aim has been to give consumers a choice in what they feed their pets as well as what the food is packaged in.
"We were the first pet food company to use compostable bags for our dry food, printed with vegetable dyes…and although they look quite crumply, our consumers love the fact that they will not be heading to landfill.
"Our wet food packaging is also recyclable, so pet parents know they’re doing well for their pet and doing well for the planet too.
“I was one of those people who had no idea that single serve cat and dog pouches take several lifetimes to break down and end up doing terrible harm to the environment by going into landfill in enormous quantities.
"In the UK alone, in one year, almost 9 billion cat pouches go into landfill. It’s brilliant that people are now realizing this and actively seeking alternative packaging for their pets.”
Commenting on the accolade, Kat Alexander from The Good Shopping Guide said: “Once again, we are very pleased that Lily’s Kitchen remains as one of our top-ranking Ethical Accreditation members and continues to perform so well in our ethical research rankings. We look forward to continuing to work with them and promote Lily’s Kitchen as an ethical choice to our dedicated audience of ethical shoppers.”
When compiling this year's list, The Good Shopping Guide independently assessed the company’s competency in ethics and compliance; culture of ethics; leadership, innovation and reputation; corporate responsibility and governance.
Three years ago, Lily’s Kitchen became a founding member of B Corp UK - an organisation which begun in the US (Etsy and Patagonia are among the founding members) as a collection of companies united in their desire to use business as a force for good. Lily’s Kitchen is still the only pet food company to be a certified B Corp. It has been ethically minded since day one, and its status as a B Corp UK founder member goes to underline that commitment.
Individually, ‘B Corps’ as they are known, meet the highest standards of performance and are transparent and accountable in their business operations. Member companies are encouraged to use their individual and collective power to help solve social and environmental problems.
Ensuring the business has a positive impact on society and the planet is at the heart of all Lily’s Kitchen does, and with their simple but meaningful mission - dedicated to providing naturally nutritious food for pets, and a pledge to tread carefully on the planet and actively engage with the community - Lily’s Kitchen heads towards its 11th year with a success to match its ambitions.