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Lily’s Kitchen ‘a force for good’
14th November 2017

By Karen Pickwick

Lily’s Kitchen has been awarded B-Corporation status for the second time – thanks, it says, to its strong belief in using business as a force for good.

 The London-based business, which has recently retained its leading position as one of the UK’s top-rated ethical pet food companies for the ninth year running by ethical consumer comparison company The Good Shopping Guide, was one of the founding members of B Corp in the UK in 2015 and was the first (and currently only) pet food company in the world to certify as a B Corporation.
 
B Corps are companies where the interests of employees, communities and the environment rank alongside those of shareholders. These businesses are also required to change their legal documents so that employees, communities and the wider environment rank alongside shareholders in decision-making processes. B Corps formally commit to the B Corp community principles through signing a declaration.
 
The B Corp accreditation, which must be reapplied for every two years, highlights the company’s continued commitment to ethical behaviour, responsible corporate governance and employee integrity. 
 
Henrietta Morrison, CEO and founder of Lily’s Kitchen, said: “We’re part of the B Corp community because we believe in using business as a force for good. It’s perfectly aligned with our values and the way we’ve always conducted ourselves. Acting in a responsible and respectful way as a business is the right thing to do morally and also contributes to the quality of our recipes, the happiness of our stakeholders and our efficiency. It just makes sense. 
 
“This is reflected in our mission statement which is all about the ‘three Ps’:  Pets, People and Planet. That means Lily’s Kitchen is dedicated to providing proper food for pets, with a commitment to tread carefully on our planet and actively engage with our community. Having a successful and profitable businesses allows us to be even more for people, pets and the planet.” 
 
TENTH YEAR
 
As Lily’s Kitchen heads towards its tenth year, the company has published its first ‘Paw Print for Progress Report 2017’, which outlines exactly how the business ensures it has an ongoing positive impact on society and the planet, which, it says, is at the heart of all Lily’s Kitchen does:
 
- Lily’s Kitchen recipes only ever contain freshly-prepared meat and offal, fruit and vegetables, with no unnecessary additives
- Nearly all of Lily’s Kitchen packaging is recyclable and the dry food bags and treat boxes are compostable, too
- Only water- or vegetable-based inks are used for printing packaging and brochures, to help minimise environmental impact from waste and toxicity. And both sites it owns uses 100% renewable energy
- Lily’s Kitchen does not produce its food in foil pouches, despite many requests from retailers, as these do not break down and generally go straight into landfill. Instead, Lily’s Kitchen uses aluminium trays which can be recycled once the stickers are removed
- The company gives meals to cats and dogs in need – to more than 100 animal rescue centers as part of its Dinner’s On Us Campaign – and has given £5k leading vet charity PDSA, which provides free pet care to the pets of people in need. This donation will keep three PDSA hospitals running for a day and further financial support is planned for the future
- 10% of its employees volunteered for the Grenfell Tower relief efforts in July this year and the company also gave food for displaced pets 
- On International Good Deeds Day, members of the Lily’s team pulled together to spend lunchtimes sewing 50 dog coats for street dogs and donated them to the Street Dogs Matter charity, which then distributed them to homeless dogs around London
- 100% of Lily’s Kitchen’s significant suppliers (including packaging suppliers) take part in the company’s annual sustainability survey where its gains information on their measurement of energy and water usage, emissions, waste and recycling.
 
The Our Paw Print for Progress 2017 Report can be found on the Lily’s Kitchen website: www.lilyskitchen.co.uk/social-responsibility