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Royal Canin

How ethical is Royal Canin?

Created in 1968 by a French veterinarian, Royal Canin is a cat and dog food brand with a focus on pet health. Royal Canin is owned by Mars Inc.

Unfortunately, Royal Canin does not have a high enough score on the Ethical Cat and Dog Food Ratings Table and does not meet The Good Shopping Guide’s minimum ethical benchmark. If Royal Canin were to apply for Ethical Accreditation, The Good Shopping Guide could provide it with a detailed assessment as well as recommendations on how it can improve to reach our benchmark.

The Ethical Cat and Dog Food Ratings Table shows where Royal Canin rates against other brands and can help you learn more about the criteria that it has to reach to meet our ethical benchmark. We encourage all brands to follow in the footsteps of our top-rated brands and apply for Ethical Accreditation.

In which areas do Royal Canin receive a high score?

Like other Mars Inc-owned brands, Royal Canin scores well under our Environmental Report category. Royal Canin has a dedicated sustainability page on its website which shares its focuses. Royal Canin wants to work on reaching carbon neutrality by 2025, have more sustainable packaging and support the positive role pets have on human health through The Royal Canin Foundation.

Mars Inc also has a detailed Healthy Planet page on its website which shares its plans for becoming more sustainable.

Where does Royal Canin receive a bottom score?

Royal Canin unfortunately receives a bottom score for Public Record Criticisms. Its parent company Mars Inc has recently had a lawsuit filed against it as its product Skittles contains a known toxin called titanium dioxide which renders the product unfit for human consumption.

What can Royal Canin do to improve its score? 

Royal Canin’s score in The Good Shopping Guide is the result of a calculation of multiple ethical criteria.

We would like to see Royal Canin improve upon its bottom scores, especially its bottom score for Public Record Criticism so that its position can rise on our table.

Hopefully, Royal Canin will improve upon these bottom ratings so it can see its score rise on the Ethical Cat and Dog Food Ratings Table and we could offer it Ethical Accreditation for its cat and dog food.

Could Ethical Accreditation be beneficial for your cat or dog food brand? Consumers want products that have been ethically and sustainably made. See our Ratings Tables to see which other brands have achieved our ethics and sustainability certification. Get in touch to find out more or fill out a rapid initial assessment form.

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  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



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  • Public Record Criticisms


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