Pet Toys, Bedding and Apparel
About West Paw Design
West Paw Design is a US manufacturer of eco-friendly and high-quality products for dogs and cats. Distinguished by a commitment to create pet products in an environmentally-conscious way, West Paw Design’s team of 70+ employees are extremely proud that 100% of the products are manufactured in the United States – a characteristic that sets the company apart from a competitive field that largely outsources overseas. These hard-working and devoted employees are more like family, who not only take pride in what they do, but also greatly care for one another.
West Paw Design’s values reflect those of their community in Bozeman, Montana. Since 1996, employees work hard to protect the planet, enrich their community and strengthen the bond between pet owners and their beloved furry family members. The driving force behind their evolving success has been the connection and trust between employees who simultaneously help each other while helping the business and their customers succeed.
West Paw Design became a Certified B Corporation because we wanted to be a part of a movement that encompasses all we are, not just a piece of it. Our history, vision, purpose, and core values align with the B Corp concept. Being an active participant in the B Corp community, allows us to learn and further advance our goals while defining future successes.
By becoming a Certified B Corporation, West Paw Design is now a part of a global community that helps create more business success in a socially responsible manner. They look forward to learning ways to track their impact and progress, and are excited to be a part of a movement that releases the power of business to do good things in the world and help resolve social and environmental issues.
West Paw Design’s environmental stewardship and values are reflected in what they do every day:
- Manufacture 100% of their products in the USA
- Manufacture 98% of their products in the same facility as their offices in Bozeman, Montana
- Increase the percentage of materials sourced from US vendors (currently 89%)
- Create pet products that are safe: BPA and phthalate-free, non-toxic and FDA compliant
- Use a third-party ecological certifier to test the safety of many toys and beds
- Use recycled paper and soy-based inks in their packaging
- Support industries who produce environmentally-friendly materials or agricultural products such as organic cotton and catnip, and hemp.
- Incorporate plastic fiber from recycled bottles into bed and toy fabric and fill, (to date they have utilized the plastic from over 8.2 million bottles)
- Continue to add products to their Join the LoopTM closed-loop recycling program so customers can send back products for recycling.
The Change We Seek®
West Paw Design envisions a world where business success is friendly to both people and the planet. To realize this vision, West Paw Design seeks to be a transformative global business leader by unleashing their people’s greatest talents to create amazing pet products.
From constructing their state-of-the-art facility by utilizing the latest developments in energy efficient design, to remaining transparent with employees about smart business and financial practices, West Paw Design seeks to do better every day.
What makes us a better company?
B Impact Report
The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.
The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.
The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.
The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.
|Overall B Score||80|
80 out of 200 is eligible for certification
*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment
*Median scores will not add up to overall
Employees: Lowest paid worker received 52% above the living wage; dental, life, and disability insurance offered to full-time workers; gym membership discount, counseling services, and flex time offered to full-time workers; more than 80% of employees satisfied according to employee satisfaction assessment; employees who take short-term sabbaticals are guaranteed job security.
Community: Banking services provided by a local independent institution; more than 40% of management is from underrepresented populations; worker base has grown by more than 15% in the last twelve months; 50-75% of workers participated in company organized community service days last year; workers offered paid time off for community service; formal written policy sets a required commitment for charitable giving.
Environment: Company is a member of an association that fosters environmentally sustainable business practices; most facilities constructed to green building standards; office-wide recycling program for paper, cardboard, plastic, glass & metal; non-toxic janitorial and unbleached paper products used; recycled office supplies, reclaimed office furniture, and reusable catering supplies used; company implemented written policies to reduce corporate travel; more than 75% of printed materials use recycled paper; company has implemented energy conservation efforts for the equipment, lighting, and HVAC system of facilities; company monitors and has reduction targets for energy and water use; 92% of product materials are recycled, biodegradable, or environmentally preferred.