In its first ever “Change the World” list, Fortune spotlights Essilor for the progress the company is making in addressing the issue of visual health as part of its core business strategy. Stating that companies ‘making genuine efforts to change the world for the better should be encouraged’, Fortune gives the example of Essilor’s 2.5 New Vision Generation inclusive business division, which is bringing locally affordable vision care to underserved populations in 22 countries across Asia, Latin America and Africa.
“Our mission to improve lives by improving sight has been at the heart of Essilor’s business model for over 165 years” said Jayanth Bhuvaraghan, Essilor’s Chief Corporate Mission Officer. “To be recognized as a company that is changing the world is a true testament to the passion and expertise of our teams worldwide who continually seek to push the boundaries of accessibility to the best vision possible.”
Impaired vision is the most common disability in the world, yet its impact on society – from literacy and education, to employability and personal well-being – is largely unrecognized. By leveraging its expertise and geographic reach, Essilor is today tackling the growing worldwide challenge of uncorrected vision, which affects more than 2.5 billion people, through inclusive business, strategic giving and cross-sector partnership.