With its strong commitment to sustainable water stewardship, Essilor is featured as a global leader in CDP’s 2017 Global Water Report*. The group’s “A” grade from the CDP places it on the 2017 Water A List, which recognizes the top 10% of companies having exhibited the largest corporate commitment to sustainable water management and security. This list includes 74 global companies out of the 674 companies that voluntarily disclosed their data on water management to the CDP across four levels: disclosure, awareness, management and leadership.
“We are very proud to be one of the companies to have earned a position on the Water A List this year. This recognition is an affirmation of the hard work and dedication that our teams across the globe have put into placing sustainable water management at the heart of our day-to-day business. It is a great example of our commitment to responsibly deploy our mission of improving lives by improving sight so that we can continue contributing to sustainable development for many years to come,” said Hubert Sagnières, Essilor’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Through its global program “Reboost”, Essilor defines and rolls-out group performance standards and speeds up reductions in water and energy consumption. Alongside the company’s largest facilities, all regions are required to define their own water roadmap, a process that is overseen at group level. Since the launch of the “Reboost” program, Essilor has made significant and continuous improvements by reducing its water usage in production sites by 40% since 2007, which corresponds to approximately 9.1 million m3. The Group’s 2020 sustainability roadmap has since set a new objective to reduce water use by 20% compared to 2015. The ‘Reboost’ program also promotes training and best practices sharing with external stakeholders and within the group based on a collaborative approach between different departments.
Essilor has recently been ranked 4th of the 50 biggest paper consuming companies in France for its environmentally-responsible paper policy.
March 22 is World Water Day, an annual occasion for Essilor teams worldwide to focus attention on continuing initiatives to reduce water use and sustainably manage this precious natural resource.