First held in 1974, World Environment Day has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption. With the rising environmental challenges across the world, it’s more than ever important to contribute.
Essilor takes a comprehensive approach to sustainability. It is high on the agenda of many of the Group’s key functions – procurement, R&D, EHS, HR, marketing, etc. Specifically concerning environmental issues, four topics are priority for the Group: Water, Energy, Waste and Climate Change.
We have set ourselves targets for 2020 to reduce our water and energy consumption* and are working towards achieving them thanks to the collective efforts of departments and entities around the world. Moreover, in recent years, the Group has strengthened its approach to waste (e.g. set up of a waste mapping process) and climate change (e.g. group carbon footprint assessment).
Below are some recent updates on examples of initiatives to reduce our environmental impact:
- Essilor launched the “Reboost” program, which aims to define and roll out Group performance standards, along with associated field projects, to reduce the main environmental impacts. Reboost oversees the progress and ensures achievement of the Group’s 2020 targets on water and energy reduction. At the end of 2018, Essilor has decreased its water and energy intensity by 21% and 7% respectively within the largest manufacturing sites, compared with 2015.
- In 2018, Costa, an Essilor Group brand, launched its “Untangle our oceans” initiative in partnership with the Bureo Company to create a collection of sunglasses with frames made from recycled fishing nets.
- Essilor Manufacturing India Limited (EMIL) became the first manufacturing site of Essilor to reach 70% of energy supply from Renewable Energy Sources thanks to solar power project, Soura Shakthi.
- In Dallas, United States, Essilor of America marked Earth Day on April 25 with “Booting Plastic off the Dallas Campus” campaign. Since 2018, our collaborators in Dallas started installing water filling stations and providing reusable drinking containers for all employees. Knowing that, globally, 300 million tons of plastic waste is produced every year worldwide (according to U.N. Environment Program), this is a good step to reducing daily plastic consumption at Essilor.
- In France, the Happy Tuesday** initiative has launched a “Citizens” of CIT (Creteil Innovation &Technology) flash workshop on Tuesday 11 June; 25 employees from different Business Units were invited to brainstorm about how they can contribute to a better environment. Brilliant ideas for actions were harvested which would have a positive impact on the sustainable development of the site.
For more information, read Essilor’s 2018 Sustainability Report which outlines the Group sustainability strategy as well as some of the initiatives across the group.
* 2020 target: reduce water and energy consumption per good lens produced by -20% and -15% respectively, with 2015 baseline
** Happy Tuesday: an initiative based upon collective intelligence.