Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) began a partnership with the Delfingen Foundation (supported by global automotive supplier Delfingen) in September 2017 to make vision correction part of the health care program for the company’s employees and their families. After a successful initial event that screened the vision of 500 people in Cebu, Philippines last year, volunteers from Essilor and Delfingen teamed up again to organize a second vision care day for 300 employees and family members at Delfingen’s production site in Cavite, Manila.
The scale of uncorrected poor vision is vast, particularly in emerging economies. The inaugural vision care event at Delfingen was the first eye test for 70% of employees and their families. At the second event in early February this year, 64% of people screened needed vision correction and were equipped with glasses from Essilor’s 2.5 NVG range.
Partnering with different public, private and non-profit organisations is one way that Essilor is able to focus resources where they can bring real benefit. “With the support of Essilor Vision Foundation, we can contribute to Essilor’s objective to improve lives by improving sight, while contributing to our own target to help individuals become more autonomous thanks to access to health care and education,” commented Bernard Streit, CEO of Delfingen and President of Delfingen Foundation.
EVF and Delfingen are working together to extend this vision care program to other industrial sites in India and Asia in 2018.
Since 2015 Essilor’s Vision Ambassador program has created 2,000 new primary vision care providers to bring affordable eye care across Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The Essilor Shared Services Philippines (ESSPI) in Manila is one of the centers of expertise supporting the Group’s business growth.