Essilor has again been selected by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index World and Europe for its corporate sustainability leadership, ranked second in the Health Care Equipment and Supplies sector. For the 14th consecutive year Essilor has also been included in the FTSE4Good – a global investment index designed to identify companies that demonstrate strong environmental, social and governance practices. The inclusion of Essilor International in two leading sustainability indices underlines the Group’s position as one of the world’s best performing companies in terms of sustainable development.
“At Essilor we have always considered responsible and sustainable business practices to be fundamental to our mission of improving lives by improving sight. We are proud that the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good recognise the value that our long-term commitment to sustainable development can bring to the world’s visual health today and global prosperity tomorrow,” said Hubert Sagnières, Chairman and CEO of Essilor International.
In addition to these two important references the Group has also received two awards for its corporate social responsibility in 2017. Essilor won a sustainable business award in Singapore in July for its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Through the Group’s mission and sustainability approach across its value chain, Essilor contributes to 13 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. In June, Essilor won the Corporate Social Responsibility Award in the World Procurement Awards for its supplier sustainability program that engages the Group’s suppliers in social, ethical, environmental and communityfocused initiatives.
With 64,000 employees in 69 countries, 523 production sites on five continents and over 30,000 suppliers, Essilor has a significant global ‘footprint’. Across the world, employees at each Group entity contribute to the key priorities of the company’s sustainability approach: innovating to improve access to visual health; reducing water and energy consumption; promoting diversity and inclusion; ensuring safe and quality working conditions; and connecting suppliers and customers to its mission.
This year Essilor adopted a set of 2020 targets in key areas of corporate social responsibility – from improving the lives of 50 million individuals at the ‘base of the pyramid’, further reducing the Group’s environmental footprint to ensuring responsible sourcing.
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