For more than 170 years we have been creating value for all our stakeholders, from employee shareholders to eyecare professionals to the millions of people who wear our lenses. It’s because our business serves an essential mission – improving lives by improving sight.
OUR MISSION AT THE HEART
OF OUR SUSTAINABILITY APPROACH
Providing everyone, everywhere, with access to quality vision care is the biggest challenge in Essilor’s sustainable development efforts. With that challenge comes the Group’s commitment to every aspect of our social, societal and environmental responsibility as well as the impact on different stakeholders.
From ensuring the wellbeing of our employees, to innovating in order to reduce our environmental footprint and engaging in key dialogue to uphold our ethical responsibilities, we ultimately aim to support the long-term sustainable growth that enables us to fulfill our mission.
ORGANIZED TO DELIVER
SUSTAINABLE AND RESPONSIBLE GROWTH
Essilor was the first company in the French CAC 40 Index to establish a corporate social responsibility (CSR) committee within its Board of Directors’ committees. As Essilor is now part of EssilorLuxottica, the same organization has been maintained. The CSR Committee ensures the deployment of the Company’s Mission and reviews the Company’s approach, across the board, in managing its economic, social and environmental impact as well as its relationship with stakeholders.
The Sustainable Development department coordinates a global steering committee that brings together Essilor’s major functional departments and geographic divisions. It also provides expertise relating to the analysis and implementation of action plans which supports the Group’s sustainable growth. Operationally, it also coordinates and leads three multi-functional working groups on “Human Rights”, “Climate Change” and “Positive Product” to ensure alignment, facilitate collaboration and promote collective decisions.
OUR MATERIAL ISSUES
Essilor uses its materiality assessment method to anticipate the requirements, risks and opportunities connected with sustainable development. The Group has defined 20 priority areas which form the basis of the Group’s sustainable development strategy. These are regularly updated in line with trends in stakeholder expectations as well as in relation to the critical challenges on hand.
In 2016, Essilor assessed the contribution of its Mission, social, environmental and societal initiatives to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. What we learned reinforced the key topics we identified in our sustainability approach and our roadmap. It also highlighted the Group’s major positive social impact on several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. At Essilor, we believe that business has a significant role to play in solving the increasingly global and interconnected challenges related to ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all.
Find out more in our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Contribution Report.