Essilor International



Medical Instruments & Supplies



147 Rue de Paris, 

94220 Charenton-le-Pont


T: 01 49 77 42 24



  • CDP A- rating (climate and water) 
  • Dow Jones Sustainability Indices 
  • FTSE 4 Good 
  • The Forbes’ Most Innovative Companies ranking was discontinued in 2019
  • MSCI World ESG & World Low Carbon Leader
  • STOXX Global ESG Leaders, 
  • Euronext Vigeo Europe 120,
  • ECPI indices,




Xavier Galliot


Ethibel Excellence & Pioneer





SECTIONS :  Sustainability    Evaluation  •  Progress  •  Watch  •  Overview

Company Activity

For 170 years the Essilor Group has put its expertise at the service of good vision in designing, manufacturing and distributing ophthalmic lenses and equipment for eye care professionals.Today they are the leader in their field, providing solutions seen by professionals and consumers as the reference in correction, protection and prevention for visual health. With strong brands such as Varilux®, Crizal®, Eyezen™, Xperio®, Transitions®, Bolon®, Foster Grant® or Costa®, they are active across prescription glasses, sunglasses and reading glasses, and in ophthalmic optics equipment. A pioneer, innovation continuously drives our growth, with more than €200 million each year dedicated to research and innovation. Products, services, marketing, distribution: they innovate in all aspects of their business to meet the needs of consumers worldwide.

According to the company: “Our strength also lies in a partnership strategy that allows us to grow throughout the world according to the specific context of each location. This enables us to imagine new solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges – fighting the progression of myopia, combating visual aging, preventing eye strain linked to new digital habits… We do this with our partners and employees, all united by shared values and commitments that form a solid foundation for our development.”

Company Sustainable Activity


The Group’s employees are the leading players in and contributors to Essilor’s sustainable development. The Group’s employee policy focuses on four areas: ensuring employee health and safety and providing quality working conditions; training, developing skills and talent; integrating employees and all forms of diversity; and finally, promoting employee shareholding along with their participation in the governance and employee consultation through social dialogue.

OSHAS 18001 (76% certified), safety policies 

→ Training and the development of skills and talent 

    • “EssilorU”, the Essilor online training platform 
    • Essilor business management and leadership programs (more than 1000 employees and managers participated to corporate training programs in 2018.)
    • Talent management

→ Employee integration and inclusion of all forms of diversity 

    • Onboarding new employees 
    • Challenges, priorities and key themes of the diversity and inclusion policy 

→ the group strategy 

  • Indicators 
  • Awareness 
  • Development 
  • Process 
  • Enhance 
  • Implement 
  • Measures taken to promote the employment and integration of people with disabilities 
  • Anti-discrimination policy 

Despite an environmental footprint that is fragmented and limited in comparison to industrial processing activities, Essilor strives to reduce its impacts. By continuously improving environmental management processes, the work focuses on reducing water use, improving energy efficiency, reducing the carbon footprint and adapting to climate change; and finally, reducing and recovering waste. 

→ Strengthening environmental management 

    • environmental assessment and certification (76% of production plants are ISO 14 001 certified in 2018 + most significant prescription and service laboratories and distribution centers)
    • Environmental training and sensibilisation 

→ Reducing water use 

Management of water 

  • A number of entities use recycled production water or collected rainwater for sanitary networks.
  • continue its efforts by cutting its water use per good lens produced by 20% by 2020 compared to 2015

→ In 2018 the group has reduced 21% of water use, on track to reach this target 

Reduction program : “ Reboost Water program” 

  • water mapping: drafting of network maps for water and equipment using water for the main laboratories and mass production sites; 
  • installation of several meters, including “smart” meters to allow more accurate, continuous measurement of water use by the various production lines, support equipment or sanitary water networks; 
  • comparison of sites’ water performance with the benchmark process, or “water model”;
  • drafting of a medium-term plan to reduce each area of water use for sites.

Water discharge control program 

→ The Group controls the quality of its water discharges. Suspended materials, COD, five-day BOD, heavy metals and other general criteria like pH or other more specific indicators depending on the requirements of local water agencies are monitored locally through the environmental management systems

 → Energy efficiency in production and distribution 

    • Energy and production

→ Reboost Energy program goal : Achieving a 15% reduction in energy intensity per good lens produced by 2020, compared to 2015 

    • Energy and transportation 

→ A limited carbon footprint 

    • monitoring: measure the Group carbon footprint and identify main sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions;
    • mitigation: reduce GHG emissions to contribute mitigating climate change;
    • adaptation: assess climate change related risks, adapt the business to climate change consequences and build business resilience.

Monitoring the main sources of GHG emissions 

    • Scope 1 – Direct GHG emissions occur from sources that are owned or controlled by the Company;
    • Scope 2 – GHG emissions from the generation of purchased energy (e.g.: purchased electricity) consumed by the Company; 
    • Scope 3 – all indirect emissions (not included in scope 2) that occur in the value chain of the reporting company, including both upstream and downstream emissions.


    • transportation between suppliers, plants, laboratories and customers.
    • purchasing, including raw materials to manufacture the lenses
    • the energy used at the lens production plants and prescription laboratories

Adapting to the consequences of climate change 

→ A circular economy approach to raw material optimization and waste management 

    • the Group uses reusable shuttle packaging known as “Bulkpack” between certain production plants and laboratories, significantly reducing packaging waste;
    • Essilor has completed the waste generation analysis of its main plants, export laboratories and a number of its most significant prescription laboratories. This work involved mapping the amount and type of waste, as well as the associated processing solutions. It became apparent that the structure of existing local waste treatment measures play an important role when it comes to managing waste sorting at Group sites;
    • Essilor’s environmentally-responsible paper policy has received recognition by WWF France. Essilor improved its performance, ranking fourth in the PAP50 2017 survey. Its paper use per employee has fallen by 19%; over 300 tons of paper have been recycled and its recycling rate is close to 100%

As a leader in its sector, the Group has made a commitment to introducing preventive and vigilance mechanisms to ensure respect for human rights and the rules of integrity in the conduct of business. Essilor joins forces with its suppliers in its approach to sustainable development via a policy of sustainable procurement and also gets involved with local communities to contribute to their development. Furthermore, Essilor takes care to market products with stated levels of quality and performance that meet customers’ needs most effectively. 

→ Working the society 

Fair business practices 

      • Prevention of corruption 
      • Compliance with competition rules 

The group’s human rights vigilance plan 

      • An essential mission that helps provide access to visual health 
      • A mission that helps to promote human rights and protect the environment across the whole value chain 
      • Organization and steering 
      • Risk mapping 
      • Risk prevention and mitigation measures 
      • Regular assessment of subsidiaries, suppliers and subcontractors 
      • Alert mechanisms 
      • Monitoring systems 

Sustainable purchasing in supplier relations 

      • Dedicated organization 
      • Program contents 

Sustainable product marketing 

      • Quality & customer satisfaction 
      • Responsible marketing 

Direct and indirect socio economic contribution 


  • 14001 certified by 76%
  • OSHAS 18001 (76% certified)

Sustainable Development Goals

How company covers SDGs



→ Ensuring health and safety with a quality working environment 

    • Target 2020 : decreasing the work related injury frequency rate by 30% 

→ 16% reduction in 2018 


Essilor is very dedicated to announce their goals and improvements towards their sustainability activity, details in their CSR report. It holds famous recognition as they are part of CDP A List (climate and water) and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, most of their company owns international certificates such as ISO 14001 or OSHAS 18001. Thanks to this commitment and the possibility of their improvements: they are rated as a B.


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