Annual Report 2017

In focus

Empowering communities around the world

At GrandVision we acknowledge our responsibility towards economic development, improving the quality of life of our customers and employees, and creating value in the communities in which we operate. Our local retailers have embraced many CSR activities and initiatives over the years, which have grown to become an important part of our strategy. 

In total, GrandVision banners operate over 20 partnerships and collaborations worldwide with highly respected Non-Governmental Organizations and research institutions, sharing our values, ambitions and eye care expertise. These include, among others, the Macular Society and Childhood Eye Care Cancer Trust in the UK, Hellen Keller in France, the Salvation Army in Brazil, and Ophthalmology Worldwide in Belgium.
Several of these initiatives have involved trips abroad by GrandVision volunteers to Congo, Ghana or Peru where they have carried out over 8,300 eye exams and distributed glasses to people in need. Similarly, our business have collected and distributed over 160,000 second-hand glasses to poor communities – either in their own country or for disadvantaged regions around the world.

For example, GrandVision Portugal collaborates with Caritas, one of the world largest humanitarian networks helping children and the elderly, and provides both low priced and free spectacles, and free eye examinations in disadvantaged Portuguese communities. While Synoptik Denmark, in collaboration with the Danish Association of the Blind and Ghana Blind Union, collects more than 10,000 glasses each year, and once a year sends a delegation to Africa to conduct eye exams and share know-how. They have also established an eye clinic in Accra. Last but not least, Vision Express’ “Eye Tests Save Lives” campaign has encouraged the British government to introduce needed changes to ensure more drivers have regular eye tests – ultimately saving sight and lives.

Wherever they take place, GrandVision's initiatives empower local communities with knowledge and services and they are aligned to our mission of delivering high quality and affordable eye care to more and more people around the world.