Chapters
Annual Report 2018

Our long-term impact on society

Through its business, GrandVision touches several SDGs. Many of these issues are core to our CSR efforts, including anti-corruption, labor rights, responsible procurement, diversity & inclusion, and safety and environment.

We have identified SDGs in which we have the potential to make a positive impact, either directly through our business or indirectly through our value chains.

In accordance with our current long-term value creation, we see the greatest potential for positive impact through our business on SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth). 

As a producer and global retailer, GrandVision recognizes the greatest potential for mitigating negative impact at scale in SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production).

The tables below explain how we contribute to the realization of the SDGs through our CSR initiatives.

SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Relevant SDG subtargets

  • 3.8. Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.
  • 3.C. Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing States.
  • 3.6. By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.

Our contribution

  • We directly improve the access to high-quality eye care by being present in 40+ countries, with 7,095 stores and 37K+ employees, including highly qualified eye care specialists.
  • We enable the recruitment and development of eye care specialists, among others in developing countries.
  • We increase the awareness of the importance of good vision in traffic (driver safety programs) and improve the accessibility to high-quality and affordable eye care.

Link to strategic objective(s)

  • Strengthening and deploying global capabilities.
  • Drive comparable growth.
  • Optimize existing store network.
  • Expand in current and enter new markets.

Link to CSR Focus Area(s)

  • Focus area 1: Improving quality of life of customers and employees.
  • Focus area 2: Enhancing socio-economic development.
SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Relevant SDG subtargets

  • 8.2. Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors.
  • 8.6. By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training.
  • 8.8. Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in. particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.

Our contribution

  • We directly impact our employees by offering high-quality and sustainable employment opportunities.
  • We provide access to professional training for eye care professionals including apprentice programs.
  • We take responsibility to reduce potential negative effects by integrating international anti-corruption, social and environmental business standards into our own, as well as our suppliers’ purchasing processes.
  • We contribute to the economic growth of the countries we operate in and pay all applicable taxes.

Link to strategic objective(s)

  • Strengthening and deploying global capabilities.

Link to CSR Focus area(s)

  • Focus area 1: Improving quality of life of customers and employees.
  • Focus area 2: Enhancing socio-economic development.
  • Focus area 3: Being a responsible and trustworthy employer.
SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Relevant SDG subtargets

  • 12.5. By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

Our contribution

  • We take responsibility to reduce the carbon footprint of our production and transportation processes, as well as our store network.
  • We try to reduce waste streams by making more efficient use of energy and materials and there are initiatives where used spectacles are collected and redistributed in underdeveloped countries.

Link to strategic objective(s)

  • Strengthening and deploying global capabilities.

Link to CSR Focus area(s)

  • Focus area 4: Minimizing our environmental footprint.