Inclusive Business

We empower individuals to become change makers in their own communities through job and infrastructure creation. We also recognise that empowering women is crucial. We therefore create opportunities for their greater involvement during our initiatives.

     

Essilor gathers 1,000 Eye Mitra in India to celebrate their achievements

For the fourth consecutive year, Essilor’s 2.5 New Vision Generation held its annual Eye Mitra convention in India. This year close to 1,000 Eye Mitra from the North Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan came together to celebrate a program developing skills, creating jobs and uplifting lives. Experienced and successful Eye Mitra shared inspiring stories while others […]

     

Meeting Vision Ambassadors in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast is among Africa’s most prosperous nations, but it still suffers from many disparities, in particular between rural and urban areas. We spoke to some Vision Ambassadors who joined the 2.5 New Vision Generation program in January, about how the simple task of providing near vision correction can contribute to reducing inequalities within their communities.  Making vision […]

     

Improving access to vision care through inclusive business models

Launched in 2013, Essilor’s inclusive business arm 2.5 New Vision Generation (2.5 NVG) provides vision care to underserved populations where people do not have access to conventional distribution channels. Through inclusive business models such as Eye Mitra or Vision Ambassadors, 2.5 NVG is creating a sustainable ecosystem that is not only generating employment and alleviating poverty, […]

     

Innovating to develop new solutions that will help to test vision in underserved regions

Essilor launched its open innovation See Change Challenge in 2016 to help improve access to vision care in underserved populations drawing on the collective intelligence of solution providers from diverse backgrounds. From a range of  impressive proposals, we’ve selected three finalists who have been invited to produce a prototype of their innovative refractive solution. Over […]

     
     

Eye Mitra film wins 2016 tve Global Sustainability Film Award

The short-film Eye Mitra: Friends Of the Eyes, produced by Essilor’s inclusive business arm, 2.5 New Vision Generation, has won an award  in the category Transforming Society at the 2016 tve Global Sustainability Awards, held in London on Monday 28 November.  ‘Eye Mitra’ was one of two Essilor films shortlisted among over forty entries for being inspiring, high-quality films that drive home the message of sustainability. The film focuses […]

     
     

Essilor mobilises its network and screens close to 45,000 people on World Sight Day

World Sight Day, held each year on the 2nd Thursday of October, is a key moment for organisations in the vision care ecosystem to raise awareness on the importance of good vision. Essilor’s inclusive business arm, 2.5 New Vision Generation, and the Essilor Vision Foundation together doubled their impact this year, reaching twice as many people as in 2015 with free […]

     
     

Partnering to help Chinese school children in the fight against myopia

In a country where an expected 700 million people will be myopic by 2020, Essilor Vision Foundation China is accelerating its fight against poor vision through both existing and new partnerships that are bringing vision care to thousands of school children in underserved regions. China is facing a visual health crisis: over 340 million people of all ages in China unnecessarily […]

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