Highlighting sustainability efforts made possible by employees around the globe, CooperVision has launched a new website, sales aid and report that celebrate this work. Available at https://coopervision.com/sustainability, a series of stories and data points profile multiple environmental initiatives focused on saving water, conserving energy; reducing, reusing and recycling resources; and empowering teams and communities.
CooperVision’s outreach is believed to be the first from any major contact lens manufacturer – an inventive approach that helps reinforce why the company is a responsible business partner, corporate citizen and employer.
“Our goal is simple: do better every day. Attaining that comes from the enduring drive of our people and partners worldwide to minimize our environmental impact,” said Chief Operations Officer Fernando Torre. “Everyone benefits – our employees, our customers, our business, and our planet. By sharing our progress, we hope that others are inspired to consider how their efforts might make an even greater impact.”
The new report cites various measures and accomplishments from the company’s manufacturing and distribution facilities, including:
– 99 percent of plastics used in production – representing tens of millions of pounds – are repurposed into new products such as traffic cones and molded chairs.
– Saving millions of gallons of water annually by reusing manufacturing process water in plant cooling towers.
– Incorporating natural light and high-efficiency lighting systems into new and retrofitted buildings.
– Developing site plans that promote mass transportation use, with up to 70% participation by employees at sites in Hungary and Costa Rica.
– Sharing knowledge with fellow corporations, civic organizations and governments, garnering some of the highest environmental honors among Puerto Rico-based manufacturers.
Pamela Jackson, Senior Director, Global Communications & Digital Marketing, who is spearheading the communications aspects of this initiative in collaboration with the global EHS team, believes the content will have multiple uses across CooperVision.
“In addition to the public at large being able to better see our efforts, this work should be well received by current and prospective customers, elected officials and agencies, and prospective employees,” she noted. “Being a steward for our planet is universally appreciated, and the work being done by so many people at CooperVision in support of that deserves to be more widely known and celebrated – externally and within the company.”
While the sustainability accomplishments resulted from the efforts of many employees, compiling the data and stories over several months was successful thanks to the indefatigable assistance of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) leaders. These included Dámaris Santiago-Lebrón, Alex Ryding, Daniel Mozes, Georgina Contreras, Karen Corrales, Vimaris Ortiz, James Locigno, Jim Mazurowski, Myles Ott, Jean-Pierre Destexhe and Emma Jiang. In addition to being invaluable throughout this project, the global EHS team is advancing sustainability efforts worldwide.