with ZEISS Vision Care
Responsible action has always been linked to our long-term success. As a Carl Zeiss Foundation company, we have been living these values for over 100 years. We work with our teams worldwide to preserve resources while providing eye care solutions to help people see better.
We fulfill our responsibility by focusing on three major areas:
Sustainability is essential
We have been influencing the lives of people for many years with our technologies, products and solutions. And we are fully aligned with our sole owner, the Carl Zeiss Foundation, in understanding that sustainability is essential for the future of humankind, our customers, our company and our employees.Dr. Matthias Metz, Former Head of ZEISS Consumer Markets
Working together for a better future
The climate crisis and its impact on our planet is very real. ZEISS wants to be part of the solution.Dr. Nicole Ziegler, Head of Sustainability ZEISS
As part of our sustainability strategy, we aim to achieve carbon neutrality in our own operations by 2025. In combination with the goal of switching to green power at our main sites worldwide by 2022, we are contributing to the Paris Agreement of limiting global warming to less than 2°C.
green power supply in our main sites worldwide
CO2 neutrality in all our own global activities
We ensure that less water, energy and plastic go into the production of our eyeglasses and that less CO2 is emitted across the entire value chain – from the manufacture of semi-finished lenses all the way to final delivery.
We strive to better fulfill our responsibility each and every day in over 250 individual initiatives. We are working hard to achieve sustainable business practices across all our processes.
We save enough water to meet the drinking water needs of 180,000 people for one year.
We save enough energy to provide 3,100 households with electricity for one year.
Our yearly waste reduction is equal to the weight of 2.5 million plastic bags.
Our new eyeglass packaging saves 68 tons of paper each year.
A few of our over 250 initiatives
100 percent renewable energy in Varese1
Based on a mixture of hydro and biomass power, the site has been meeting its energy needs with 100 per cent renewable sources. The amount of renewable electricity booked would satisfy the electricity needs of about 1,500 Italian families and contribute to avoiding more than 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
Reusing wastewater in Tijuana2
To counteract water scarcity in specific production regions, the eyeglass lens plant reuses wastewater from operations processes for uses with lower water quality requirements. This results in an avoided water consumption of approximately 100 m3 annually, the equivalent necessary to satisfy the yearly water drinking needs of 100 people.
Rainwater recycling in Bangalore3
The Bangalore factory collects rainwater on a surface of 1,200 m2 on the factory roof and uses it for lens production. This makes the avoided consumption of the municipal drinking water – about 690,000 liters a year – available to citizens in an area facing water shortages during the drought season.
Recycling heat in production processes in Guangzhou4
Upgrading a compressed air system always leads to higher energy efficiencies, but in this case it also inspired our engineers in Guangzhou to recover the generated exhaust air by reusing it in the warming of our tinting baths: the result is a reduction in consumption of approx. 90 MWh, equivalent to the domestic energy consumption of 30 Chinese families.
Turning waste into raw material in Hebron7
The plant in Hebron has teamed up with a local business in the automotive industry. This partnership makes it possible to reuse the spent alcohol from the lens production process as a raw material for the manufacture of new alcohol-based products. Thanks to this approach, around 150 kg of potentially harmful volatile organic compounds can be recycled every year.
Water savings via new manufacturing process in Tonsley8
An investment of more than $1 million is converting production in Tonsley from wet-edging of lenses to dry-edging with CNC-controlled machines. Thanks to this conversion, no wastewater is produced during the production process.
Sustainable product development
We continuously scrutinize and improve our production processes with the goal of making lens production as sustainable as possible. We are developing methods that allow us to manufacture lenses with ever-decreasing material input and replace outdated production equipment with energy-efficient devices.
We want to move away from the tradition of automation for its own sake and towards a relentless pursuit of optimal parameters that can result in the lowest energy consumption and the lowest volume of waste production.
The volume of materials used isn’t the only crucial factor for sustainable development; the raw materials themselves are as well. Using a significant number of bio-based materials, we have developed more eco-friendly manufactured sunglass lenses, offering customers a sustainable choice.
Hundreds of tons of material every year
We have managed to significantly reduce the resources used in the manufacture of eyeglass lenses of semifinished lenses.Sven Hermann, Head of ZEISS Consumer Markets
Our goal is to use less water and energy and reduce the waste produced in all our production processes.Emanuele Novelli, Sustainability Manager ZEISS Vision Care
Aloka Vision Program in India
There is a massive need for affordable yet good quality eyeglasses in rural and underserved regions of India. The Aloka Vision Program, initiated and supported by ZEISS, aims to change the landscape of vision care in such areas through entrepreneurial networking, technology, innovation, quality eyeglasses and raising awareness of the benefits of clear vision.
Free lunch fund in China
As families in rural China are often unable to afford lunches, the free lunch fund offers school meals for children. ZEISS joined the project in 2014 and has since provided around 820,000 free meals for children. Besides this, ZEISS works together with its partners to deliver eye and vision care to the partner schools by providing professional eye exams and donating free lenses.
Optometry Giving Sight in Vietnam and Malawi
Optometry Giving Sight was founded in 2003 to prevent blindness and visual impairment caused by uncorrected vision loss and address the debilitating visual impairment problem. With a donation of more than $110,000, ZEISS Vision Care Canada has teamed up with WestGroupe to help fund critical local developments such as an optometry school in Vietnam and the equipment for an optometry program in Malawi.
As a company owned by a foundation, we are committed to social responsibility. This means responsible action is one of our corporate values. Our mission: Clear vision for everybody.
To this end, we support various local initiatives that are dedicated to this topic. Many people don’t have access to any form of eye care, especially in rural areas. The main reason is that most developing or impoverished regions lack the professional and logistical capacity to deliver vision correction.