Corporate responsibility is part of the Cooper culture. We are socially and environmentally responsible, enhancing health and wellness for people and communities locally and globally. Our policies and practices keep the planet in mind while supporting important causes where we live and work.
We’ve also aligned our efforts with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) aimed at protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity and peace for all by 2030. Learn more about how we’re doing that by clicking here.
Creating healthier communities also means protecting our planet and preserving vital resources. Cooper has several initiatives to minimize the environmental impact of our operations.
We are increasing renewable energy sourcing where possible, including several sites that have converted to 100% renewable electricity.
We are implementing production improvements to conserve water and energy, such as repurposing manufacturing process water, upgrading to high-efficiency lighting systems and installing advanced building management systems.
We are continuously looking for opportunities to recycle, with several sites recycling more than 90% of production process-related materials to keep them out of landfills.
Giving and Community Involvement
We believe in giving back to organizations that share our values and dedication to promoting healthier lives, communities and environments everywhere.
We have the privilege to work alongside organizations that make meaningful improvements in society each and every day. Our company and our employees contribute funds, time and talent across many initiatives and programs, including two signature causes, Optometry Giving Sight and March of Dimes. Through our global charitable giving program, Cooper Giving, employees can donate year-round to Optometry Giving Sight and March of Dimes and receive a company match.
Optometry Giving Sight
More than 1.2 billion people are unnecessarily blind or vision impaired because they do not have access to regular eye care. Optometry Giving Sight transforms lives by offering eye care at little or no cost, in addition to training local eye care professionals and establishing optometry schools and vision centers. CooperVision is proud to be a long-standing Global Gold Sponsor.
March of Dimes
CooperSurgical’s vision of a world with healthy women, babies and families directly aligns with March of Dimes’ belief that every baby can have the best possible start. For 80 years, the organization has championed education on and advocacy for healthy pregnancy, prenatal care and other services to reduce risks such as premature birth and has provided support for families whose babies need specialized intensive care. CooperSurgical is proud to partner with March of Dimes as its corporate charity.
We empower employees to give back where they believe it’s most meaningful. Check out a few of the many community-based organizations and causes our teams support.
CooperSurgical colleagues in Trumbull, CT joined 3,000 participants in a local 5K walk/run to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.
CooperVision Singapore teams volunteered at a local soup kitchen, Willing Hearts, which prepares and distributes about 5,000 meals daily to over 40 locations across Singapore. The team helped unload food, wash and cut vegetables and deliver meals to those in need.
CooperSurgical UK participated in the Kernow Killer, a 16km run filled with muddy crawls, river crossings and other obstacles, to help raise funds and awareness for the Fertility Network UK charity.
CooperSurgical teams in Trumbull held a back-to-school supplies drive supporting local public school students and teachers, collecting backpacks and school supplies to donate.
Over 100 CooperVision employees and their families participated in the Skiv-Strong Scottsville 5K, which raised funds to support a local high school.
The CooperVision Puerto Rico team partnered with Scuba Dogs to clean a local beach as part of International Coastal Cleanup, picking up litter along the Paseo Costero de Pastillo.
CooperCompanies and CooperVision colleagues from the Pleasanton and San Ramon sites donated eight boxes of leftover Halloween candy to support Operation Gratitude, an organization that collects and sends leftover Halloween candy to US military troops, veterans and first responders.
CooperSurgical colleagues in Trumbull, CT volunteered to beautify a local zoo, planting shrubs to welcome monkeys into their newly renovated habitats.
CooperVision and CooperSurgical teams came together to participate in the Coyol Race in Costa Rica, raising funds for schools in the local community.
CooperVision R&D teams in California partnered with local non-profit Kids Against Hunger to pack over 11,000 meals for hungry children in the Bay Area.
The CooperVision leadership team in Japan supported the Shanti Volunteer Association, donating picture books for children in refugee camps in seven Asian countries.
To support breast cancer awareness, Paragard (CooperSurgical) employees in Buffalo, NY wrote heartfelt notes to patients battling breast cancer as part of “Hope Kits” that are put together by the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
In the spirit of the holiday season, CooperVision Liege organized a toy drive, collecting gifts to donate to two organizations in Belgium that house orphaned and disabled children. The team collected many presents to donate to children in need.
Advancing the Industry
Through various programs, we further extend our reach by partnering on clinical and scientific initiatives for improved patient outcomes.
We host a diverse range of online courses and workshops for eye care practitioners and medical professionals.
We support a variety of research efforts to extend the body of knowledge in high-value areas.