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.
Creating healthier communities also means protecting our planet and preserving vital resources. Cooper has several initiatives to minimize the environmental impact of our operations.
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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 Platinum 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.
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.
CooperVision colleagues dedicated time during a team meeting to give back to the local community in the California Bay Area. The team helped prepare and serve dinner at a local shelter, working together to make macaroni and cheese, salad, shepherd’s pie and other items to serve to those in need.
CooperSurgical Costa Rica organized a soccer tournament charity fundraiser between the men’s soccer team at CooperSurgical and CooperVision in Costa Rica to help raise funds to support March of Dimes.
Colleagues from CooperVision West Henrietta, NY came together to pack 200 lunch bags for a local homeless shelter in Rochester. The team formed an assembly line to package sandwich lunches for those in need in their local community.
The CooperSurgical team in Trumbull, CT, hosted a ‘Lend a Paw’ pet supply drive to collect items to donate to local dog and cat shelters. The team collected over 60 items including food, cat litter, beds, dog leashes and more which were donated to selected organizations.
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.