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Corporate Social Responsibility

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Alcon sees a world where treatable, preventable conditions that affect people’s eye health receive the attention they need, when they need it, regardless of geography, gender, age or socioeconomic status.

Why Eye Care?

Caring for our eyes is an essential part of health. But too often, our eyes don’t receive the attention they deserve. Many people do not have the means to access the eye care they need, and there are many places around the world where quality eye care is not even available. The absence of eye care has an enormous impact on individuals and societies, resulting in more than $400 billion in lost productivity every year.1 The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Many devastating eye conditions such as glaucoma are treatable or, in the case of cataract blindness, even preventable. When eye health conditions are left unchecked, they can lead to bigger problems for our eyes and overall health.

The Need

The unmet need for quality eye care remains acute globally. We have the tools to make a difference. But without experts, partners and people on the ground who are trained and equipped to make a difference, people’s eyes and health will continue to suffer needlessly.

The Solution

We know that the need is bigger than any one organization can address. We understand that the problem requires more than just additional money, supplies or equipment. The only way to make quality eye care more available and accessible is by cultivating self-sustaining eye health ecosystems.

Together with our partners, the Alcon Foundation and Alcon Cares are helping people see brilliantly by expanding the availability of quality eye care and access for all.

Corporate Responsibility Report

Alcon has been actively engaged in environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives during our more than 75 years in ophthalmology and optometry. In publishing our annual Corporate Responsibility Report, we are sharing our perspective on corporate citizenship and demonstrating how our ESG efforts reflect our foundational principles: we care for and delight our customers, we pursue and drive innovation, and we care for and inspire our people.

Alcon Giving
Our corporate giving supports hundreds of charitable organizations. Our programs align with our giving objectives through monetary donations, product and equipment donations, and associate volunteer activities.
 

Charitable Monetary Donations

Charitable Product and Equipment Donations

Medical Missions Support and COVID-19
Medical missions are a valuable means to help people see brilliantly, and our commitment to responsibly supporting medical missions with product donations remains as strong as ever. COVID-19 continues to pose a significant health risk to the global community. To protect traveling volunteers and in-country medical teams and patients, Alcon Cares’ medical missions support is temporarily limited to countries accepting visitors, where minimum requirements we’ve established are met. We are vetting each medical mission request on the basis of its particular circumstances, including the destination’s U.S. State Department Travel Advisory* level, local partner support and patients’ access to post-operative care. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation and advise our partners of any updates to our policies.
*For the safety of all participants, Alcon Cares does not support medical missions to countries with a Level 4 U.S. State Department Travel Advisory

References

  1. “The Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health: Vision Beyond 2020,” The Lancet Global Health Commission, Volume 9, Issue 4, E489-E551, April 01, 2021.