The Financial Times awards Essilor

Essilor has been awarded the title of “Diversity Leader 2020” by the Financial Times, recognized in the publication’s new annual ranking of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The group is listed 62 nd out of a total of 10,000 companies scanned as part of this first-of-its-kind ranking which assesses companies’ success in promoting all types of diversity.

This award is an endorsement of the company’s continuous commitment and concrete initiatives towards greater diversity and inclusion within the Company. At Essilor, diversity is defined and fostered across multiple areas, ranging from gender balance, integration of people with disabilities, openness to all forms of sexual orientation to generational and cultural diversity.

With 7 nationalities represented in its management committee, Essilor’s efforts in the field of diversity are driven by both Group policies and a strong network of internal diversity ambassadors, promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce across regions.

Essilor is an official sponsor and active participant in the EVE programme whose ambition is to tackle the issue of women’s progression within the professional world and has launched W.I.L (Women In Leadership), an internal initiative to help develop more women into leadership positions in the Asia-Pacific-Middle-East-Africa scope of the Group.

When recruiting, the Group also makes sure that at least 50% of candidates are women, and when hiring at executive level that at least one woman is on the shortlist. This latest recognition by the Financial Times follows on from a strong score of 94 points out of 100 in the Gender Equality Index by Essilor, which the Company measured earlier this year based on the methodology defined by the French government.