Luxottica Group is deeply committed to the social responsibility towards the reality in which it operates, the environment and people. Social responsibility is the main lever for Luxottica to be committed to sustainable development of its business.
We believe this is the only way to build a future for all, beyond the short-term results of our actions. That is why we are involved to this event that is crucial and strategic for us.
In this way we are able to tell our ongoing commitment in a recognized contest, allowing us at the same time to get in touch and build fruitful relationships with the main Italian actors.
For further information: Dal Dire al Fare
For years Luxottica is supporting Telethon Italia, Italy’s second biggest foundation focusing on biomedical research into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of genetic diseases.
During the 3-day TV marathon, Luxottica Group’s OneSight foundation donated euro 50,000 towards research into retinitis pigmentosa (an inherited disorder of the retina causing gradual vision loss) and Leber congenital amaurosis (the premature form may cause blindness from birth).
OneSight, the Luxottica Group foundation, supports research into the treatment of preventable diseases.
In addition to this donation, OneSight North America will invest $250,000 in supporting research into treatment of diabetic retinopathy, the main cause of blindness in adults in North America, and other infantile diseases.
For further information: Telethon Italia
Health, education, purchasing of consumer goods, social work: these are the areas targeted by the action plan Luxottica has drawn up for its employees in 2009.
In a word, welfare. Not traditional but innovative and avant-garde. A plan that is set to become a benchmark and be imitated by other companies.
Why a package of aid made to measure?
Fact: the economic crisis has substantially reduced the purchasing power of Italian families. Giving employees a “rise” is probably the most common remedy but it also has the least impact on a practical, day-to-day basis: of every extra 100 euros in the pay packet, the employee would only see 50. And that’s another fact.
What would really help a family’s budget in the present economic situation in Italy and its likely short- and long-term effects?
The answer is Luxottica’s plan, which involves an incentive system based on non-cash benefits. Objective: to ease economic stress through initiatives of a social nature and the offering of goods and services that can have a real impact on daily life.
What does this mean in practice?
Agreements with major distribution chains to purchase consumer goods and with healthcare centers (preventive and diagnostic, dental, pediatric and specialist). And that’s just daily necessities and health.
And then there’s help for people who use public transport, education initiatives, scholarships, and professional training for Luxottica employees’ children.
On the social front, there are projects in support of families with problems such as disability, drug abuse and old age.
A package of aid worth euro 2.7 million, distributed to employees and their families starting in May 2009 through the offer of goods and services described above. 7,800 employees in the six production facilities in Italy will be able to benefit.
In terms of bargaining power, this means that for every 100 euros spent by the Company, employees will be able to buy goods and services normally worth at least 200 euros. A system that creates value and transfers it to people.
This is welfare. But also the Group’s social responsibility towards its people and the territory in which it operates. It’s an ambitious project that looks beyond short- and medium-term economic problems to create a model for all large Italian enterprises in the future.
It is a commitment to future generations, the children of employees in fact; it offers them training opportunities and merit-based incentives which will give them social mobility. The quality of a company can also be measured in terms of the quality of life of its employees.
A project with big numbers and impressive initiatives but above all a project that convinces because it’s tangible. Welcomed with trust and optimism by the trade unions and received enthusiastically by the press, Luxottica’s employee support program will become a “case”.
A model, a benchmark.
Transmitting confidence to employees and devising ways to help improve their quality of life also means creating a sense of belonging that makes a company not just a business organization but an organization genuinely made of people and for people