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Social Impact and Sustainability

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Alcon aspires to improve lives, strengthen communities and create long-term value by innovating products that improve sight. Our strategy leads with our commitment to enable communities to access critical eye care services so that everyone can See Brilliantly. It is focused on three areas — Brilliant Lives, Brilliant Innovation and Brilliant Planet — and includes social and environmental impact goals to hold ourselves accountable and measure progress.

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Alcon is working toward a world where treatable, preventable conditions affecting eye health receive the attention they need. More than 1.1 billion people are living with uncorrected vision impairment — 90% of whom live in low- and middle-income countries.1 Alcon helps our partners enable communities to access critical eye care services so that everyone can See Brilliantly regardless of geography, gender, age or socioeconomic status.

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Our diverse talent and culture of continuous improvement drive Alcon’s innovation, resulting in best-in-class products that change lives and are more sustainable, increase efficiencies and enhance patient safety. Through innovation, strong economic value propositions and engagement with healthcare decision-makers, we strive to provide all patients and consumers with the quality eye care they deserve.

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Alcon cares for our planet and helps create a more sustainable world so everyone can Live Brilliantly. Because we manufacture about 90% of our products internally, we are able to manage our environmental footprint through efficiency and optimization to reduce emissions, water, waste and chemicals of concern. Our global environmental sustainability strategy focuses on four priority topics: sustainable products and services, energy efficiency and GHG reduction, operational waste reduction and water stewardship.

Social Impact and Sustainability Goals


By 2025, Alcon’s philanthropic support and training programs will help improve vision for 5 million people afflicted with untreated cataracts in low- and middle-income countries, including 1 million considered cataract-blind

By 2025, Alcon associates will help improve vision and enhance academic success by conducting 150,000 vision screenings to children and ensuring comprehensive care for those in need


By 2030, Alcon will become carbon neutral across global 
 operations (Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions)

By 2030, Alcon will divert 100% of non-hazardous waste 
 generated at manufacturing sites and distribution centers from landfill


Learn more about our Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.


Certified Great Place to Work - Great Place to Work Institute (U.S., Ireland, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand)

Top Employer - Top Employers Institute (Brazil, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Poland, Spain and Switzerland)

Best Workplace in Texas - Fortune

Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality - Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index

Top Company for Sponsorship - DiversityInc

Learn more about our recognitions on Alcon Careers.


1 IAPB, Vision Atlas - The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (iapb.org)