As an open network company, we offer our industry stakeholders in over 150 countries access to a global platform of high-quality vision care products, iconic brands that consumers love, as well as cutting-edge digital services and solutions.
We are home to some of the most loved and well-recognized eyecare and eyewear brands in the world. Tapping into the needs of our customers and consumers, our unparalleled portfolio of offerings includes world-class frame brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley and Persol; advanced lens technologies including Transitions, Varilux and Crizal; instruments and prescription laboratory equipment as well as innovative solutions. At the same time, we are developing new groundbreaking categories to address the world’s growing vision care needs such as myopia through products like Stellest.
We have a fully integrated approach, from R&D and product development to a robust supply chain that allows us to produce a complete pair of branded frames with advanced lens technology. We have a global manufacturing network which brings our culture of excellence to life, a powerful go-to-market strategy, including direct to consumer brands and a Professional Solutions network of 300,000 third-party stores from independent opticians to distribution chains, offering a true partnership with eyecare professionals rooted in patient care and product innovation. They are at the heart of our organization with their expertise both on eyecare and eyewear.
We also have 200 e-commerce platforms and an extensive retail network of 18,000 stores. This gives us a unique understanding of market trends, as we cultivate relationships with millions of consumers every day. Our goal is to help the industry grow from the ground up, in order to deliver on our Mission to help people around the world see more and be more.
We invest heavily in the future of our industry, by leveraging wearable technology and artificial intelligence with investments in technologies to make smart eyewear a gateway into new worlds and lead the transformation of the industry and beyond.
Our Mission and our commitment to Sustainability are embedded in our strategy, notably through the launch of our Eyes on the Planet sustainability program in 2021, where since then, we have made significant progress in the five key areas of circularity, carbon neutrality, world sight, inclusion and ethics. Taking a decisive step in our ambition to help eliminate uncorrected poor vision by 2050, we created the OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation, the largest foundation in the world driving inclusive vision care access, which unites many of the Group’s global advocacy and philanthropic actions to improve access to good vision to underserved communities. Our advocacy and philanthropic actions over the years have created over 22,800 vision care access points which helped us reach 585 million people in underserved communities.
At the very core of EssilorLuxottica are our people. We have a global community of approximately 190,000 talented and committed employees who work together relentlessly to make the Company better every day. We also continue to invest in our people by promoting subsidized employee shareholding programs that enable an innovative style of governance and foster dialogue by involving employees in our major decisions. With employee shareholding at the heart of our culture, over 72,000 employees in 85 countries now hold a financial stake in EssilorLuxottica, reflecting their confidence in the Company and our Mission.
Drawing on our long-lasting conviction that education is a key lever to shape the future of eyecare and eyewear, we are continuing to invest in Leonardo, the Group’s learning platform dedicated to the industry. All content is created by industry experts and is available in different formats following Leonardo’s blended educational approach.