October 01, 2018

Environmental Initiatives Focused on Water, Energy, Recycling, and Empowering People 

PLEASANTON, Calif., October 1, 2018 — CooperVision has launched a new website that highlights its sustainability efforts around the globe. Available at coopervision.com/sustainability, the data and stories profile multiple environmental initiatives focused on saving water, conserving energy; reducing, reusing and recycling resources; and empowering people within the company and the communities in which it operates. 

The public-facing outreach is believed to be the first from any major contact lens manufacturer. 

“Our goal is simple: do better every day. Attaining that comes from the enduring drive of our people and partners worldwide to minimize our environmental impact,” said Fernando Torre, Chief Operations Officer, CooperVision. “Everyone benefits – our employees, our customers, our business, and our planet. By sharing our progress, we hope that others are inspired to consider how their efforts might make an even greater impact.” 

The new CooperVision report—which the company rolled out to employees earlier this summer—cites various measures and accomplishments from its manufacturing and distribution facilities, including: 

  • 99 percent of plastics used in production, representing tens of millions of pounds, are repurposed into new products such as traffic cones and molded chairs. 
  • Saving millions of gallons of water annually by reusing manufacturing process water in plant cooling towers. 
  • Incorporating natural light and high-efficiency lighting systems into new and retrofitted buildings. 
  • Developing site plans that promote mass transportation use, with up to 70% participation by employees at sites in Hungary and Costa Rica. 
  • Sharing knowledge with fellow corporations, civic organizations and governments, garnering some of the highest environmental honors among Puerto Rico-based manufacturers. 

The company anticipates updating the site periodically as its sustainability efforts continue. 

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About CooperVision 
CooperVision, a unit of The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses. The Company produces a full array of monthly, two-week and daily disposable contact lenses, all featuring advanced materials and optics. CooperVision has a strong heritage of solving the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism and presbyopia; and offers the most complete collection of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Through a combination of innovative products and focused practitioner support, the company brings a refreshing perspective to the marketplace, creating real advantages for customers and wearers. For more information, visit www.coopervision.com.

About The Cooper Companies 
The Cooper Companies, Inc. ("Cooper") is a global medical device company publicly traded on the NYSE (NYSE:COO). Cooper is dedicated to being A Quality of Life Company™ with a focus on delivering shareholder value. Cooper operates through two business units, CooperVision and CooperSurgical. CooperVision brings a refreshing perspective on vision care with a commitment to developing a wide range of high-quality products for contact lens wearers and providing focused practitioner support. CooperSurgical is committed to advancing the health of families with its diversified portfolio of products and services focusing on women’s health, fertility and diagnostics. Headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., Cooper has more than 12,000 employees with products sold in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.coopercos.com

Media Contact 
Mike McDougall, APR, Fellow PRSA 
McDougall Communications for CooperVision, Inc. 
mike@mcdougallpr.com or 585-434-2150 

Heather Kowalczyk, APR 
McDougall Communications for CooperVision, Inc. 
heather@mcdougallpr.com or 585-330-4878