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David Endicott
David Endicott
Chief Executive Officer
Alcon Inc.

Our commitment to corporate responsibility is reflected across the organization from individual associates at every site to the Board of Directors.

Letter from our CEO

It is my pleasure to present our first Corporate Responsibility Report as a new public company. We’ve been actively engaged in environmental, social, and governance initiatives (ESG) over our 70+ years in ophthalmology and optometry, and we are pleased to share with you our perspective on corporate citizenship in this inaugural report.

Our mission of helping people See Brilliantly is rooted in enabling all of our stakeholders to live life to the fullest, and we take our stewardship role seriously. This year we launched a breakthrough intraocular lens (IOL) called PANOPTIX that enables more patients to become spectacle-free after cataract surgery. Our PRECISION1 contact lens provides consumers with the benefits of a daily SiHy lens, enabling them to enjoy the freedom of long lasting comfort. Our products are subject to some of the highest standards in safety and quality. We are mindful of our obligation to use resources responsibly, and we aspire to improve our sustainability. We compete for talent in 74 countries and challenge ourselves to create a healthy workplace, which our family of more than 20,000 associates can be proud to call home.

Our commitment is reflected across the organization. In 2020, we created a separate Governance and Nomination Committee of the Board of Directors to oversee our initiatives in governance, environmental stewardship, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility. We also established an ESG Executive Steering Committee composed of leaders in R&D, manufacturing, supply chain, compliance, investor relations, and commercial disciplines.

To provide relevant disclosures to our stakeholders, we initiated a comprehensive materiality assessment aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative framework. The results of that four-month study helped guide the preparation of this report. We have focused our disclosure on a discussion of Alcon’s Corporate Responsibility framework and four categories: Benefiting Customers & Patients; Caring for Our Environment; Winning in the Workplace; and Working with Integrity. We recognize that the road to corporate citizenship requires significant reflection and organizational alignment, and it is a journey, not a point in time. While some of our ESG initiatives are more developed, others are still in the early stages. Over the next couple of years, we will gather data and benchmark performance to further inform and evolve our understanding of these areas.

Our passion for good citizenship is demonstrated through our associate and philanthropic initiatives, and our response to COVID-19 exemplifies this commitment. As the public health crisis grew in scale, we acted decisively to protect our associates with new safety protocols, while our teams mobilized the manufacture and donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizer to frontline workers.

Each year, the Alcon Foundation supports programs that sit at the intersection of our purpose and communities in need. We support organizations and efforts that focus on improving eye sight and on providing eye care services to underserved citizens in communities around the world. Good vision is essential to quality of life, and we will continue to lend our expertise to increasing access to eye care.

These experiences attest to the spirit of our new Alcon. I look forward to continuing this journey with you, and I commit to sharing our progress along the way.

Best,
David Endicott
Chief Executive Officer
Alcon Inc.