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Alcon goes all-in on volunteering with ‘Alcon in Action’

  • Thousands of company associates across the globe come together to build stronger, healthier communities
  • Follow along with #AlconInAction via the Alcon Facebook and LinkedIn channels

Geneva, May 23, 2019 – Today, thousands of Alcon associates across more than 35 countries are participating in Alcon in Action, a company-wide day of community volunteering. This is the seventh consecutive year that Alcon, the global leader in eye care dedicated to helping people see brilliantly, has engaged in a global day of volunteering – and the first time as a standalone company.

Demonstrating Alcon’s longstanding commitment to service, associates are impacting local communities and individuals in locations including Australia, China, France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and the United States. The company anticipates thousands of volunteer hours to be accumulated around the world.

“Alcon in Action is more than a one-day event, it’s a celebration of Alcon’s longstanding commitment to building stronger, healthier communities, and an opportunity to demonstrate who we are as a corporate citizen,” said David Endicott, Chief Executive Officer of Alcon. “Alcon in Action brings our associates together for a common cause and inspires us to take action in our communities today and every day.”

In Fort Worth, Alcon volunteer activities include serving meals to the homeless, playing games and eating with the elderly, reading books to children and mentoring inmates through a prison entrepreneurship program. In addition to remote volunteering, many Alcon campuses have on-site activities for associates to participate in, as well. Alcon in Action’s global reach includes associates in Japan recycling contact lenses and blister packs, and associates in Thailand assisting in marine waste collection and clean up.

“Making a difference where Alcon associates live and work is fundamental to us,” said Melissa Thompson, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Alcon and President of the Alcon Foundation. “We feel an immense sense of pride in working for a company that values and supports volunteerism.  While we are active in communities year-round, Alcon in Action provides associates with a unique opportunity to come together locally and connect with our neighbors. We are excited to continue making a positive and tangible impact through our global day of volunteering.

While Alcon in Action is a one-day event, Alcon works year-round alongside local non-profit organizations in communities worldwide. From literacy tutoring and meal delivery to vision screenings, Alcon associates contribute to their communities on an ongoing basis. Helping people see brilliantly is the core of Alcon’s mission, and by volunteering and supporting long-time charitable partners, lives are changed in more ways than one.

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About Alcon Foundation

For more than 50 years, Alcon has partnered with non-profit organizations that help advance eye health, skills transfer, education and access to quality eye care around the world. The Alcon Foundation awards grants to qualified, U.S.-based tax-exempt public 501(c)(3) charities that provide high-quality programs, training and community services with well-defined goals to enhance sight and improve the lives of people who otherwise would not have access to proper eye care. For more information, visit

About Alcon

Alcon helps people see brilliantly. As the global leader in eye care with a heritage spanning more than seven decades, we offer the broadest portfolio of products to enhance sight and improve people’s lives. Our Surgical and Vision Care products touch the lives of more than 260 million people in over 140 countries each year living with conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases and refractive errors. Our more than 20,000 associates are enhancing the quality of life through innovative products, partnerships with eye care professionals and programs that advance access to quality eye care. Learn more at

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