This excerpt taken from the LUX 6-K filed May 12, 2009.
The Retail Distribution and Wholesale Distribution Segments are responsible for establishing commercial presence in the worlds markets and developing profitable business. They have local sales organizations in their various markets and use centralized structures providing support services.
In December 2008, Luxottica introduced the Groups new global foundation, OneSight, a family of charitable vision care programs dedicated to improving vision through outreach, research and education.
OneSight is based on three regional programs previously operated independently within the Group Give the Gift of Sight, Pearle Vision Foundation and Community I-Care and now combined under a new, global umbrella. Since 1988, Luxotticas charitable efforts have provided free vision care and eyewear to more than six million people worldwide and funded research and training. This operation will enable Luxottica to expand our worldwide reach and help even more people.
OneSight espouses three core values:
One World - Over 250 million adults and children worldwide suffer from poor vision because they dont have access to eye exams or glasses. OneSight is global, as are the problems it has to deal with.
One Company - Luxottica has over 60,000 employees in 130 different countries across five continents and speaking 55 different languages. OneSight can leverage the force and multi-cultural nature of the entire Group to help people who are seriously in need.
One Passion - Despite geographical and cultural differences, all Luxottica employees share the same objective everyday: to offer the best eyewear and best service to every customer. OneSight takes the Groups passion for eyewear and eye care to a new level, giving additional meaning to employees everyday work.
OneSight operates four programs:
· Global Eye Care, whereby volunteers carry out eye tests and deliver free recycled and newly manufactured eyewear to thousands of adults and children in the poorest parts of the world.
· Regional Eye Care, in which volunteers work together with local partners to help those in need in their regions by opening temporary clinics and using Vision Vans; this currently operates in North America, Australia and China.
· Community Eye Care, whereby Luxotticas North American and Australian employees improve their communities quality of life by means of programs operating in stores, schools, rest homes and other community centers.
· Preventative Eye Care, in which OneSight funds research into treatments and cures for vision-threatening diseases and disorders and invests in developing the next generation of optometric professionals through the Dr. Stanley Pearle Scholarship Fund.