By enforcing environmental management in our value chain
We rely on our suppliers for the production and transportation of our spectacles. This makes us strongly dependent on them to respect the environment and minimize our environmental footprint. To balance economic initiatives with our environmental needs and comply with the law and applicable regulations, GrandVision cooperates as much as possible with authorities that carry out environmental reviews and
monitor our suppliers.
Transportation is an important part of our value chain. We rely on our transportation partners when we bring our products from production facilities to our central warehouse (inbound transportation by ocean or air) and from our central warehouses to our local distribution centers (outbound transportation by road or to Latin America and Asia by air).
Factors that influence our transportation policy and respective performances include the demand for our spectacles in all the countries where we are active, the consumer demand for short lead times and product availability, and our ambition to reduce our CO2 footprint. In general, transport by air has the largest effect on climate change, followed by road and ocean transport. On the other hand, transport by ocean has a longer lead time than air freight. We had the ambition to increase our transport by rail, which has lower climate impacts, but this has proven not to be cost-effective mainly due to the long lead times.
In 2018, GrandVision transported more spectacles by road compared to 2017. Our air transport has reduced significantly, from 24% to 14% of our total freight. The number of frames transported by ocean remained stable with 34% of all transport movements.
Read more about it in our 2018 Annual Report: By enforcing environmental management in our value chain