May 23, 2024

SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM, May 23, 2024 

Global contact lens manufacturer, CooperVision, has achieved another milestone in its sustainability journey with two of its facilities in Hampshire, UK, being awarded the prestigious LEED® Gold certification. The company’s Mountpark packaging facility in Southampton and its Delta Park distribution facility near Fareham were recently assessed across a range of criteria to quantify their environmental credentials. These sites proudly join other CooperVision facilities in Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States that are LEED certified. 

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is a globally-recognised symbol of excellence in green building. Through design, construction and operations practices, LEED-certified buildings strive to help make the world more sustainable. LEED projects earn points by adhering to prerequisites and credits across nine measurements for building excellence; from integrative design to human health to material use. Both CooperVision sites excelled in a number of evaluation categories, including energy performance, transportation and water efficiency. 

“We are always looking for ways to operate more sustainably to benefit our employees, customers, business and the planet” said Jason Burden, Vice President Global Packaging Operations at CooperVision. “The Mountpark facility already holds a BREEAM®* “Excellent” rating, which is a positive reflection of its sustainability credentials, and the award of LEED Gold certification at these two sites is a major testament to the dedication of our team, whose participation made this recognition possible.”
In addition to the LEED awards, the two facilities have recently been certified by SCS Global Services under its ‘Zero Waste Program’ as achieving over 95% waste diversion from landfill.

CooperVision has focused strongly on sustainability across its business. The company is committed to taking steps in its manufacturing and distribution to operate more sustainably where possible. This includes taking steps to reclaim its manufacturing materials after they have served their initial purpose. The company is also facilitating the responsible sourcing of materials,1 and starting to offset waste from its products and packaging that cannot yet be reused.2† 

To find out more on CooperVision’s approach to sustainability, visit: https://coopervision.co.uk/about-us/coopervision-sustainability
 

* BREEAM® - ‘Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method’.
† Refers to CooperVision's plastic neutrality initiative with Plastic Bank. Plastic neutrality is established by purchasing credits from Plastic Bank. A credit represents the collection and conversion of one kilogram of plastic that may reach or be destined for waterways. CooperVision purchases credits equal to the weight of plastic in its one-day contact lens orders. One-day contact lens plastic is determined by the weight of plastic in the blister, the lens and the secondary package (outer carton), including laminates, adhesives, and auxiliary inputs (e.g. ink).

1. CVI data on file, 2023. CooperVision Supplier Code of Conduct.
2. CVI data on file, 2023.
LEED®, and its related logo, is a trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council® and is used with permission. 
 

About CooperVision
CooperVision, a division of CooperCompanies (Nasdaq: COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of contact lenses. The company produces a full array of daily disposable, two-week, and monthly soft contact lenses that feature advanced materials and optics, and premium rigid gas permeable lenses for orthokeratology and scleral designs. CooperVision has a strong heritage of addressing the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism, presbyopia, childhood myopia, and irregular corneas; and offers the most complete portfolio 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 CooperCompanies
CooperCompanies (Nasdaq: COO) is a leading global medical device company focused on improving lives one person at a time. The Company operates through two business units, CooperVision and CooperSurgical. CooperVision is a trusted leader in the contact lens industry, improving the vision of millions of people every day. CooperSurgical is a leading fertility and women’s health company dedicated to assisting women, babies, and families at the healthcare moments that matter most. Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., CooperCompanies has a workforce of more than 15,000 with products sold in over 130 countries. For more information, visit www.coopercos.com.
 

Media Contact
Heath Clash 
Head of Communications, CooperVision EMEA
hclash@coopervision.co.uk; +44 (0)7825 891287