OSA Sustainability Committee 23 July – Members update

August 9, 2021

The OSA Sustainability Committee held its first meeting on Friday 23 July, where it was agreed that Jayne Abel (pictured above) would be Chair and Julian Wiles the Deputy Chair. Positions will be up for rotation on an annual basis.

How to behave in a more environmentally sensitive and more sustainable way are very big topics – and there are many different and often confusing resources available.

It was agreed that the OSA would develop a voluntary charter that members can sign up to, to show their commitment to behaving an environmentally responsible way. As a first step, to help members down this road, the committee will begin work on some basic guidance on key concepts and a glossary of terms. It will also compile a list of accreditation schemes and companies.

The OSA will also work with colleagues in the optical sector, including ABDO, who have developed a workstream on social, ethical and environmental (SEE) initiatives, and are holding their first SEE Summit on the Environment on 4 October. OSA are delighted to be supporting this event – you can find out more and book a place here.

Given the scale of this subject, we want to be sure that we provide resources that are of value to our members. We would therefore welcome feedback from members about what you would find of benefit them and what information you would like about sustainability and environmental issues.

If you would like to know more, or to join the Sustainability Committee, please contact Marianne at [email protected]