Our approach to environmental, social and governance standards and human rights begins with understanding how our activities, including our products and services, as well as the activities of our business partners, may impact, either positively or negatively, our rightsholders. These include: employees and contractors, customers and supply chain workers.
We strive to ensure that the rights of these rightsholders are respected and promoted through our activities and those of our business partners. We work to meet this commitment through the activities outlined below.
Fair and Safe Work: We believe workers should be treated with dignity, respect, and fairness, and should not be subject to harassment, discrimination, forced labor, or inhumane treatment. We are working continuously to providing a safe, inclusive work environment for our employees and contractors in line with international labor standards wherever we do business. To promote these values across our supply chain, we implement oversight mechanisms and expectations for our business partners to meet these same standards in their own operations.
We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of our job applicants, contractors or employees by another employee, supervisor, manager, vendor, supplier, customer, donors, board members or any third party. Any form of discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, religion, disability, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities will be treated as a disciplinary matter.
This policy applies equally to communications via on-line communication channels, telephone, text messaging or voice mail.
For our production, we select only ISO certified production facilities (International Organization for Standardization, www.iso.org). As of the approval of the document by the DOT Glasses Board of investors, the consolidation of the production takes place in China, Ningbo and production of the frames in factories in Shenzen, which are ISO 9001 certified. Lenses are sourced from a global leader with the highest ESG standards, Essilor. DOT Glasses Director of Operations and Finance physically inspects all production and consolidation facilities at least once in a year. The injection moulding machine is serviced by 2 trained operators. Pictures of the factories are available upon request.
Should the production be shifted to other markets or manufacturers in the future, we will strive for equally certified production partners and monitoring procedure. Should this happen, this document will be updated and submitted to the Board of Investors for approval.
Our frames are ISO certified (ISO 12870) protected by utility model number 33821 (Industrial Property Office, Czech Republic) and have been designed by a Mercedes Benz subsidiary AKKA Czech Republic (previously MBtech Bohemia) and Stedina s.r.o. Lenses are supplied by Essilor – a global leader in the field.
Personal Data protection
Distribution of the glasses requires filling customers’ slips with basic data related to their name, age, dioptres needed and/or possible referral to specialized optometrist. In order to ensure protection of these data, the slips include a note informing the users that data are treated confidentially and used only for statistical and distribution process purposes by the DOT Glasses Team.
Empowering Women: We believe in the equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men. We are committed to enhancing gender balance in our workforce and empowering women across our value chain. As of endorsement of this document by the DOT Glasses Board of Investors, 2 out of 5 HQ full-time employees are women.
According to statistics, more than 60% of people with uncorrected vision impairment are women. Hence our solution has a great potential to contribute to women social and economic empowerment (for presentation of the solution, see DOT Glasses website). This can have positive impacts on their families, their children’s education and health, and can also make them economically more independent.
Partnerships: We believe in doing business with partners that share our values and commitments to respect human rights. We strive to work only with partners that share our human rights commitments, sometimes this might not always be the case. To mitigate risks of human rights violations further down our supply chain, we will strengthen our ongoing partnership due diligence and review process, including a review of potential human rights considerations as part of that due diligence, and use our leverage when partner-related risks are identified.
Environmental protection: The frames are produced by moulding machines and the moulding process does not result into any substantial CO2 or into any harmful substances emissions.
Good Governance: We are strongly committed not to engage in corruption at any time or in any form in the interaction with suppliers, intermediaries, governments and business partners.