Essilor has been awarded the title of “Diversity Leader 2020” by the Financial Times (FT). The French eyewear group ranked 62nd out of a total of 10,000 companies in the FT’s new annual ranking of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The assessment covered the companies’ achievements in multiple types of diversity.

The members of Essilor’s management committee are of seven nationalities. When recruiting, the group makes sure that at least 50 percent of candidates are women, and when hiring at the executive level, that at least one woman is shortlisted, Essilor said in a release. The company is an official sponsor and active participant in the EVE program, which promotes women’s advancement in the professional world. Furthermore, it has launched W.I.L (Women In Leadership), an internal initiative that aims to increase the number of women in leadership positions across the Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa scope of the group.

The FT’s “Diversity Leaders” ranking is based on an independent survey from a sample of more than 80,000 employees. The opinions of human resources and recruitment experts are also considered, in order to refine the analysis. The participants in the survey evaluated listed and privately held companies across ten European countries – Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K. – and 26 industry sectors on various diversity dimensions, such as general diversity, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age and disability. The 700 companies receiving the highest total scores were recognized as the Diversity Leaders 2020.