2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey Report


The 2020 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Survey was a confidential survey, developed in partnership with Nonprofit HR, one of the leading full-service human resources firms focused exclusively on the nonprofit sector with expertise in DEI consulting. It was designed to benchmark the vision care leadership landscape in order to help organizations within the industry identify opportunities they have to promote diversity, cultivate talent and improve their performance. 

The survey was open to all members of the vision care products and services industry and was fielded from November 9-24, 2020. The survey received 1527 usable responses, all U.S.-based.

The comprehensive report is available to download here along with several industry segment-specific reports highlighting data from different industry segments.

The industry segment breakdown of the 1,527 respondents includes:

  • Independent Eyecare and Retail: 37 percent
  • Academia: 20 percent
  • Supplier and Manufacturer: 19 percent
  • Corporate Eyecare and Retail: 16 percent
  • Industry group or other (includes buying groups, trade media, nonprofit organizations): 8 percent

The Vision Council’s main goals in commissioning the survey included: to assess diversity, inclusion, and career perceptions within the optical industry; to understand if certain populations were experiencing the industry differently; and to obtain feedback on how The Vision Council and other network organizations can provide support in this area.

The Vision Council’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force is using the survey results to prioritize key areas for change; identify potential policy and culture shift; set impact measurements; and identify additional resources for the industry. The Task Force’s next steps and recommendations will be shared in the coming months.

For additional information regarding The Vision Council’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Industry Task Force, please contact Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council.