See the Bigger Picture: Bring Vision to Those in Need

Warby Parker is a new eyewear brand that is transforming the optical industry into a better way of doing business; one thatís about doing good. To the founders of Warby Parker†doing good means transferring billions of dollars from large corporations to normal people by cutting superfluous costs. It also means using profits to bring prescription eyewear to those who need it most.

While in business school, Warby Parker co-founders Neil Blumenthal, Dave Gilboa, Andy Hunt, and Jeff Raider, and Dave Gilboa realized the disconnect between the production and retail cost of glasses. They’d personally experienced the pain of paying $500 dollars for the glasses they needed and were convinced that they could deliver the same quality for less. Warby Parker decided to sell glasses online, thereby bypassing the middlemen and drastically cutting costs.†With this innovative model, they are able to provide prescription eyewear for only $95. Unsurprisingly, there’s a large market of people who want affordable eyewear. Warby Parker hit their first year sales target in only three weeks and proved that†a business built to do good can succeed.

In addition to their customers,†Warby Parkerís shareholder-centric business model prioritizes their employees, the environment, and the community. The company believes everyone has a right to see.†Warby Parkerís buy a pair Ė give a pair program gives glasses to someone in need for every pair they sell. To do this, Warby Parker partners with non-profits, like VisionSpring, to provide†local entrepreneurs in developing areas with the†frames, lenses, and tools they need to provide eye exams and sell glasses. These newly trained entrepreneurs are then able to support themselves and provide an invaluable service to their community. Their neighbors, previously without access to eyewear, gain much needed vision and with that, the ability to work and care for themselves.

Leadership in a better way to do business is fundamental to Warby Parker, which is why they became†B Certified. According to Blumenthal,†B Corporations are creating the legal mechanisms that enable companies to do good in the world. B Certification is also a way †to demonstrate that doing good is not a fad for Warby Parker, but part of their DNA.


To find out more about Warby Parker and their many revolutionary business practices,†better know this B Corp.


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Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago

Already doing this.

Lindy E.
Belinda E.3 years ago

Perfect timing! I've been trying to figure out how I can afford to replace my 5-year-old glasses.

K s Goh
KS Goh3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Victoria Pitchford
Vicky P.3 years ago

very nice

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Elvina A.3 years ago


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Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence3 years ago

YES..please don't just toss your old glasses. Our local library as well as the Kiwanis Club collect glasses and the good they do is unelievable ..

Thanks so much for the article!

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers3 years ago

Make sure all your old glasses are recycled to charities!!

Bridget M.
Past Member 3 years ago

So cool.

Aditi G.
Aditi Ganguly3 years ago

thank you....