Philanthropy

Bringing eye care support to 10 million people by 2020.
Through its flagship UNION FOR VISION 10 by 20 programme, the L'OCCITANE Foundation focuses on fighting preventable blindness by improving access to quality eye care throughout the world. Our aim is to provide eye care support to 10 million people by 2020.

The Foundation is particularly proud to have signed a partnership with UNICEF in 2016 for the fight against blindness for 1.7 million children before 2019 by providing critical supplies of vitamin A.

Every year, the L’OCCITANE Foundation supports NGOs projects in approximately 20 countries. These projects aim to train medical staff, bring quality equipment and increase awareness amongst the local populations. The goal is to enable beneficiaries to either recover or to protect their sight.
285
MILLION VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE
10
MILLION BENEFICIARIES BY 2020
UNION FOR VISION 10 BY 20
Union for Vision
"The L'OCCITANE Foundation encourages the Group's subsidiaries across the world to support the fight against avoidable blindness."
Empowering women and promoting women's leadership across the world.
Since the 1980s, L'OCCITANE has been promoting sustainable partnerships with women producers of shea butter. To further extend this commitment, the L'OCCITANE Foundation empowers women in Burkina Faso.

The Foundation focuses its support around 3 key pillars:

- Providing basic skills and knowledge to women by supporting literacy programs;
- Providing financial and technical resources through microcredit programs and training for income-generating activities;
- Supporting ​​entrepreneurial actions and the creation and development of small businesses. 

Since its creation in 2006, more than 26,000 women have received support in developing and strengthening their activities in Burkina Faso.
26,000
WOMEN
Empowering women
Leadership féminin
"L’OCCITANE has been recognised since 2013 by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as an exemplary company."
Provence and the Mediterranean, a region filled with potential.
For L'OCCITANE, Provence and the Mediterranean provide both a source of inspiration for our products and an opportunity to make a lasting and positive impact on the local terrain. We do this through the L'OCCITANE Foundation, for whom preserving natural heritage is a priority.

Through our partnership with the IUCN* in France, we are are supporting a project that will produce a red list of ecosystems for France's Mediterranean coastlines and forests so as to increase knowledge about biodiversity and raise awareness of the challenges involved.

Since the Foundation's creation, 900,000 people have been involved in local heritage preservation projects across the region.

*Internationa Union for the Conservation of Nature.
900,000
PEOPLE INVOLVED ACROSS THE REGION
Preserving natural heritage
Préservation du patrimonie
"We strive to make a lasting and positive impact on the local terrain."

Our actions over time

1980
Burkina Faso 1980
L'OCCITANE and the Burkina Faso women
Having discovered the benefits of shea butter, L'OCCITANE started to work with the women who produce shea butter in Burkina Faso in 1980 and has since implemented a mutually beneficial collaboration.
1997
Brail on packaging
Brail starts to be used on L'OCCITANE packaging
L'OCCITANE prints product labels in brail for the first time. Since then, the prevention of sight impairment has become a priority for the Group.
2000
1st solidarity product
1st solidarity products go on sale
In 2000, L'OCCITANE creates its first solidarity product to support the ONG Orbis. Solidarity products have been created each year thereafter, with the profits used soley for the benefit of selected NGOs.
2006
Creation of the L'OCCITANE Foundation
Creation of the L'OCCITANE Foundation
The L'OCCITANE Foundation was founded in 2006 to drive and unite the Group's philanthropic activities that have been running since its creation in 1976.
2011
L'OCCITANE Fund Japan Tsunami
The L'OCCITANE Fund
The L'OCCITANE Fund is set up in 2011 following the Japanese Tsunami. The Fund raises 2 million € from the Group's employees and shareholders to support reconstruction projects in devastated areas. The Fund continues to support similar worthy causes.
2015
UNION FOR VISION 10 by 20
UNION FOR VISION 10 by 20
L'OCCITANE and its Foundation succesfully provides eye care to 2 million beneficiaries through the projects it has supported. The Foundation decides to set a new goal: to provide support to 10 million beneficiaries by 2020.
2016
UNICEF partnership
UNICEF partnership to support visually impaired children across the world
A partnership is signed with UNICEF to contribute to the prevention of blindness for 1.7 million children before 2019 by providing critical supplies of vitamin A.
2017
5 million eye care beneficiaries
5 million eye care beneficiaries
L'OCCITANE and its Foundation's eye care support reaches as many as 5 million people across the world. With its UNION FOR VISION 10 by 20 program, L'OCCITANE continues pursues its goal of enabling 10 million people to regain or maintain their vision by 2020.

Our projects around the world

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Group Philanthropy Report FY2017
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Melvita philanthropy

Committed to safeguarding bees.

For more than 35 years, Melvita has been committed to safeguarding bees. Since 2010, it has supported public interest initiatives through a philanthropy programme that focuses on protecting biodiversity and safeguarding the future of bees. Its projects take an agro-ecological approach that helps to build communities and promote social integration.

In 2017, Melvita supported the following two initiatives:

The Argan Bees Programme, working with the NGO Man & Nature to develop beekeeping amongst the female-run cooperatives in the argan oil industry.

The Cocagne Bees Programme, dedicated to developing beekeeping in organic market gardens that helps to integrate people back into the workplace.
670
BEEHIVES INSTALLED
26.8
MILLION BEES
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