Since it was founded, L’OCCITANE en Provence has supported initiatives to help others and protect the environment. To be able to give its all, the brand has focused on three key areas of engagement. Every year, the L’OCCITANE Foundation works in these three spheres of activity, supporting around fifty international projects. 

The L’OCCITANE Foundation’s priority is protecting people's eyesight by funding screening, eye care, training and scientific research. It is also committed to promoting female leadership in Burkina Faso by supporting women with entrepreneurial projects and helping with their emancipation. Finally, the Foundation supports initiatives that aim to conserve biodiversity.

Supported projects in 2019

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L'OCCITANE Foundation's origins

L’OCCITANE founder Olivier Baussan has always been passionate about the relationship between man and nature, as well as about know-how and traditions. As a result, since its creation in 1976, L’OCCITANE has been committed to protecting nature and the people who surround it. This commitment has taken tangible form: adding braille to most L’OCCITANE product packaging to make it accessible to those with a visual impairment, developing long-term and fair partnerships with female shea butter producers in Burkina Faso, and protecting iconic Provence species such as lavender and almond trees. Because of this belief, the L’OCCITANE Foundation was created in 2006 and the former has guided its work ever since.

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“Solidarity is a L’OCCITANE cornerstone. The Foundation is particularly dear to me: I feel happy and proud to be involved with a company that has had strong values right from the beginning, and to make them my own.”

Reinold Geiger, Foundation President and L’OCCITANE CEO

Reinold Geiger

“This Foundation has sprung forth from L'OCCITANE’s soul, simply bringing out what is on the inside. The L’OCCITANE Foundation’s role is to channel this internal drive to create a real sense of coherence between the L’OCCITANE story and the Foundation's activities.”

Olivier Baussan, Foundation Vice President and L’OCCITANE Founder

Olivier Baussan