We at the L’OCCITANE Foundation have decided to prioritise three key areas of activity and give them our full energy and attention. We have an average annual budget of €1,000,000 to support projects with a tangible impact on the ground.

To raise customer awareness of the causes dear to the company, L’OCCITANE en Provence also brings out charity products each year, with profits1 donated to NGO projects combatting avoidable blindness and promoting the emancipation of women. In 2018, over €1,000,000 were raised this way.

Finally, L’OCCITANE subsidiaries also contribute locally by supporting projects that aim to protect people’s eyesight. 

1In-store retail price, excluding taxes and the costs of transportation and production 
 

 

Caring for sight

   Caring for sight Let's create a world that everyone can see!

At L’OCCITANE, we want to live in a world where everyone can contemplate life. The senses have always been extremely important to us. 

Although 285 million people are currently visually impaired worldwide, 80% of cases could be avoided*! This is why the L'OCCITANE Foundation has been focusing on protecting eyesight since it was created in 2006. Indeed, L’OCCITANE and its Foundation have enabled over eight million people to access eye care services to date...and we are not stopping there! The UNION FOR VISION 10by20 programme brings together the diverse international initiatives launched by L’OCCITANE to combat avoidable blindness, aiming to provide eye care services to 10 million people by 2020.

1*Find the WHO study here  https://bit.ly/2ZtumCR   

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Eyecare for Himalayan Communities
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Eyewear distribution in Colombia
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Vitamin A distribution to prevent childhood blindness
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Screenings in Croatia

Empowering women

  Women  We support women as they develop their projects and chase their dreams.

L’OCCITANE’s initiatives supporting women are rooted in Burkina Faso, where we have been boosting female entrepreneurship since the 1980s. Originally, around a dozen women were making shea butter by hand for our products, while today, over 10,000 women supply L'OCCITANE, helped by machines. 

This partnership was strengthened in 2006 with the creation of the L’OCCITANE Foundation. The Foundation has decided to concentrate on promoting entrepreneurship and the emancipation of women in Burkina Faso.

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Beneficiary of UNICEF’s Girls Education Programme in Burkina Faso
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Women beneficiaries of the Entrepreneurs du Monde project in Burkina Faso
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Woman participating to L'OCCITANE Pour Elles contest in Burkina Faso
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Beneficiaries of the Aid and Action Women’s Literacy Programme in Burkina Faso

Protecting biodiversity

Biodiversity  Let’s protect biodiversity for future generations.

At L'OCCITANE, we are committed to defending and promoting our unique local biodiversity. The south of France is the perfect region for this challenge as L’OCCITANE was founded in Provence. The Mediterranean Basin is one of the richest ecosystems in the world. However, it is also a high-risk area facing significant biodiversity conservation issues.

The L'OCCITANE Foundation is continuing its commitment by taking action to protect natural heritage and biodiversity. Although originally limited to Provence and the Mediterranean Basin, the Foundation’s activities now extend outside the region and L’OCCITANE runs various international initiatives to protect biodiversity.
 

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Enhancement of the natural heritage of the countries of Forcalquier and la Montagne de Lure
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Planting of flowering strips in aromatic and medicinal plants in Provence
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Conservation of varieties of fruit trees of the Ile de Porquerolles
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Planting of flowering strips in aromatic and medicinal plants in Provence