With a long history of corporate social responsibility, L'OCCITANE is committed to fighting avoidable blindness around the world. The company has supported Orbis for 17 years, donating more than €1,880,000 (approx. £1.6m) in funding for Orbis to support eye health training programmes worldwide.

The partnership with Orbis is part of L'OCCITANE Foundation’s global programme called “Union for Vision”, which is aiming to provide eye care to more than 10 million people by 2020.

During the long partnership, L'OCCITANE’s funding has supported Orbis programmes in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, India, China and Ethiopia. As an example, in China over 1.5 million people received eye care thanks to L'OCCITANE’s support for a programme to deliver village and school screenings, significantly contributing to the reduction of childhood blindness in Gansu province.

L'OCCITANE Foundation donating to Orbis

In 2011, L'OCCITANE donated €400,000 (approx. £350,000) towards the next-generation Orbis Flying Eye Hospital. The funds were used to sponsor the construction of the Patient Care & Laser Room which will serve as a laser treatment and training area, as well as hosting patients and their families during pre and post-operative assessments.

Kit Braden, Director of the L'OCCITANE Group and Orbis UK Trustee, attended the official launch of the new aircraft in Los Angeles, hosting a press conference, ribbon cutting and private tour of the new Flying Eye Hospital.

Orbis are extremely grateful for L'OCCITANE’s unwavering dedication to the fight against avoidable blindness, and their committed support to Orbis’s programmes and approach.

If you’d like to discuss ways your company can support Orbis’s sight saving work worldwide, please get in touch with Matt Coleman, Corporate Partnerships Manager.

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