From October 28 through December 24, 2015, $10 from L’Occitane gift sets sold in stores and online will go toward Dress for Success. “Philanthropy is at the heart of L’Occitane’s DNA and we have been committed to helping women since the brand’s early years,” said Abigail Kazam, Vice President of Marketing at L’Occitane Inc., in a press release.
Dress for Success is a global not-for-profit focused on providing professional attire, a network of peer support and career development tools to help women—particularly those with less access to resources—succeed in business. Launched in 1997, Dress for Success is now in 140 cities in 20 countries and has helped more than 850,000 women work toward self-sufficiency.
Three of those women, Terry, Dorothy, T.L. and Heather share their experience with Dress for Success:
“The support of our partners allows Dress for Success to continue to expand our services and reach more women on their paths to financial freedom,” said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide, on the group’s website. “We are grateful to L’Occitane for choosing to support our women and for also providing an easy, fun way for their customers to get involved this holiday season as well.”
L’Occitane was founded by Olivier Baussan in 1976. Its first business venture set the tone for the brand as Baussan opened a small cooperative in West Africa employing local women in exchange for Fair Trade harvest of shea butter. As of today, more than 1 million Shea Butter Hand Creams have been bought and the co-op now employs 17,000 women.
“L’Occitane has been committed to women’s empowerment for decades and there is no time more important than the present to continue this mission,” Kazam told brandchannel. “Each year, not only are we seeing more women in business, but we are seeing them soar to new heights, with stronger confidence, and an even greater sense of autonomy.”
Kazam added, “With the holidays fast approaching, we want to celebrate the journey toward self-sufficiency and enable those in need to start 2016 with their best foot forward. We remain dedicated to supporting those on their path to success while laying the groundwork for the next generation of women in the workforce.”
Partnering with Dress for Success is a perfect fit with L’Occitane as it provides suiting, mock interviews, money management and a network of support to women. This initiative will benefit up to 2,400 women.
Findings in a major new study from LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. reveal sharply different views of the workplace, in which women say “they experience a playing field at work that is anything but level,” reports the Wall Street Journal.
Just over one-quarter of female survey respondents say that their organization is a meritocracy, adds the WSJ. In the end, according to the survey, women are 15 percent less likely than men to be promoted to the next level, “and at the current pace, it will be more than a century before there is gender equality in the C-suite.”