Global Philanthropy and Corporate Citizenship

Mrs. Estée Lauder founded the Company on the belief that The Estée Lauder Companies is only as strong, healthy, educated and diverse as the communities in which it operates. We encourage and enable our employees, brands and consumers to actively engage in the communities where we live, work or have a presence – protecting the environment and supporting inclusion and diversity, the arts, women’s health, women’s empowerment, education, environment, health and human services and emergency disaster relief.

Guided by the belief that one person can make a difference, our employee volunteer programs offer a variety of opportunities to our employees worldwide – from volunteering with M∙A∙C AIDS Fund, The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign (BCA) and AVEDA Earth Month, to participating in locally relevant programs.

Launched in 1992 by the late Mrs. Evelyn H. Lauder, the mission of ELC’s Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign is to defeat breast cancer through education and medical research. The BCA Campaign, now present in more than 70 countries worldwide, continues to be highly influential, taking action in raising funds and awareness for the importance of breast health and early detection. Support for The BCA Campaign runs deep across our brands, regions and functions.

M∙A∙C Cosmetics is committed to the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Since the founding of M∙A∙C AIDS Fund (MAF) in 1994, M∙A∙C Cosmetics has raised more than $340 million, including $41.9 million in FY2014. Through a unique 100% giving model, every cent of the sales price of VIVA GLAM Lipstick and Lipglass is donated to MAF and other programs that help women, men and children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Many key ingredients used in La Mer products are sourced from the ocean, such as sea kelp used in La Mer’s Miracle Broth™. Since 2008, La Mer has contributed more than $2 million to help protect ocean habitats around the world. Through a global partnership with the National Geographic Society, La Mer is working with experts to raise awareness of the importance of ocean conservation and to support the next generation of ocean explorers.

Since 1999, AVEDA has raised more than $38 million to help support organizations that directly affect environmental change. More than $32 million has supported clean water projects at home and around the world. In FY2014, AVEDA’s global network and guests in more than 30 countries generated a total of $6 million through their Earth Month 2014 fundraising efforts. In Asia Pacific alone, we raised over $480,000.

Origins celebrates Earth Month each year through its global Plant-A-Tree initiative with American Forests Global ReLeaf. In FY2013 and FY2014, more than 83,000 trees were planted, bringing the total to more than 520,000 trees planted through this initiative, far exceeding the goal of 300,000 trees by 2015.

Our teams in APAC not only champion their brand’s programs but also initiate a huge number of additional projects to support their local communities. Thanks to the passion and commitment of our teams, we really make these programs come to life as we strive to truly make a difference. In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan had a devastating impact on the Philippines. With donations from our staff members, we helped the fishing village of Dolores Leyte which was demolished during the typhoon by purchasing 122 fishing boats and rebuilding 48 homes.

In rural China, there are about 65 million ‘left behind’ children. The parents of these children are migrant workers who have had to leave their home towns to get work, leaving their children in the care of grandparents or other relatives. To help address this issue, the China Affiliate is supporting The Rainbow Bridge Program. This program aims to improve the facilities of kindergartens which look after these children in some of the poorest areas of China.

The Estée Lauder Companies developed a partnership with The Asia Foundation based on our shared values of education and women’s advancement. Together, in 2010, we created The Estée Lauder Scholars Program to provide low income girls from Vietnam’s An Giang province with three-year scholarships to complete secondary education. In this region, more than 70 percent of school dropouts are girls, many of whom regress to illiteracy.

Since its inception, The Estée Lauder Scholars Program has helped 204 Scholars complete secondary school. In 2014, we expanded the program to begin funding 134 additional Scholars and were honored with The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Leadership Award for our continued commitment to advancing women’s education.