Our history

The foundation is at the heart of the Group’s philanthropic activities and social responsibility.
From its inception in 1987 to the present it has been proactively involved in a natural extension of the company’s mission: helping everyone to communicate better.


2019 : 140,000 registered for our Cultural MOOCs.

2018 : We have trained 60,000 young people and women in difficulty free of charge in our Digital Workshops in France.

2015 : The Orange Foundation moves in a new direction with digital solidarity. Alongside its traditional efforts, the priority becomes the digital education of young people.


2012 : Skills philanthropy is launched, with the Temps Partiel Senior (Senior Part Time) scheme involving Orange employees in France.

2011 : The 20th anniversary of the Orange Foundation’s support people with autism.

2010 : Orange Solidarity is born, with the first digital training workshops for social and professional integration.

2007 : 20 years of commitment... The France Telecom Foundation becomes the Orange Foundation.

2005 : Four new areas of commitment: healthcare, visual and hearing impairment, education, combating illiteracy and education for girls in developing countries. Growth in international philanthropy.

2002 : Phoenix Award from the UDA (French advertisers’ association).

2001 : First Autism Days organised in partnership with parents’ associations.

1995 : Community “Oscar” (Admical)

1991 Commitment to helping people with autism and their families. The France Telecom Group creates the Volunteers for Autism association, made up of employee volunteers.

1990 : First Nuit de la Voix (Night of the Voice) concert at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, with an audience of 1,200.
Philanthropy “Oscar” (Admical).

1987 : Establishment of the France Telecom Foundation with two focus areas: vocal music and gymnastic