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Oscar Van Leer

Oscar van Leer (1914-1996) was the younger son of Bernard van Leer and his wife Polly van Leer-Rubens. On his father’s death, Oscar set about continuing Bernard’s life’s work, not only as the head of the packaging empire he had created but also as principal trustee of he Bernard van Leer Foundation.

Under Oscar’s stewardship, the foundation quickly developed into a highly professional and efficient charitable organisation with a clearly defined objective.

Oscar van Leer’s ambition was to meld the packaging company and the foundation into one cohesive whole, representing ‘two sides of the same coin’.

He firmly believed that the methods and insights of the business world could strengthen those of the social sector and vice versa. He sought an ideal synthesis between capitalism and socialism in the form of the ‘Van Leer Entity’.

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