We are guided and inspired by our vision

At Philips, we strive to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation. Our goal is to improve the lives of 3 billion people a year by 2025. We will be the best place to work for people who share our passion. Together we will deliver superior value for our customers and shareholders.

Building upon a rich heritage of innovation


The foundations of Philips were laid in 1891 when Gerard Philips and his father Frederik Philips established Philips & Co. in Eindhoven (Netherlands) – to “manufacture incandescent lamps and other electrical products”. A few years later, in 1895, Gerard's brother Anton Philips joined the young company. He proved to be a great commercial talent and within a few years Philips was one of the world’s leading producers of light bulbs.

Innovation and you


In 2013 we re-affirmed our long-standing commitment to improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation with the launch of our new brand promise – Philips delivers innovation that matters to you.


Our ‘innovation and you’ brand line is the simplest distillation of our brand promise. It encapsulates the magic of innovation that makes a meaningful difference to people’s lives.

Our strategic focus - driving value for customers and stakeholders


In 2014 we embarked upon the next phase of our Accelerate! transformation, moving from a holding company structured around multiple divisions to two stand-alone operating companies – in the areas of health technology and lighting solutions – with the ambition of capturing growth and creating value, both leveraging the trusted Philips brand.

Businesses bringing innovations to market


With our focus on delivering meaningful innovation, we serve both professional and consumer markets throughout the world in the areas of health systems, personal health and lighting solutions. We are a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare.

Supporting business creation through technological innovation


Guided by our understanding of the specific challenges local people face, our innovation activities enable our businesses to create new business options through new technologies, new business creation, and intellectual property development.

Our management structure combines responsible leadership and independent supervision


Koninklijke Philips N.V. (Royal Philips) is the parent company of the Philips Group. It is managed by the Executive Committee – comprising the members of the Board of Management and certain key officers from functions, businesses and markets – under the supervision of the Supervisory Board.

Value-adding relationships with supply partners


We work closely together with our suppliers, supporting them in their efforts to improve their operational and sustainability performance. We also involve them at an early stage of the design process, to help us innovate quickly and fulfill our customers’ expectations.