Philips speaks at Global Sustainability Business Summit

February 14, 2012

Philips will play a key role this week in a global business summit in New York on 14–16 February, 2012, entitled: “Business Perspective on Sustainable Growth: Preparing for Rio+20”.


The summit brings together more than 400 prominent business leaders and policy makers from around the world and is hosted by global accounting firm, KPMG International, in collaboration with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Environment Program and United Nations Global Compact.

The summit aims to build momentum and to provide constructive input for world leaders when they meet at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”) in June 2012. Philips is committed to make a positive contribution to  the international sustainability debate and enhance  the quality of people’s lives around the globe..

Representing Philips, Mr. Greg Sebasky (Chairman of Philips North America) and Mr. Harry Verhaar (Head of global Public & Government Affairs, Philips Lighting) will participate  in panel sessions discussing key sustainable business issues and concrete actions to help advance the green growth agenda.

The summit will be opened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and will be webcasted. Please register here to view the high level panel session on Wednesday 15th February [2:30 p.m. ET / 08:30 p.m. CET] in which Greg Sebasky will present Philips’ view on sustainability and innovation.

Click here to view the full summit agenda.


Wednesday, February 15 | 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Driving Sustainable Value Creation: Grasping Opportunities

Ron Insana (CNBC) will lead a panel discussion with Peter Bakker, Incoming President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Dennis Jönsson, CEO and President, Tetra Pak, Steen Riisgard, President and CEO, Novozymes, and Greg Sebasky, Chairman of Philips North America and CEO of Global Customer Services for Philips Healthcare.

Doing business is increasingly shaped by global sustainability trends such as energy security, resource scarcity, and climate change. The private sector is progressively turning these challenges into business opportunities, driving innovation with new more efficient technologies, processes, and products. This webcast will highlight new market opportunities that are emerging from the challenges posed by global drivers, thus helping business sustain future economic growth in a resource-constrained world.

Global Business Summit

For further information, please contact:

Eeva Raaijmakers
Philips Corporate Communications
Tel: +31205977427 


Mark A. Stephenson
Philips North America
Tel: +19786597899 


Caroline Keulemans
Philips Lighting, Corporate Communications
Tel: +31651066949 


About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity.” Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 122,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 22.6 billion in 2011, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at


About KPMG International

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 152 countries and have 145,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.