Philips brings a gift of light to a village that’s been in darkness for 30 years

How an employee engagement program is now improving the lives of thousands of people around the world

July 9, 2014

Hanoi, Vietnam – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), the global leader in lighting, has provided a gift of Philips LED solar powered lighting to the village of Thanh Son in Vietnam. The donation, which is improving the lives of villagers who have been in darkness for 30 years, is part of the ‘Philips Gift of Light’ - an internal engagement initiative in which Philips employees nominated and voted for projects around the world deserving of a Philips gift of light. During the coming months, projects will be implemented by Philips employees in 17 countries.


The village of Thanh Son is located in a remote rural area about 70 km from Hanoi, Vietnam. For 30 years, village life in this largely off-grid community ended when the sun went down. Not anymore. A team of Philips employees has installed energy efficient LED solar powered lighting in 180 off-grid households and presented emergency LED battens and compact fluorescent lighting to a further 108 households where the electricity supply is unreliable. In addition, Philips has provided Philips Solar GreenVision solar powered LED road lighting for a play area at the village community center.



“We need to live our brand not just recite words on a page. So what better way to bring it to life than have our employees choose worthy causes that matter to them and then deliver our innovations to improve people’s lives,” said Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting. “We received more than 200 nominations and thousands of our employees voted to decide the winning projects that are now being implemented in 17 countries. The Thanh Son village project illustrates how we’re enhancing life with light and improving people’s lives.”


Le Viet Hung, Marketing Manager, Philips Lighting Vietnam, who nominated the project and worked with a team of nine employees to install the lighting said, “The candles and kerosene lamps have been put away and the smiles on people’s faces say it all. Children can play safely and study in the evening and village life has blossomed, no longer constrained by the setting sun. Our technology not only improved their lives but ours, showing that our lighting innovations really do matter. It makes me feel good inside.”

Notes to Editors


According to The World Bank, 1.2 billion people worldwide live without access to electricity. About 80% of those without access to modern energy live in rural areas.


About The Philips Gift of Light
In July 2013, Philips Lighting employees in 17 geographies were invited to nominate worthy causes or projects that could benefit from a Philips gift of light made up of innovations and services. Nominated projects were judged locally. Up to five shortlisted projects per geography were then voted upon by employees in each geography. The winners were announced in November 2013 to coincide with the unveiling of the new Philips brand positioning. The initiative was designed to engage employees emotionally and intellectually about the company’s brand promise (Philips delivers innovation that matters to you). This internal positioning underpins Philips’ external brand line, Innovation and You.

The Philips Lighting Management team reviewed all the winning projects and voted for an overall winner to receive an extra round of funding. The Thanh Son village project won this prize. The winning regional projects are in various stages of implementation and will be completed in the coming months. 


The winning projects vary around the world. They include lighting in facilities for homeless people and for the elderly; lighting to comfort children and families in a children’s hospice; lighting for specialist care facilities; lighting for communities in underprivileged and  underserved areas, such as lighting for a hospital, school, etc..

Philips brings a gift of light to Thanh Son village in Vietnam

Philips brings a gift of light to Thanh Son village in Vietnam

Philips brings a gift of light to Thanh Son village in Vietnam

For further information, please contact:

Neil Pattie
External Communications
Philips Lighting
Tel: +31 615 08 48 17


About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2013 sales of EUR 23.3 billion and employs approximately 112,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is 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. News from Philips is located at