Today, we are improving the lives of every 4th person on earth

We would like to invite you to find out more about our new five year sustainability program running from 2016-2020 ‘Healthy people, sustainable planet.’
Our vision is to improve the lives of 3 billion people a year by 2025. To ensure we remain on track to achieve this goal, we have developed a model, audited externally, that tells us, how many lives have been touched by our products and solutions in a given year.
Lives improved model

We improved the lives of 2.1 billion people in 2016

Our Lives Improved model guides our efforts and measures our progress on improving people’s lives. Today, we are improving the lives of every 4th person on earth.

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Lives improved (in billions)

2016

Lives improved by Philips in 2016
Conceptual drawing, areas do not reflect actual proportions

2.1

billion

lives improved by Philips in 2016

Calculating Lives Improved

To guide our efforts and measure our progress, we take a two-dimensional approach – social and ecological – to improving people’s lives

 

Solutions from our portfolio that directly support the curative (‘care’) or preventive (‘well-being’) side of people’s health determine the contribution to the social dimension. As healthy ecosystems are also needed for people to live a healthy life, the contribution to the ecological dimension is determined by means of our steadily growing Green solutions portfolio, such as our energy efficient products in Personal Health.

 

Care
products and solutions that directly support the curative (care) side of people’s health

Well-being
products and solutions that support healthier lifestyle choice

Green Products
focused on improving energy and resource efficiency

 

We are on track with our target to improve the lives of 2.1 billion people a year by 2016. Please click here for a more detailed version of the Lives Improved methodology.

Philips lives improved world map

Find out more about our global activities, the lives we're improving around the world, and the progress of our sustainability drive.