January 21, 2015
Philips Foundation announces global innovation partnerships with the Red Cross and UNICEF
Today we announced the launch of our global partnerships with two of the world’s leading humanitarian organizations, the Red Cross and UNICEF. Our work with these partners will be based on new types of co-creation models that enable the partners to identify opportunities for innovation based on shared value, while benefiting from a global reach of over 190 countries.
“In 2015, as the world prepares to define the Post-2015 Development Agenda, it’s clear that the only way to overcome many of the global challenges is through cross-sector collaboration,” said Ronald de Jong, Chief Market Leader at Royal Philips and Chairman of the Philips Foundation. “We look forward to leveraging the expertise and people from each organization. Consolidating these efforts into these global partnerships under the Philips Foundation is a logical and exciting step in contributing to our company’s mission to improve the lives of 3 billion people by 2025.”
The Red Cross and the Philips Foundation will focus on exploring innovations and technology that could assist in providing immediate relief to people in regions affected by humanitarian crises including natural disasters. Key areas of cooperation include exploring ways to improve healthcare, providing powerful solar lighting to enhance safety in affected communities, and understanding how existing technology or sustainable practices could be utilized in emergency management.
The Philips Foundation and UNICEF will work together to develop new healthcare innovations for the first 1000 days of children’s lives, from conception to the age of two as this is a crucial period for children to build the basis to be able to thrive