At Philips we strive to make the world healthier and more sustainable through meaningful innovation. Together with our employees and partners, we work to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. Focusing on issues at the heart of Philips' business, Philips is able to lend its support and expertise to communities worldwide.
Energy-Efficient and Off-Grid Lighting
Electricity comes at a premium in many developing nations. In Africa alone, 560 million people have no access to the electricity grid at all. Philips is helping with affordable and sustainable lighting. Our solar powered lighting solutions make communities safer, help children study in the evening and provide more opportunities for people to work or gather after dark.
Access to Healthcare
Healthcare is about more than providing innovative medical equipment. Our challenge is to reach as many people as possible. We work together with local governments and health organizations to improve access to healthcare. But that’s not enough. In many countries, the lack of trained and skilled healthcare professionals who know how to operate and maintain equipment is an increasing challenge. Philips is a strategic partner in professional and technical healthcare education.
Mother and Childcare
Every year millions of children die in or shortly after birth. Half a million mothers too, die from utterly preventable complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. Philips’ commitment is to provide high quality and affordable mother and childcare to millions in areas where it’s needed most, in partnership with local health organizations. We are passionate about helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals to reduce child deaths by two-thirds and maternal deaths by three-quarters by 2015.
A healthy lifestyle is pertinent for an active and productive society. Lessons learned by children early in life have a profound impact on the habits they carry into adulthood. To promote healthy lifestyles, Philips works with employees, local communities and schools to teach children lessons about nutrition, the environment, exercise, hygiene and sanitation. Sharing locally relevant content through fun and engaging lessons, children, employees, and local community members all get involved in learning how to live better and healthier.
SimplyHealthy@Schools is Philips global community program, helping underprivileged school children live healthier lives. Employees engage children around the Healthy Heroes toolkit, illustrating simple ways that they can improve their health and well-being. We also provide a free upgrade of the lighting in the schools we visit. The program is aimed at 8 to 12 year olds and pays special attention to air, light, water, oral hygiene, exercise and the environment. When these factors are improved, children perform better and their overall mental and physical well-being also increases. In 2013, Philips employees travelled to over 100 schools in 24 countries, touching the lives of over 13,000 students.
Philips Community Light Centers
In 2012, Philips and the KNVB established a three year partnership, built around the creation of 90 solar ‘community light centers’ across the African & South American continents. Light centers are areas of approximately 1000m2, or the size of a small soccer pitch, which are lit using a new generation of highly efficient solar powered LED lighting.
The aim of the community lights centers is to create areas of light for rural communities which live without electricity, effectively ‘extend the day’ and creating numerous opportunities for social, sporting and economic activities in the evening. These new light centers will also enable and support the KNVB’s WorldCoaches program in Africa and South America. The WorldCoaches program trains football coaches in using football for social development, focusing on communities in developing countries.
Fabric of Africa – Collaboration Platform
Many of the brightest, most successful ideas are born of synergy. Over the past decades, we've worked closely with support organizations to implement healthcare projects across the Maghreb and Sub-Sahara Africa. We're always interested in exploring collaborative opportunities with stakeholders in the development, business, academic, non-profit and medical communities. If you are similarly committed to better healthcare in Africa, please visit our Fabric of Africa site for further information.
One way that Philips North America helps to improve peoples’ lives is by supporting projects that create healthy, sustainable communities that contribute to the success and well-being of future generations. Through the Philips Cares community outreach program in the United States, each year thousands of employees participate in meaningful volunteer opportunities that suite their needs, schedules, and passions. With a charitable focus on education, energy efficiency, and health, Philips sponsors nonprofit organizations such as the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, and March of Dimes. Through Philips Cares and our charitable partnerships, Philips and its employees are able to improve the quality of life in their communities today and for tomorrow.