Sustainability performance highlights

Our planet

  • In 2009 we further increased the energy efficiency of our products and operations under our latest EcoVision program, meeting one of our 2012 targets three years ahead of time. 
  • Sales of Green Products rose to nearly 31% of overall sales up from 23% in 2008, representing an important, growing part of our revenue stream.
  • We introduced nearly 800 new Green Products to the market in 2009. That is a nine-fold increase over 2008, mainly due to over 700 new Green Products launched by Lighting.
  • Our investment in Green Innovations amounted to over EUR 400 million in 2009, on track for a cumulative amount of EUR 1 billion to be invested by 2012.
  • In absolute terms, total emissions in 2009 went down to 1.9 million tons CO2 equivalents. This is a reduction of our carbon footprint by 10%.

Our people

The Employee Engagement Index – the single measure of the overall level of employee engagement at Philips – dropped one point to 68% in 2009.  However, we are encouraged to see that employee engagement has remained high in what has been a difficult year for business.


Diversity and inclusion
In 2009 we continued to drive our diversity and inclusion targets. Last year 35% of employees were female, one point up from 2008. Of 60 newly appointed executives 17% were female. Women comprise 10% of executives across the global Philips organization – double the figure of 5% in 2005. We aim to increase that number to 15% by 2012. We are also working to increase the percentage of executives from BRIC-countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). It currently stands at 5%.


Health and safety
In 2009 Lost Workday Injuries cases, occupational injury cases where the injured person is unable to work the day after the injury, decreased a very substantial 34% compared with 2008.

Our partners

We made significant progress in our Supplier Sustainability Involvement Program in 2009.  A record number of 858 audits supplier sustainability audits at risk suppliers were carried out to identify and solve issues, compared to 572 audits in 2008.


These audits included 494 audits focusing on resolving zero-tolerance issues. Most of these were resolved within 90 days of identification. As of 2009 all risk suppliers from acquisitions are included in our supplier audit program, leading to an increased number of non-compliances. Of all non-compliances in 2009, 73% were found in China, which is in proportion to the percentage of audits (72%) undertaken.