• Connected lighting for smart and livable cities


    A century ago, less than 10% of the world’s population lived in cities. By the start of the 21st century, this figure had risen to over 50%, and by 2050 over two thirds of us will be living in cities.

    At the same time, we are witnessing unprecedented urbanization and the rapid expansion of the middle class in emerging economies. This has heightened concerns about the secure, reliable supply of affordable energy, environmental impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions, climate change and loss of biodiversity, and shortages of materials, food and water. As a result, resource efficiency is fast moving up the agendas of both the private and public sectors. Corporations and governments alike are having to develop strategies for a world in which natural resources and energy are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive.

  • How the private sector can drive developmental growth


    For a company like Philips, innovation isn’t simply defined by the products we create, distribute and constantly adapt to make them even more meaningful and sustainable. Innovation is also at the heart of our business model. And not only so that we can stay one step ahead of our competitors in this digitally-fuelled, increasingly agile world, but so that we can also fulfil our bold mission of directly improving the lives of three billion people a year by 2025. 

  • Three trends that will create Radiology without Borders


    The theme of the 2015 European Congress of Radiology (ECR) is “Radiology without Borders”; a reference to the reality that while countries have strikingly different healthcare profiles – they share many of the same challenges and opportunities.

    From Belfast to Budapest and well beyond, health systems are struggling with high pressure on costs, the demand for more care, and the smart use of data. Today, radiology is at the forefront of fast-changing technologies that offer a continued stream of major clinical advances, better patient experiences, and improved economic value for institutions that can address these challenges and transform care across the enterprise… and beyond.

  • New kinds of partnerships to change the world


    One of the most profound philosophies we carry at Philips is that, for our work to be truly meaningful, we need to make a difference to people’s lives. Success cannot simply be measured in numbers, personal achievements or headlines but in lightening the burdens on others, to make the world a better place.

    These core beliefs are epitomized by an innovative, not-for-profit project taking place in Africa, one of the first in what will be a series of initiatives that will transform the lives of the world’s most isolated, deprived and fragile communities.

  • Hacking for a healthier future


    It’s no secret that your doctors’ visits of today will be radically different than the doctors’ visits you’ll experience tomorrow. Consumer health trackers, mobile health apps and cloud-based data portals are giving consumers, patients and caregivers access to large amounts of data – but how can this data become valuable and actionable? 

    We are looking at islands of data from a clinical perspective, with EMRs (electronic medical records), consumer sensor data and environmental data. People are overwhelmed by the mountains of data that is available to them. Connecting all of this data will provide more frequent interactions between patient and physician, and also allow for consumers to take a more active role in managing his or her own health – and we’ve seen many technology companies start to jump into this space. 

  • Talking strategy and performance


    CEO Frans van Houten looks back on a challenging 2014 and the advances made in driving value for our customers and other stakeholders, as well as looking ahead to an exciting future.

  • How circular thinking could improve people's lives

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    Boldness of action has never been more crucial to the health of the planet and the billions who live on it. Changes we make at Philips today will be felt by generations to come.

    Typically, innovation will be central to tackling complex issues such as ageing populations, middle class expansion in emerging markets, and new lifestyle trends causing health issues such as obesity and heart disease.

    Innovation, however, cannot simply be measured in terms of high-tech products that steer us through such dilemmas - it is about the fundamental principles that business is built upon.

  • Lighting up their lives


    Modern society has a worrying tendency to take our most precious resources for granted. Water, fossil fuels, marine, plant and animal life, the environment as a whole. It’s not until we come close to losing such things that we truly appreciate their worth and the essential roles they play in our lives.

    The same is true of light. In between the sun rising and setting, it illuminates a vast canvas in which we pursue our goals and interact with each other. But sometimes, because of geographical peculiarities, natural light is severely curtailed, restricting the way businesses can operate, children can play and society can function.

    One such place is Uppsala, a beautiful city on the eastern coast of Sweden, a 40-minute train journey from Stockholm. However, it is so far north that, during winter months there is often less than six hours of sunlight each day. School children and commuters leave and return home in darkness, experiencing a deprivation of light that affects moods, motivation to work and physical health.

  • Driving sustainable progress in a connected world

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    The increasing connectivity in today’s world has created an environment rich with opportunities for innovation. Indeed, with the Internet of Things poised to revolutionize the way we live and work, considerable benefits are set to be unlocked for consumers and businesses over the coming decade.

    However, in a world where growing resource constraints are heightening concerns over access to a secure and reliable supply of affordable energy, it is clear that this era of connectivity must equally be exploited for another purpose: to drive progress in global energy efficiency.

    Despite global energy efficiency improving by between 1 and 1.5 per cent annually, demand for energy around the world continues to grow by 3.5 per cent on the same yearly basis. It is crucial that we move to close this gap and, by exploiting the connectivity between sustainable products in order to maximize their energy-saving potential.

  • In the International Year of Light, we can end light poverty


    We are a ferociously adroit species. We recently landed a spacecraft on the surface of a comet. Self-driving cars are on the roads. We’ll soon be able to print human organs. Yet despite all our ingenuity we still live in a world where 1.3 billion people lack access to electric light. That’s 20% of the population.

    Like food and water, light is a basic necessity that no human being should live without. The time for the world to recognize this is well overdue. It’s time to end light poverty.

    We depend on artificial light. Without it, hospitals aren’t able to treat people, pupils cannot study and shops cannot do business. Without it, we cannot move safely at night. Without it, community life is stifled by the sunset.

    Communities without electricity put themselves at serious risk by having to rely on candles and kerosene lamps. 1.5 million people die every year due to fire or respiratory illness because they are forced to rely on kerosene lamps. This is unacceptable, particularly as we already have the solution. We already have the technology that can end light poverty: solar powered LED lighting.