Nov 28, 2018

Philips CEO speaks at the ‘International Conference on the Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity’ about balancing short-term business and long-term societal goals

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, will speak at the International Conference on the Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity (Rotterdam, November 29 - 30). Co-hosted by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the event brings together leaders from the worlds of business, government, NGOs and academia to discuss the transition towards more responsive and responsible leadership.


The conference will pay particular attention to the Compact for Responsive and Responsible Leadership – an initiative started in 2016, with Philips as a founding signatory, that aims to create a corporate governance framework with a focus on the long-term sustainability of corporations and the long-term goals of society. In his speech, Mr. Van Houten will pose the question whether business ‘has what it takes’ to balance long-term sustainability and societal goals against short-term business objectives, and provide a Philips perspective on the necessary business transformation and governance.

At Philips we have a ‘North Star’ approach – a fixed and guiding mission to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation.

Frans van Houten

CEO at Royal Philips

“Companies only exist by the grace of their customers, so today’s CEOs must weigh the need for competitive performance against their company’s reputation as a trustworthy player and lasting relevance to society,” said Frans van Houten. “Achieving that balance requires a long-term strategy and the leadership to put purpose before short-term gain. We need to jointly develop a governance framework that better supports companies in being able to demonstrate their sustainability and societal benefit. At Philips we have a ‘North Star’ approach – a fixed and guiding mission to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation.”
In a panel discussion titled ‘Dilemmas and Opportunities for Inclusive Prosperity’, which will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Jan Peter Balkenende, Professor of Governance, Institutions and Internationalization at Erasmus University Rotterdam and former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mr. van Houten will discuss the need for a 360-degree approach that integrates financial performance metrics with diversity, business ethics, environmental concerns and risk management into a long-term corporate governance model.

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips' health technology portfolio generated 2017 sales of EUR 17.8 billion and employs approximately 77,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at

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