Jan 22, 2019

Philips on CDP Climate Change A List for sixth consecutive year

Amsterdam, the NetherlandsRoyal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, has for the sixth consecutive year been placed on the CDP Climate Change A List [1], once again highlighting Philips’ leadership in corporate climate action. CDP is a not-for-profit organization that runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to help manage their environmental impact. The organization assesses a company’s environmental impact disclosure data against a scoring methodology that rates them on a scale of A to D, with A being the highest possible achievement. Based on its 2018 disclosure to CDP, Philips has been recognized for its actions during the last reporting year to reduce emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy.

At Philips we innovate to deliver affordable, outcome-focused health technology solutions so that everyone on the planet can lead a healthy life.

Frans van Houten

CEO of Royal Philips

“At Philips we innovate to deliver affordable, outcome-focused health technology solutions so that everyone on the planet can lead a healthy life,” said Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips. “Yet the reality is that without a healthy planet, there are no truly healthy people. That’s why we are fully committed to doing everything we can to help meet the targets set out in the Paris Agreement. We also see reducing our CO2 emissions as an important prerequisite for sustainable growth, enabling us to be ahead of the curve in offering our customers green products and solutions, which already account for 60% of Philips’ revenue [2].”


To achieve the combined goal of sustainability and growth, Philips has adopted a strategy of decoupling economic growth from greenhouse gas emissions, through initiatives such as renewable electricity purchasing, materials reduction, equipment recycling/repurposing, reduced use of air transport for staff/freight, and EcoDesign, all of which have significantly reduced the company’s CO2 emissions over the last five years. Philips’ future emission reduction targets for the period 2020 – 2040 have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as being in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase below 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures, as described in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) [3], and set out in the Paris Agreement on climate change.


CDP’s scoring methodology assesses companies on the comprehensiveness of their disclosure, their awareness and management of environmental risks, and their demonstration of best practices associated with environmental leadership, such as setting ambitious and meaningful targets.


“Congratulations to all companies that made it onto CDP’s A List this year,” said Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP. “As the severity of environmental risks to business becomes ever more apparent, these are the companies that are positioning themselves to provide solutions, seize new market opportunities and thrive in the transition to a sustainable economy. We need to urgently scale up environmental action at all levels in order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. It’s clear that the business world is an essential player in this transition and the A List companies are set to make a substantial contribution to those goals.”


Information on Philips’ sustainability strategy and its ‘Healthy people, sustainable planet’ program can be found here.


[1]  The Climate Change A List is published by CDP each year, alongside similar lists for leadership on protecting forests and water security. The full list of companies that made this year’s CDP Climate Change A List are available, along with all other public company scores, at The full methodology and criteria for the Climate Change A List are available on CDP’s website at under ‘CDP scoring methodologies 2018’. The 2018 CDP A List includes the CDP Supplier A List, which in previous years was released separately.

[2]  Green Revenues are revenues generated through products and solutions that offer a significant environmental improvement in one or more Green Focal Areas: Energy efficiency, Packaging, Hazardous substances, Weight, Circularity and Lifetime reliability. For healthcare equipment, remote serviceability is another Green Focal Area. The lifecycle approach is used to determine a product’s overall environmental improvement. It calculates the environmental impact of a product over its total life cycle (raw materials, manufacturing, product use and disposal).

[3]  IPCC, 2014: Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report. Contribution of Working Groups I, II and III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Core Writing Team, R.K. Pachauri and L.A. Meyer (eds.)]. IPCC, Geneva, Switzerland, 151 pp.

About CDP

CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Voted number one climate research provider by investors and working with institutional investors with assets of US$87 trillion, we leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. Over 7,000 companies with over 50% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2018. This is in addition to the over 750 cities, states and regions who disclosed, making CDP’s platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is a founding member of the We Mean Business Coalition. Visit or follow us @CDP to find out more.

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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 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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