Our approach is rooted in decades’ experience of finding sustainable solutions

    Healthy people, Sustainable planet

    Healthy people, Sustainable planet

    Philips recognizes the global challenges societies around the world are facing, and takes a dual approach – social and ecological – to the way we operate and innovate as a company.

    Our ‘Healthy people, Sustainable planet’ program, running from 2016-2020, will enable us create value for our customers through sustainable products and services, leading by example in our sustainable operations, and driving sustainability through our supply chain.

    Aligned with the respective SDGs, the ‘Healthy people, Sustainable planet’ program focuses on two streams:

    Our contribution to Health and well-being for all (SDG 3)

    We are committed to enabling financially sustainable care, e.g. by helping to drive value-based healthcare, enhance the patient experience and improve the work life of care providers, as well as extending access to care for the underserved, e.g. by means of locally relevant innovations and the further roll-out of our Community Life Centers.

    Our contribution to Sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12) and Climate action (SDG 13)

    We are committed to the sustainable use of materials, e.g. through our Green portfolio and Circular product and service design, and to the sustainable use of energy by becoming carbon-neutral in our operations, e.g. by reducing emissions and increasing energy efficiency.

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    WWF Living Planet Report

    In developing our approach, we adopted the WWF Living Planet Report. This report looks into the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) as well as the ecological footprint of each nation on this planet.
    WWF Living Planet Report infographic

    inspired by WWF Living Planet Report

    and Global Footprint Network

    The circles in the graph represent the countries of our world, plotted against the HDI on the horizontal axis. The UN Human Development Index is a measure of a country’s achievements based on economic, health and social indicators.

    The vertical axis represents the resources a country consumes per capita. If all countries are to continue developing with the current rate of resource consumption, we will face the challenge of resource scarcity. Our model outlines Earth’s finite amount of natural resources and the need for smarter solutions to meeting human needs.

    As the graph shows, most developed countries have a high ecological footprint (vertical axis) but there is still a large portion of the world’s population who are in need of further development (horizontal axis).

    Our ambitious objectives

    Improve 3 billion lives per year by 2030, and…
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    Access to care for the underserved

    • Improve the lives of 400 million people a year in underserved healthcare communities by 2030
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    Sustainable use of materials

    • Generate 15% of sales from circular products and services by 2020
    • Recycle 90% of operational waste and send zero waste to landfill by 2020
    • Close the loop on all large medical systems equipment that becomes available to us by 2020, and extend circular practices to all medical equipment by 2025
    • Increase Green Revenues to 70% of sales by 2020
    Sustainable use of energy

    Sustainable use of energy

    • Become carbon-neutral in our operations, using 100% renewable electricity, by 2020
    Supplier sustainability

    Supplier sustainability

    • Collaborative approach to drive structural improvements across our extended supply chain

    Healthy ecosystems for healthy lives

    As a company working towards a healthier, more sustainable world, we fully realize how important it is to have healthy ecosystems and a rich biodiversity. We strive to minimize any negative impacts from our activities and actively promote restoration projects.
    Supplier sustainability

    Supplier sustainability

    At Philips, we want to work with suppliers who share our commitment to sustainability.


    We want to make a difference through sustainable supply management and responsible sourcing. This is more than simply managing compliance: it is about working together with our supply partners to have a positive and lasting impact.

    Long-standing commitment to sustainability

    Long-standing commitment to sustainability

    Our heritage in sustainability stretches all the way back to our founding fathers. Since our foundation over 125 years ago, Philips has committed to sustainable business. Early on, we saw the importance of schools, houses as well as sports clubs and training for the benefit of employees and the communities they live in. We have focused on environmental sustainability since the 1970s by continuously looking for ways to improve our operations, products and supply chains. And following the success of our EcoVision sustainability approach in the period 1994 to 2015, we have now taken the next step: further integrating sustainability into our core strategy.

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