Our journey towards a healthier and more sustainable world
Our current approach is rooted in decades of activities and experience in finding sustainable solutions. Today, we drive sustainable innovation by considering both the needs of people and the ecological capacity of the planet.
1900 - 1965
1900 Various Philips Health Insurance Arrangements
1920 Start of Philips Housing Program
1961 Switch to 5 day working week in Philips
1965 - 2000
Trend in this period:
Club of Rome
1970 Supporting the Club of Rome
Philips supercomputers calculated the future scenario’s of the Club of Rome. The Club of Rome is a global think tank driven by a common concern for the future of humanity.
1971 Philips Corporate Environmental function established
1994 First ‘all aspects’ action Program:
Improving on energy and water consumption, waste recycling and emissions of hazardous substances in our operations.
1998 Launch of first Philips EcoVision program
Scope expanded from operations only to include environmental performance of our products.
Accelerating in sustainability
Trends in this period:
Millenium Development Goals launched
Al Gore’s “An inconvenient truth”
2003 Extending the scope of the Philips Sustainability program to our supply chain
2008 Philips joined Leaders for Nature
Focusing on biodiversity and ecosystems as part of wider sustainability and business policies.
2009 Launch of Simply Healthy @ Schools:
Philips’ global community program, helping underprivileged school children live healthier lives.
2010 Philips ranked third in Greenpeace’s ‘Guide to Greener Electronics'
2011 - Super Sector Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
Philips was elected best in the category personal and household goods.
2012 - Including the social dimension in our products
This resulted in a new company vision, stating that we innovate for a healthier and more sustainable world.
2013 Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
This foundation aims to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.
Our future ...
For a sustainable world, the transition from a linear to a circular economy is a necessary boundary condition. A circular economy requires innovation in the areas of material, component and product reuse, as well as related business models. By using materials more effectively, economic growth will eventually be decoupled from the use of natural resources and ecosystems. In such an economy, the lower use of raw materials allows us to create more value.