Sustainability

We can help create a more sustainable world

We would like to invite you to find out more about our new five year sustainability program running from 2016-2020 ‘Healthy people, sustainable planet.’
We invest in the development of green technologies and products, take action to reduce the ecological footprint of our operations and supply chain, and strive for an injury-free and illness-free work environment. Our commitment to the circular economy mindset is helping us to close the materials loop and transition towards new business models.
Green Products and Green Innovation

The development of new generations of Green Products and Green Technologies is driven by our Green Innovation program.

We drive sustainability in all aspects of product creation through our EcoDesign process. The six green focal areas of EcoDesign enable us to offer our customers Green Products; these are products that can help reduce costs, energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

 

A Green Product is defined as a product that offers an improvement of at least 10% compared with its predecessor or competitor product in at least one of the green focal areas.

58,8%

Green Products

as % of total Q4 2016 sales

€558

million

invested in Green Innovation in 2016
Green Operations

Our Green Operations program focuses on climate change, water, waste recycling and chemical substances

Our main target is to become carbon neutral by 2020. We are minimizing our ecological footprint through energy efficiency measures, green IT and renewable energy. We are also investing in new machinery to reduce our water consumption and waste.

2.5

planets

The world is currently consuming resources at a rate that is over 2.5 times the level the Earth can sustainably support.³
Renewable energy

Clean power for sustainable manufacturing

A wind turbine meets around 70% of the power requirements of our Lightolier manufacturing plant in Fall River, Massachusetts.

 

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Carbon footprint, CDP

World leader for corporate action on climate change

The results of the 2015 CDP Climate Change survey show that Philips is leading the way on both carbon emissions performance and disclosure.

 

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Chemicals management

Applying the precautionary principle to chemicals management

Minimizing – and wherever possible eliminating – the use of hazardous substances in our products and production processes is a cornerstone of our commitment to health, safety and the environment.

 

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Biodiversity

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.

 

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Philips Seattle recycling and re-use
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From landfill to recycling and re-use

From packaging to training, we know that recycling is key to sustainability. By recycling waste from the production process, our operation in Seattle is helping to fuel a circular economy and a more energy-efficient tomorrow.
REACH

Protecting public health and the environment   

We support the aim of the European Union’s REACH legislation to protect human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of certain chemical substances.

 

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Supplier sustainability

We want to work with suppliers who share our commitment to sustainability

REACH

Encouraging positive change in our supply chain  

For years the Democratic Republic of Congo has been plagued by a civil war fueled by money from the mining of so-called ‘conflict minerals’. We have taken action to ensure we are not helping to finance the conflict through the metals present in our products.

 

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Circular Economy

The closed loops of a circular economy

A sustainable world requires a new way of doing business that moves away from the traditional linear economy, with its take-make-break model, towards a holistic, circular economy. A circular economy aims to decouple economic growth from the use of natural resources and ecosystems by using those resources more effectively.

 

Key characteristics of this approach are customer access over ownership, business model innovations, reverse cycles and logistics, innovations for material, component and product re-use, and products designed for disassembly and serviceability.

1 trillion US$

business value

The potential business value that could be unlocked by the transition to a circular economy⁴
Refurbished medical products

Refurbishing medical products to close the materials loop

We aim to make first-rate medical equipment available at a lower cost by offering high quality refurbished, upgraded and tested systems with full warranty.

 

 

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Product recycling services and product stewardship for Healthcare

We are closing the materials loop

Philips has been operating recycling and refurbishment programs for over 25 years. We have an infrastructure in place to recover valuable materials from waste and to harvest components from existing products. These can then be used to create new or refurbished products.

 

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