Environmental performance

EcoVision

Philips has a long sustainability history stretching all the way back to our founding fathers. In 1994 we launched our first program and set sustainability targets for our own operations. Next we launched our first EcoVision program in 1998 which focused on the environmental dimension of our operations and products. We also started to focus on sustainability in our supply chain in 2003. We extended our scope further in 2010 by including the social dimension of products and solutions, which is now reflected in our company vision:

We strive to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation. Our goal is to improve the lives of 3 billion people a year by 2025.

Philips publishes every year a full Integrated Annual Report with the highest (reasonable) assurance level on the financial, social and environmental performance. With that overall reasonable assurance level Philips is a frontrunner in this field. KPMG has provided reasonable assurance on whether the information in Sustainability statements, Social performance and Environmental performance presents fairly, in all material respects, the sustainability performance in accordance with the reporting criteria. We refer to Independent Auditor's Assurance Report.

The main elements of the EcoVision program are:

  • Improving people’s lives
  • Green Product sales
  • Green Innovation, including Circular Economy
  • Green Operations
  • Health and Safety
  • Supplier Sustainability

In this Environmental performance section an overview is given of the most important environmental parameters of the program. Improving people’s lives, Health and Safety, and Supplier Sustainability are addressed in the Social performance section. Details of the EcoVision parameters can be found in the Sustainability statements.

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Green Innovation comprise all R&D activities directly contributing to the development of Green Products or Green Technologies.

A circular economy aims to decouple economic growth from the use of natural resources and ecosystems by using those resources more effectively. By definition it is a driver for innovation in the areas of material-, component- and product reuse, as well as new business models such as solutions and services. In a Circular Economy, the more effective use of materials enables to create more value, both by cost savings and by developing new markets or growing existing ones.