Philips recognizes the importance of healthy ecosystems and rich biodiversity for our company, our employees, and society as a whole. We aim to minimize any negative impacts and actively promote ecosystem restoration activities including biodiversity restoration projects with social components, sustainable development, poverty relief.
The Philips Biodiversity policy was issued in 2014 and progress was made on biodiversity management, both on sites (e.g. impact measurement), on natural capital valuation and on the management level. Most initiatives were led by the Philips Leaders for Nature (LFN) team, site management, local sustainability organizations worldwide and Group Sustainability in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. We continued our global partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Netherlands Committee and our participation in the IUCN LFN program which brings companies, NGOs and governments together to work on the topic of business and biodiversity. Next, we made intensive use of the internal company-wide social network platform to create and share activities and achievements including training programs.
In 2014 a biodiversity impact assessment was performed for all our industrial sites, using the geo-locations of these sites and the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT). For every industrial site the nearest Key Biodiversity Area or IUCN protected area was determined as well as the distance to such area. After further validation with our industrial site staff, it appeared that only our Glemsford (UK) site is located within a radius of 1 kilometer from such an area, the Glemsford Pits, but has no impact on its biodiversity. The results of our assessment for all industrial sites can be found at www.philips.com/sustainability.
Philips continued in 2014 to work with Trucost and performed an Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) analysis to help identify natural capital dependency “hot spots” and place a financial value on Philips environmental impacts. The environmental impact of Philips itself is limited as the company is not very energy intensive and is not emitting large quantities of high impact substances. The impact of our supply chain however is significantly higher than our own impact. For this reason, we used the identified hot-spots in our supply chain as input for our CDP Supply Chain program. More information on that program can be found at Supplier indicators. In this Annual Report, Philips has also followed the IIRC Integrated Reporting <IR> framework which includes natural capital as a source of value creation. Together with the WBCSD we are further developing the EP&L concept and methodology, including the environmental benefits.