Our latest EcoVision program, includes key performance indicators in relation to Green Product sales, Improving people’s lives, Green Innovation, Green Operations, Health & Safety, Employee Engagement and Supplier Sustainability.

Improving people’s lives

At Philips, 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.

Through Philips products and solutions that directly support the curative or preventive side of people’s health, we improved the lives of 670 million people in 2014, driven by our Healthcare sector. Additionally, our well-being products that help people live a healthy life, and our Green Products that contribute to a healthy ecosystem, improved the lives of 290 million and 1.5 billion people respectively. After the elimination of double counts - people touched multiple times - we arrived at 1.9 billion lives. This is an increase of 200 million compared to in 2013.

Examples of products in the ‘well-being’ category that help people live a healthier life are juicers, blenders, air fryers, but also mother and childcare products. Examples of Green Products, products offering a significant environmental improvement in one or more Green Focal Areas, can be found in Green Product sales. Further details on this parameter and the methodology can be found in the document ‘Improving people’s lives’.

The circular economy program

The circular economy program in Philips has been running for its second year in 2014 and consists of four strategic pillars:

  • Connect to stakeholders outside Philips
  • Internal employee engagement
  • Create proof points and metrics
  • Embed circular economy in Philips processes
  • Philips takes advantage of the global partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation which includes the CE100 events and education. But also partnerships with Circle Economy Netherlands, Turntoo, World Economic Forum and The Guardian support Philips to take a leading position in driving circular thinking. For example, the opening of the Philips Healthcare Refurbishment factory was followed by a panel discussion on circular economy with Philips, IBM, Ricoh and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
  • Through internal events, presentations, brochures, internal communications, social media, etc. Philips’ employees are inspired and stimulated to start or become involved in circular economy projects. For example, during the Philips Innovation Experience the circular economy framework was explained in detail and demonstrated.
  • In many Philips business groups circular economy projects have started. These are either linked to customer access over ownership (pay for performance), business model innovations (from transactions to relationships via service and solution models) or reverse cycles (remanufacturing, refurbishment and parts harvesting). To measure progress, a circular economy scorecard has been developed. For example, various Light-as-a-Service projects have started in different areas of the world like in Washington DC with lighting in parking garages of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
  • As the circular economy touches many different business areas (strategy, design, business development, marketing, finance, etc.) it is important to have the right processes and procedures developed and embedded throughout the company. This is done as part of the development of the Philips Excellence Process Framework.

More information can be found on the circular economy website.

Operational carbon footprint and energy efficiency - 2014 details

Our operational carbon footprint in 2014 amounted to 1,375 kilotonnes CO2-equivalent, a reduction of 36% compared to our 2007 baseline and close to our 40% reduction target for 2015. The 2014 results can be attributed to several factors:

  • Accounting for 35% of the total footprint, total CO2 emissions from manufacturing decreased due to operational changes and decreased energy usage, due to lower load, with an increased share coming from renewable sources. The decrease was in part offset by new acquisitions reporting for the first time.
  • CO2 emissions from non-industrial operations (offices, warehouses, etc.) represent 9% of the total. The overall floor space in our real estate portfolio increased by 2%. As a result, emissions increased slightly compared to 2013. In 2015 we will continue to focus on the most efficient use of facility space and increase the share of purchased electricity from renewable sources.
  • The total CO2 emissions related to business travel, accounting for 17% of our carbon footprint remained stable compared to 2013. This is mainly attributable to the success of our Green Lease Car policy, as emissions from lease cars decreased by 7%. This mitigated the increase of 5% in our air travel emissions.
  • Overall CO2 emissions from logistics, representing 39% of the total, decreased slightly by 1% compared to 2013. We recorded an increase of emissions coming from air and parcel freight. However, reduced emissions from road and ocean freight resulted in a downward change for logistics as a total. Due to operational changes, data availability for our road freight activities of Consumer Lifestyle and Healthcare in the APAC region was limited. Therefore, this year we have had to estimate emissions based on revenue trend. During 2015 we will find a suitable solution to ensure data availability.
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Operational carbon footprint for logistics in kilotonnes CO2-equivalent
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Green Innovation comprise all R&D activities directly contributing to the development of Green Products or Green Technologies.

Green Products offer a significant environmental improvement in one or more Green Focal Areas: Energy efficiency, Packaging, Hazardous substances, Weight, Recycling and disposal and Lifetime reliability. The life cycle approach is used to determine a product’s overall environmental improvement. It calculates the environmental impact of a product over its total life cycle (raw materials, manufacturing, product use and disposal).

Green Products need to prove leadership in at least one Green Focal Area compared to industry standards, which is defined by a sector specific peer group. This is done either by outperforming reference products (which can be a competitor or predecessor product in the particular product family) by at least 10%, outperforming product specific eco-requirements or by being awarded with a recognized eco-performance label. Because of different product portfolios, sectors have specified additional criteria for Green Products, including product specific minimum requirements where relevant.

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.

A carbon footprint is the total set of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organization, event, product or person; usually expressed in kilotonnes CO2-equivalent. The Philips operational carbon footprint is calculated on a half-year basis and includes industrial sites (manufacturing and assembly sites), non-industrial sites (offices, warehouses, IT centers and R&D facilities), business travel (lease and rental cars and airplane travel) and logistics (air, sea and road transport).

CO2-equivalent or carbon dioxide equivalent is a quantity that describes, for a given mixture and amount of greenhouse gas, the amount of CO2 that would have the same global warming potential (GWP), when measured over a specified timescale (generally 100 years).