Environmental performance


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. In 1998, we launched our first EcoVision program focused on operations and products. We also started to focus on sustainability in our supply chain in 2003. In 2010 we extended our scope further by including the social dimension of products and solutions, which is now reflected in our renewed company vision stating that 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.

The main elements of the EcoVision program are:

  • Green Product sales
  • Improving people’s lives
  • Green Innovation
  • Green Operations
  • Health & Safety
  • Employee Engagement
  • 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 & Safety, Employee Engagement 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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This is an interactive electronic version of the Philips Annual Report 2012 and also contains certain information in summarized form. The contents of this version are qualified in their entirety by reference to the printed version of the full Philips Annual Report 2012. This printed version is available as a PDF file on this website. Information about: forward-looking statements, third-party market share data, fair value information, IFRS basis of presentation, use of non-GAAP information, statutory financial statements and management report, reclassifications and analysis of 2011 compared to 2010.

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