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Brighter Lives,

Better World

A time of growth and challenge


Our world is changing. Population growth, resource challenges and digitalization require immediate action in order to meet the needs of our customers and planet. The world needs more light, more energy efficient light, and more connected digital light. The demand for lighting will grow dramatically in the years ahead as the global population heads toward 10 billion by 2050, with two-thirds of the world’s population living in cities. This, coupled with increasing wealth, especially in emerging markets, will mean a surge in demand for lighting. Currently, there are approximately 50 billion light points globally – this is expected to grow to over 59 billion by 2030.

Philips Lighting's sustainability vision 2020 - Brighter Lives, Better World

Creating brighter lives in a better world


Philips Lighting is the global leader in connected LED products, systems and services. We deliver the right light; light which provides energy and resource savings and increases people’s comfort, productivity, and safety. We are the largest lighting company in the world, offering solutions across the value chain, including software, controls, luminaires, light sources and modules. Philips Lighting is uniquely positioned to take a leading role in bringing more and better light to the world and help provide a more sustainable future.

Sustainable revenues


By 2020, sustainable products, systems and services will contribute 80% of our revenues.


Philips Lighting is accelerating the shift to energy efficient lighting. Currently lighting accounts for 15% of the world’s electricity demand. A global transition to LED technology will bring energy savings of 53% by 2030. We are reducing the global energy demand with our commitment to deliver more than 2 billion LED lamps by 2020. The Internet of Things is further accelerating this reduction – Philips Lighting’s connected systems with wireless controls can reduce our customers’ energy use by up to 80%.

We are driving the transition to a circular economy by providing “Light as a Service” and closing the materials loop through “Circular Lighting”. Customers benefit from leading edge lighting technology. They pay only for operating expense, avoiding capital expenditure. Through circular design, upgradability, reuse and recycling, and operational energy management, Philips Lighting ensures the lowest environmental footprint for our customers. 
Philips Lighting is the leader in providing light which benefits people’s wellbeing, comfort, productivity, and safety. Human Centric Lighting enables people to see better, feel better, and function better. Philips Lighting has a deep understanding of how the visual, biological and emotional effects of light can be used to benefit human health and well-being. People need the right light for our activities - at the right place, at the right time - in settings such as offices, schools, hospitals, or the home. Further, the right light can help create a greater level of safety in cities or industrial settings.

Sustainable operations

In 2020, Philips Lighting will be a carbon neutral company. To achieve this, we are becoming more energy efficient in our own manufacturing sites, non-industrial sites, logistics and business travel and we are shifting to 100% renewable electricity by 2020. Already we have increased our use of renewable electricity to 58% and reduced our carbon footprint by 42% compared to 2007. By 2020, we will compensate any remaining carbon emissions that cannot be avoided through selected projects to completely mitigate our climate change impact. 
We aim to sending zero waste to landfill. Already 24% of our operational sites do not send waste to landfill and we recycle 83% of our manufacturing waste. We will strengthen our recycling efforts to reduce general waste, canteen waste, and office waste. This requires engaging with employees and finding the right partners to help realize this ambition.
The health and safety of our employees is a top priority. We strive for an injury-free, illness-free work environment. We have already decreased our total recordable case rate to a level of 0.7 and intend to reduce this further. We will do this by engaging all employees through our injury prevention program. We will integrate injury prevention in our Lean operating process, including: near miss reporting, at-risk workplace condition identification, and behavior observations.
We work across our supply chain, engaging suppliers and sharing our knowledge on environmental and social responsibility. In risk countries, we conduct audits and provide training to empower our suppliers to become more sustainable in  their own operations. Also, our suppliers need to deliver components which comply with our Regulated Substances List. We work with our suppliers to ensure that the minerals used in our products do not originate from sources that contribute to conflict. We also engage with suppliers through the CDP supply chain program to help them to reduce their carbon footprint.