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Can ‘The Paris Effect’ Take Companies, Governments Beyond Flagship Initiatives?
Can ‘The Paris Effect’ Take Companies, Governments Beyond Flagship Initiatives?

3 years ago - This Friday, world leaders will convene to sign the Paris Climate Agreement. The international regulatory environment and national policies to curb emissions are reshaping global markets. Decarbonization could define the 21st century economy. But what do these changes mean for businesses?

Vodafone, Philips Partner on IoT Solution That Lights the Way for Smart Cities
Vodafone, Philips Partner on IoT Solution That Lights the Way for Smart Cities

3 years ago - Telecommunications firm Vodafone and Philips Lighting announced a new partnership earlier this month that will focus on smart street lighting systems.

How the World's Best Companies Demonstrate Their Sense of Purpose
How the World's Best Companies Demonstrate Their Sense of Purpose

3 years ago - How do you communicate your company's sense of purpose — what you stand for in simple terms — in a way that is authentic, transparent and honest? Increasingly, the answer for many of the world's biggest companies is to highlight their sustainability work. Why sustainability? Well, sustainability, after all, is rooted in doing business in a transparent and authentic way. And, in today’s always-on, smarter-than-before society, pledging to be a better company just won’t cut it. You have to demonstrate how your company’s purpose is creating a tangibly better experience.

Philips increases sales of Green Products to 54% of total sales
Philips increases sales of Green Products to 54% of total sales

4 years ago - Royal Philips today reported further progress in its sustainability performance in 2015 with Green Product revenue increasing to EUR 13 billion, now representing 54% of total revenue [1]. In 2015, Philips invested EUR 495 million in Green Innovation and reduced its carbon footprint by 7% compared to 2014.

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Industry-Led Roundtable for Product Social Metrics Expanding Into Multi-Stakeholder Group
Industry-Led Roundtable for Product Social Metrics Expanding Into Multi-Stakeholder Group

4 years ago - The Roundtable for Product Social Metrics — a coalition of multinational consumer product companies aimed at developing a comprehensive, consistent methodology for businesses to measure the social impacts of products, launched in 2013 — announced Monday that it is now moving forward as a multi-stakeholder organization, opening its doors to interested companies, industry associations, NGOs, researchers and consultants to join the collaboration.

What Now? How Businesses Are Rallying to Action After COP21
What Now? How Businesses Are Rallying to Action After COP21

4 years ago - As evidenced by the unprecedented private-sector engagement in COP21 earlier this month, businesses globally get that they need to innovate (and improve!) their products, services and business models to combat climate change, resource scarcity and unpredictable futures. Aside from the alignment of 195 nations on a climate-action agreement, what did all the talk at COP21 amount to from a business perspective? A lot of initiatives that push forward change and collaboration. But is it all smoke and mirrors, and toothless pledges, or is there real action brewing?

How WRAP Continues to Help Make the #BusinessCase for a Circular Economy
How WRAP Continues to Help Make the #BusinessCase for a Circular Economy

4 years ago - ‘If you can’t measure, you can’t manage’ - the first and golden rule of corporate improvement, and key to constructing a case for change. For the emerging practice of ‘circular economy,’ which represents a sea-change in the way we manage our physical resources, the quest for sound metrics is crucial – how do we know what good looks like?

COP21: 114 Companies Commit to Set Science-Based Emissions-Reduction Targets, Surpassing Goal
COP21: 114 Companies Commit to Set Science-Based Emissions-Reduction Targets, Surpassing Goal

4 years ago - The Science-Based Targets initiative announced Tuesday that 114 companies have now committed to set emissions-reduction targets in line with what scientists say is necessary to keep global warming below the dangerous threshold of 2 degrees Celsius. The announcement was made at the LPAA Business focus event hosted by Caring for Climate at COP21 in Paris.

How Circularity Indicators, Partnerships Are Accelerating Adoption of Circular Business Models
How Circularity Indicators, Partnerships Are Accelerating Adoption of Circular Business Models

4 years ago - The concept of the circular economy has, at least over the last couple of years, evolved as somewhat of a holy grail for the sustainable business world. It offers the possibility of decoupling growth and resource consumption; a beacon of hope for companies currently grappling with the need to increase profit while reducing their overall footprints. Yet still many view it only as a promising aspect, somewhat confused as to how to transition standard business models from the linear to circular; how to measure these steps along the way, and what an end target might look like. Wednesday morning’s session at SB’15 London aimed to address some of these barriers.

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UK Brands Turning to Co-Creation to Help Unlock Packaging Innovations
UK Brands Turning to Co-Creation to Help Unlock Packaging Innovations

4 years ago - Flicking through various CSR reports, it’s interesting to note how often packaging is highlighted as an area in need of more attention. It’s hardly surprising given the complexity of applying lifecycle thinking to a material that needs to protect the product inside it while also delivering a satisfying consumer experience.

Why a Circular Economy Is Key to Sustainable Development (and Why Business Must Lead the Way)
Why a Circular Economy Is Key to Sustainable Development (and Why Business Must Lead the Way)

4 years ago - This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post, "What's Working: Sustainable Development Goals," in conjunction with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The proposed set of goals will be the subject of discussion at the UN General Assembly meeting on Sept. 25-27, 2015 in New York; they cover 17 key areas of development — including poverty, hunger, health, education, and gender equality, among many others.

Climate Week: Climate Neutral Now, RE100 Initiatives Recruit Fortune 500 Companies
Climate Week: Climate Neutral Now, RE100 Initiatives Recruit Fortune 500 Companies

4 years ago - Two initiatives for reducing businesses’ impacts on the environment have attracted globally recognized brands this week at Climate Week NYC.On Tuesday, the United Nations (UN) announced a new initiative to help businesses and individuals reduce their carbon footprints, Climate Neutral Now. An online platform will facilitate the measurement, reduction, and offset of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Report: Sustainability Innovation Powering Business Growth
Report: Sustainability Innovation Powering Business Growth

4 years ago - Revenues from company-defined portfolios of sustainable products and services grew by 91 percent between 2010 and 2013, according to a new report by The Conference Board, a public interest research association.For S&P Global 100 companies that break out revenue for sustainable products or services separately, that revenue stream grew at six times the rate of overall company results.

From Theory to Practice: Phase 3 of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics
From Theory to Practice: Phase 3 of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics

4 years ago - Back in 2013, PRé and seven frontrunner companies developed a vision to create a standardised and trusted methodology to assess the social impacts of products. Creating such a methodology together would avoid the drawbacks of each company developing its own methodology. Two years later, the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics has reached its third phase.The aim of the product social footprinting methodology was not only to measure and reduce social risks in the supply chain but also to identify improvement opportunities, reduce the social footprint of products and drive innovation.

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Philips, Dell, ASU Discuss How to Fill Existing Gaps in Shift Toward Circular Business Models
Philips, Dell, ASU Discuss How to Fill Existing Gaps in Shift Toward Circular Business Models

4 years ago - This #SB15sd Wednesday afternoon session on the circular economy convened a frank and open discussion about what is working, and what isn’t, when it comes to tweaking existing business ecosystems to accommodate circular models. Panelists compared notes on attempts to create new models, highlighted existing gaps, and discussed their visions for potential solutions.

SB"15 Istanbul Kicks Off Sustainable Brands' "How Now" Theme
SB"15 Istanbul Kicks Off Sustainable Brands' "How Now" Theme

4 years ago - This week, Sustainable Brands’ third annual Istanbul conference brought together global and local brands, thought leaders and NGOs to explore how to make the shift to a sustainable future. Through this year’s theme, ‘How Now,’ the over 500 attendees witnessed over 90 speakers explore and illustrate How brands are tapping into emerging innovation to successfully scale sustainability to the next level Now. Over 500 attendees came together to discuss how now strategies in the face of changing times and changing consumer behaviors, learn from over 90 speakers and participate in 30 breakouts and 3 workshops throughout two days of the event.

Philips Little Hearts Project Started in Gaziantep: Reaching out to 180,000 little hearts in Southeastern Anatolia
Philips Little Hearts Project Started in Gaziantep: Reaching out to 180,000 little hearts in Southeastern Anatolia

4 years ago - 180 thousand children between the ages of six and ten will receive heart scans as part of the Little Hearts Project in nine cities in Southeastern Anatolia. The scans will be conducted in primary schools located in Adıyaman, Batman, Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, Kilis, Mardin, Şanlıurfa, Siirt, and Şırnak

‘Return on Meaning’: Top Meaningful Brands Enjoy 46% Higher Share of Wallet Than Low Performers
‘Return on Meaning’: Top Meaningful Brands Enjoy 46% Higher Share of Wallet Than Low Performers

4 years ago - Meaningful Brands® – Havas Media Group’s metric of brand strength – is the first global study to show how our quality of life and wellbeing connects with brands at both a human and business level. The study includes 1,000 brands, 300,000 people, 12 industries and 34 countries; and covers the role brands play in our communities and our personal wellbeing, as well as marketplace factors that relate to product performance such as quality and price.

Over 40 CEOs Urge World Leaders to Take Concrete Climate Action, Just as G7 Ministers Pledge to Do Just That
Over 40 CEOs Urge World Leaders to Take Concrete Climate Action, Just as G7 Ministers Pledge to Do Just That

4 years ago - On Friday, 43 CEOs from some of the world’s largest corporations signed an open letter urging attendants of the upcoming Paris Climate Summit (November 30th-December 11th) to deliver an ambitious climate change agreement, while pledging to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions. Released almost simultaneously, a report commissioned by the G7 Foreign Ministers also recommended concrete actions that foreign ministers can take to increase the climate-resilience of weak states.

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More Brands Than Ever Encouraging People Across the World to Use #YourPower for Earth Hour
More Brands Than Ever Encouraging People Across the World to Use #YourPower for Earth Hour

4 years ago - 2015 marks the ninth year of Earth Hour, the WWF-led global event at which people and businesses turn off the lights to illuminate climate change awareness. Businesses, communities and individuals in nearly 170 countries will flip their switches for an hour this Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 pm local time.

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