- Strategic Partner of the World Economic Forum
- The Philips Center for Health and Well-being
- Partnering to improve healthcare in Africa
In organizing ourselves around customers and markets, we create dialogues with our stakeholders in order to explore common grounds in addressing societal challenges, build partnerships and jointly develop supporting ecosystems for our innovations. Working with partners is crucial in delivering on our vision to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation. An overview of stakeholders is provided in Sustainability statements.
Strategic Partner of the World Economic Forum
In 2013, Philips entered into a strategic partnership with the World Economic Forum. The Forum’s mission of ‘Improving the state of the world’ closely matches our own and the Forum engages business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas in an informal, action focused way.
During the first year of our partnership, Philips contributed significantly to the Forum’s agenda, with active participation in three industry groups, numerous speaking roles at the various meetings and a co-chairmanship of Frans van Houten at the World Economic Forum on Africa summit in Cape Town. Furthermore, Deborah DiSanzo, CEO Healthcare, has accepted to chair a thought leadership initiative that will explore Health Systems Leapfrogging in Emerging Markets.
The Philips Center for Health and Well-being
Over the last 5 years, Philips has run The Philips Center for Health and Well-being as a knowledge-sharing forum that raised the level of dialogue on key societal questions that matter most to citizens and communities. In 2013, the Aging Well think tank, one of the initiatives of the Center, actively participated in a number of events, such as the Aging in America conference of the American Society on Aging, the International Congress on Telehealth and Telecare of the King’s Fund in the UK, and a well-attended expert roundtable to explore next-generation technologies for aging well. As of 2014, the activities of the Center will be merged with our other stakeholder engagement platforms and initiatives across the businesses and markets.
Partnering to improve healthcare in Africa
In November 2013, Philips and AMREF Flying Doctors announced that they will work together in a partnership to structurally improve healthcare infrastructure and provision in Africa. Both parties will leverage their respective strengths to help tackle inadequately equipped medical facilities and inadequately trained staff as a way to better address the growing incidence of non-communicable diseases across the continent. AMREF and Philips will also work with local stakeholders to develop and implement large-scale projects to make healthcare more accessible to the local population.
We sought similar partnerships in our ‘Fabric of Africa’ campaign launched in 2013. The campaign’s primary intent is to enter into public/private partnerships with local and international stakeholders to improve healthcare delivery in the areas of non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, healthcare infrastructure, technology and clinical training. Philips has developed innovative, low-resource setting health technologies and e-Health solutions to address the challenges in the African market. More information on this campaign can be found at www.philips.com/FabricofAfrica.
Working on global issues
In 2013, Philips participated in a number of international conferences and events focused on sustainable development and climate change. These included the Climate Week in New York City (organized by The Climate Group), co-launching the ‘Cities & Aging’ policy snapshot with the Global Cities Indicator Facility in Toronto, as well as the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland. Most notably we were invited as the only private sector company to join the UN Secretary General’s Chief Executives Board, with Ban Ki Moon and part of his UN leadership team. Here we highlighted that energy efficient and intelligent LED solutions will result in a 30% reduction of electricity consumption by the global lighting market in 2020 compared to 2006. This equates to a reduction of 515 megaton CO2 emissions, while also significantly reducing energy bills by around EUR 100 billion in 2020.
In November, Philips Research organized an Innovation Event at the High Tech Campus with external guest speakers, to share best practices, share Philips corporate ambition for more sustainable product solutions; initiate new innovative concepts to radically improve access to healthcare; new products that decrease food waste and help meet world food security goals; and to identify new approaches to the circular economy, focusing on concepts such as “design for reuse” and improved recycling efficiency. We believe these global challenges can only be addressed through Open Innovation and regional partnerships with all stakeholders involved. We collaborate with academics, universities through direct partnerships, Open Innovation initiatives and government driven initiatives, like FP7 and Horizon 2020, two European Union research programs.