Royal Philips of the Netherlands is a diversified Health and Well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”.
Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 128,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 27 billion in 2007, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in flat TV, male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare.
Philips is a global leader across its healthcare, lighting and lifestyle portfolio:
We are the world’s largest home healthcare company, being number one in: Monitoring systems, Automated External Defibrillators, Cardiac Ultrasound, Cardiovascular X-ray.
We are number one in lamps in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific and number two in North America; in Automotive lighting, we are leading in Europe, Latin America, Japan and Asia Pacific.
We are number one in the electric shavers and male grooming category globally.
Philips is one of the leading flat-TV brands globally.
Philips simplifies healthcare by focusing on the people in the care cycle – patients and care providers. Through combining human insights and clinical expertise, Philips aim to improve patient outcomes while lowering the burden on the healthcare system. Advanced healthcare solutions are a fundamental part of the portfolio for both healthcare professionals and consumers, to meet the needs of patients in hospitals and at home. Philips Healthcare employs approximately 34,000 people worldwide.
As the world’s leader in Lighting, Philips is driving the switch to energy-efficient solutions. With worldwide electrical lighting accounting for an estimated 19 per cent of all electricity consumed, the use of energy-efficient lighting will significantly reduce energy consumption around the world and thereby cut harmful CO2 emissions. Philips provides advanced energy-efficient solutions for all segments -- road lighting, office & industrial, hospitality, and home -- and has been instrumental in delivering sustainable and environmentally-friendly lighting technologies and initiatives to the marketplace. Philips is also a leader in shaping the future with exciting new lighting applications and platforms such as LED technology, which, besides energy efficiency, provides attractive benefits and endless new ‘never-before-possible’ lighting solutions. Philips Lighting employs approximately 51,000 people worldwide.
Guided by the brand promise of “sense and simplicity” and the consumer insights, Philips Consumer Lifestyle offers rich, new consumer experiences that meet consumers’ desire for relaxation and improving their state of mind. Philips also responds to the consumer's desire for wellness and pleasure by introducing products that meet the individual’s interests in terms of their body and appearance. Philips Consumer Lifestyle employs approximately 18,400 people worldwide.
48,000 registered patents illustrate the innovative nature of the company. Philips currently holds around 35,000 registered trademarks, 56,000 design rights and 3,100 domain names.
Philips has adopted an Open Innovation strategy which leverages the joint innovative power of partnering companies and researchers to bring more innovations to the market effectively and faster.
In 2007, Philips invested EUR 1.6 billion in Research and Development.
Philips is internationally recognized as a global leader in design, receiving a variety of international awards each year. For example:
Sustainability is at the center of Philips’ strategy. Philips is committed to reducing its environmental footprint in all aspects of its business: in the products, manufacturing, procurement, as well as in the communities where the company acts and in the working practices of its employees.
All Philips products go through an EcoDesign process, identifying environmental impact in terms of energy efficiency, hazardous substances, take-back and recycling, weight and lifetime reliability. Philips’ processes on Green Product sales are verified annually by an independent third party and published in the Sustainability Annual Report.
Philips aims to combat global healthcare challenges by focusing on delivering better quality healthcare at lower costs, also in the emerging markets, such as China and India.
Philips also takes a leading position in educational programs, showing its stakeholders that energy efficient solutions are simple, easy and actionable and make economic sense for national and local governments, businesses, schools and individuals.
Frans van Houten
President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Philips
Philips International B.V.
1096 BC Amsterdam
Royal Philips is a publicly listed company in New York stock exchange (NYSE: PHG) and Euronext Amsterdam (AEX: PHI).