Social Commitment

Our commitment to improving quality of life around the world is in keeping with our heritage and values, as well as our Business Principles, which state: “Philips wishes to be a responsible partner in society…”

By living up to our commitment we can use our capabilities to enhance the lives of our employees and society at large. Inside the company, we encourage teamwork and collaboration in an environment that enables employees to reach their full potential. Building on our rich heritage of embracing social issues, we have established a disciplined approach to continuing our tradition of supporting the communities where we live and work, focusing on energy efficiency and healthcare.

Sustainable lighting

There is a pressing need for innovative lighting solutions for the 1.6 billion people who lack access to the electricity grid and for those who have access that is unreliable. That’s why we developed SMILE (Sustainable Model in Lighting Everywhere).


Launched as a pilot in 2006 in four Indian states, SMILE includes two lighting solutions: UDAY, a rechargeable portable lantern, and KIRAN, a hand-cranked LED flashlight. Today are distributed in eighth Indian states.

The ORET program is one of a number of projects included in the ORET international development initiative and part-funded by Dutch development aid. The initiative is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which seeks to promote economic growth in developing countries in order to promote sustainable development and effective poverty reduction.
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Philips joined forces with KITE, a leading Ghanaian NGO, to ensure a successful take-up of new, low-cost, sustainable solar lighting products for rural people. It is part of SESA (Sustainable Energy Solutions for Africa), a public-private partnership agreement between Philips and the Dutch government. The agreement is designed to provide affordable, appropriate and sustainable energy-saving solutions to ten sub-Saharan African countries by 2015.

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