Philips Receives Fourth Consecutive VBDO Responsible Supply Chain Management Award

December 15, 2011

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) has, for the fourth time in six years, recognized Philips’ achievements in the area of Responsible Supply Chain Management. Philips is ranked first among the forty largest publicly-listed Dutch companies benchmarked for this award.


This year, Philips received its highest score to date by the VBDO, scoring 56 out of a possible 59 points, equaling a 95% rating.    Over the past five years, Philips’ scores have shown continual improvement, increasing from 62% in 2006 to 93% in 2010.


“We are very pleased to once again receive this recognition from the VBDO,” commented Sonny Kwok, Head of Supplier Sustainability at Philips. “This recognition confirms that the programs we have put into place over the last few years are steadily improving the sustainability and transparency of our supply chain.”


In presenting the award to Philips, Director of the VBDO, Giuseppe van der Helm, commended Philips for its outstanding achievement in receiving the highest score for the fourth consecutive year. In particular, Philips’ transparency and openness in regard to its supply chain sustainability programs were applauded, along with the company’s increased dedication in supporting suppliers in improving their sustainability performance.


Philips is proud of this recognition and intends to further increase supplier collaboration and continue to seamlessly integrate sustainability within the company’s overall strategy.


VBDO Press Release
VBDO Responsible Supply Chain Management Benchmark Report 2011 (PDF) 

For further information, please contact:

Eeva Raaijmakers
Philips Corporate Communications
Tel. + 31 20 59 77427


About the VBDO

The VBDO (Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development) aims at generating a sustainable capital market, a market that does not solely focus on financial aspects but also includes environmental and social factors. VBDO is the only organization in the Netherlands representing the interests of sustainable investors. In their annual benchmarking, the publicly available reporting of large publicly listed Dutch companies is analyzed to assess their supply chain sustainability performance.


The VBDO benchmarking methodology assesses the performance of Dutch publicly listed companies in the field of Supply Chain Sustainability and determines rankings based on indicators such as Governance & Vision, Policy and Management.


About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) 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 over 120,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 22.3 billion in 2010, 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 male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at


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