The Philips Foundation commits to innovation that improves the lives of children in need with the launch of the UNICEF Global Innovation Center

May 8, 2015

New York, USA – The Philips Foundation has extended its partnership with UNICEF as one of the five founding partners and steering committee member of the UNICEF Global Innovation Center (GIC).  The GIC based in Nairobi, Kenya is designed to build scale and accelerate innovations that will improve children’s lives around the world.  The Philips Foundation will also provide UNICEF’s innovation team with consultation and access to Philips innovation processes and solutions as well as the company’s internal network of researchers and designers to solve challenges. 


“With the Global Innovation Centre and Innovation Fund, UNICEF is building new forms of engagement between businesses and development organizations that bring resources and expertise, to bear on children’s issues,” said Dr. Sharad Sapra, Director of the UNICEF Global Innovation Centre. “UNICEF welcomes the valuable contribution of the founding members of the Global Innovation Centre and Innovation Fund for their willingness to approach partnerships in an innovative way, and for their commitment to improving children’s lives and futures,” he added.


The Philips Foundation is actively engaging in projects around the world that improve people’s lives since it was incorporated as a charitable organization in 2014.  The Foundation will link UNICEF’s Innovation team with support at Royal Philips to maximize the strength of their current projects and realize opportunities to scale technology across countries even faster.  They will meet this week in a workshop led by Philips Design to bring the GIC committee members together in a collaborative environment to explore the many ways in which each member can engage with innovation opportunities to create the most impactful outcomes for children in the near future. 


“Supporting the UNICEF Global Innovation Centre is a natural next-step in our partnership with UNICEF as it allows us to leverage Royal Philips’ technology, innovation know-how and employees in a really meaningful way to bring scale to social innovators in communities around the world in support of children,” said Ronald de Jong, Member of the Executive Committee at Royal Philips and Chairman of the Philips Foundation.  “Innovation as a means to improve people’s lives is at the heart of who we are at Philips and we increasingly seek engagement and co-creation with strong partners like UNICEF.”


It is the second project in the Philips Foundation-UNICEF partnership following the Maker Movement project which supports social entrepreneurs to create, prototype and scale-up, low-cost maternal and newborn child health equipment in Nairobi, Kenya.  The project also leverages the on-ground expertise of employees at the Philips Africa Innovation Hub in Nairobi to mentor social entrepreneurs to support infrastructure

For further information, please contact:

Eeva Raaijmakers
Philips Group Communications
Tel: +31612350597



About Royal Philips:

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2014 sales of EUR 21.4 billion and employs approximately 108,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at


About the Philips Foundation:

The Philips Foundation is a registered charity and has been created to help enable lasting social change in disadvantaged communities through the provision and application of innovation, talent and resources. Together with key partners the International Red Cross and UNICEF, the Philips Foundation seeks to identify the challenges where a combination of Philips expertise and partner experience can be used to create meaningful solutions that impact people’s lives. The Philips Foundation has three main program areas: disaster relief, community development and social entrepreneurship. Programs run throughout the world in Philips country locations will also be supported and channeled through the Philips Foundation. The Philips Foundation’s work supports Royal Philips’ ambition to improve the lives of 3 billion people a year by 2025. 

Registered charity in the Netherlands (ANBI), RSIN number 854184788



UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF visit:  To view UNICEF’s 2014 State of the World’s Children on Innovation, visit: Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


About UNICEF Innovation

UNICEF Innovation is an interdisciplinary team of individuals around the world tasked with identifying, prototyping, and scaling technologies and practices that strengthen UNICEF’s work. Through our network of 12 Innovation Labs and presence in 190 countries, we build and scale innovations that improve children’s lives around the world. For more information about UNICEF’s work in innovation, visit: and Follow us on Twitter.


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