Prize recognizes Philips’ innovative approach to engaging its suppliers in structural improvement of their sustainability, resulting in increased transparency of Philips’ supply chain impact.
Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, has been awarded the prestigious Dutch ‘Crystal Prize’, which this year focused on ‘Chain Transparency’. Organized by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in conjunction with the Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants (NBA), the award recognizes Philips for openness about its supply chain responsibility, transparency regarding its own impact, its cooperation with other stakeholders, and evidence of supply chain responsibility in its strategy and sustainability programs.
“As a company committed to improving people’s lives by making the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation, we are crucially aware of our responsibility to achieve sustainability in our supply chain,” said Frans van Houten, CEO Royal Philips. “This is why we work together with our suppliers to not only improve our own operations, but also to focus on advancing social and environmental conditions throughout the value chain. If you want your value chain to be transparent about what they do, the best way is to lead by example.”
The prize, which was awarded to Philips at a ceremony yesterday evening, follows Philips’ recent signing of the Dutch government’s latest Green Deal ‘Sustainable Healthcare for a Healthy Future’ initiative. Earlier this year, Philips was also awarded the prestigious 2018 Supplier Engagement Award by the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) for the company’s Supplier Sustainability Performance (SSP) program. Winning the Crystal Prize therefore represents further evidence of Philips’ leadership in sustainability, with firm commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change built into the company’s long-term strategy for sustainable growth.
To achieve sustainable growth, Philips has an ongoing dual-axis ‘Healthy people, sustainable planet’ program, one axis of which focuses on increasing societal benefit by enabling more healthy people, while the other axis focuses on reducing environmental impact and maintaining the resources of the planet.