Making an impact on a key global access-to-healthcare issue

Combining the capabilities of Philips' workforce on a shared global healthcare goal

Our strongest asset is the talent of Philips’ employees, and we encourage them to share their skills. The Philips Foundation has helped develop a program focusing the company’s volunteering on a single access to care topic each year. Combining the capabilities of over 80,000 employees on a shared global healthcare goal makes it possible to have real impact.

Fun in fundraising

Amref Africa Classic

Thirteen daredevils committed not only to an epic bike ride of 400 km around Mount Kilimanjaro, but also to raise EUR 5,000 each to support our fight against childhood pneumonia. The team exceeded their goal, raising close to EUR 75,000, which was matched by the Philips Foundation for a total amount of EUR 150,000 going directly to impact projects of 2019 with the aim to fight childhood pneumonia.

“A beautiful experience, in a diverse landscape. We cycled between the giraffes and zebras, greeted many children but also heard a heartbreaking story of a young Masai woman who had been involuntarily circumcised, who is now an ambassador for Amref to save the next generation.”

 

Nanda Huizing

Head of Communications at Philips Benelux

Hands-on volunteering

Philips Forest, a tree-planting initiative

On World Pneumonia Day (November 12), Philips employees literally got their hands dirty and planted more than 1,000 trees near Amsterdam. The Philips Forest initiative aims to promote healthy lives and raise environmental awareness. The mixture of trees and shrubs was specially chosen to provide the best resistance to climate change, drought, diseases and storms – and also to provide a great place for other plants to live in, animals to inhabit, and people to visit. The Philips Forest is an initiative of the Philips Foundation, our Sustainability function and Philips Benelux, and was carried out with the support of the Dutch Forestry Service.

"Wherever we come from, we all share the same Earth that increasingly needs protection. That is why I highly appreciate that we, as Philips employees, have the opportunity to protect it through this wonderful hands-on activity."

 

Manpreet Singh

Security Specialist at Philips Group Security

Brain challenge

Addressing Mongolia's growing healthcare pollution

In 2019, UNICEF and the Philips Experience Design team joined forces to solve one of Mongolia’s biggest health problems: the growing air pollution in the country’s capital Ulaanbaatar. A fantastic example of how a Philips team deployed their expertise to help those most in need. The brief of the Philips Foundation and UNICEF asked for a public outreach campaign aimed at reducing the impact of polluted air in Mongolia’s urban communities. The campaign would raise awareness about the danger of exposure to heavily polluted air and promote ways to reduce its harmful effects.

“An inspiring yet humbling experience to help out people in need on pressing healthcare issues.”

 

Lilian Krikke

Brand Consultant at Philips Experience Design