Towards a sustainable future

Our approach to sustainability is based on the premise that, through technology and innovation, we can create propositions that have a minimal environmental impact and are made in a responsible way; all while enhancing people's lives and being profitable to businesses.


For almost twenty years, sustainable development has been a pivotal factor in the Philips Design approach. In-depth research into social and environmental contexts means our solutions are genuinely relevant for specific local lifestyles and customs. And our design process is founded on thinking ahead: not just for tomorrow, but also for the next generation, and the one after that, and the one after that.

Design for Empowerment
Back in 2005, Philips Design started the ‘Philanthropy by Design’ program with the vision of extending its philanthropic giving through the donation of creativity.



The program’s aim was to develop meaningful solutions. Solutions that did not aim to generate profit but would, instead, address some of the world’s social and environmental issues, facilitate ‘frugal innovation’ together with NGO partners and further the company’s belief in responsible design. This work is being leveraged even more fully through the Philips Foundation (established in 2014 as a charitable organization in its own right) but started with ground-breaking projects such as the Chulha cooking stove and ‘Trunky’ and ‘Monkey’ child malnutrition measuring straps.

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For a more in-depth look at how we give back through creativity, read about our award-winning Chulha low-smoke stove.