Latin-American Sustainability

Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger Achieve universal primary education Promote gender equality and empower women Reduce child mortality Improve maternal health Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases Ensure environmental sustainability Develop a global partnership for development

Environmental Responsibility

The idea of global warming has left scientists’ labs, invaded society, and awoken the concern of the world.

There are still many worries and few answers, but no one doubts that it is better to prevent than to fix. One of the best examples of this is the necessity of reducing or ceasing our CO2 emissions, one of the gases responsible for the greenhouse effect. For this to happen we need to change our habits and behavior, which includes our business practices.

That is the reason why we encourage environmental responsibility, both in personal and corporate life, and we have chosen three central challenges: energy efficiency, reducing the use of chemicals in fabrication of our products, and the commitment to develop products that are environmentally friendly and permit future updates (Green Products).

Sustainable development is, for Philips, an imperative—it’s not something interesting to do; it is necessary. For more than three decades, the company has been incorporating environmental responsibility in its product and process development strategies, more and more each year.

Concern for the preservation of the environment is directly linked to the strategic planning of Philips, in which products, processes, and services are revised, planned, and produced with this objective.

Developing products that have the least possible impact on the environment is the base of our principle of sustainable business, be it through decreased weight, use of fewer toxic substances, reduced energy consumption, recycling and disposal of packaging, or through believing that prevention is still the best solution.

As a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Philips knows the challenges that sustainable development represents and how to use proactive attitudes to meet the challenge.

According to the company policy, all factories should obtain the ISO14001 certificate and create environmental management systems. Philips also recommends that all non-industrial units be certified. In Latin America, all industrial units are certified.

Our environmental history::

Participation in the Roma Club Council for the Development of Directives for Environmental Performance
First Environmental Policy

Affiliation with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Environmental Opportunity Program (first four years of the program)

Gold medal from the World Environment Center, as International Corporate Standout in Environmental Awareness, and launch of the first EcoVision program

EcoVision II

Affiliation with the Business Committment to Recycling (Cempre) in Brazil—an non-profit association that works to educate society about the importance of reduction, reuse, and recycling of waste


• EcoVision II
• Affiliation with the Brazilian Buisiness Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS)

EcoVision IV

Suport a precautionary aproach to environmental changes Encourage the development and difusion of environmentally friendly technologies Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility Environment Ensure Environmental Sustainability