The mission of the new Philips Lighting Foundation: Lighting the way to a better tomorrow


Did you know, still to this day, more than one in seven people worldwide, live without access to electricity? More than half of them are living in rural communities in developing economies. Lighting is a catalyst for equitable development, improving access to healthcare, education and livelihood opportunities.

The Philips Lighting Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with NGOs and underserved communities around the world. By sharing our lighting technology and expertise, we help improve lives, enable community growth and raise awareness of the role of lighting in increasing energy efficiency globally.

The Philips Lighting Foundation funds projects that address the lighting needs in homes, streets and institutions, ensuring that communities remain active and economically viable after sunset.


“Building on our legacy of illuminating lives around the world for over 125 years, Philips Lighting is proud to support the foundation with resources, expertise and knowledge of lighting,” said Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, adding that he encourages employees of Philips Lighting to participate and support the foundation’s activities. “The future of lighting is not just a matter of output, but a matter of unlocking the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world.”

“We will fulfill our mission by supporting the development of a market-driven ecosystem where communities are empowered to light themselves,” said Dr. Shalini Sarin, chair of the Philips Lighting Foundation and senior vice-president HR, CSR and Base of the Pyramid at Philips Lighting.

Our focus

The Philips Lighting Foundation implements projects across the globe, with light being the point of convergence. Our focus is on three key areas:

Lighting lives

Lighting entrepreneurs

Humanitarian lighting

Our projects

As a global lighting leader, we deliver humanitarian and developmental projects across the globe. From illuminating soccer fields for differently abled children in Europe to extending study hours for children in Vietnam, we’re empowering people with light.


Philips Lighting invests in development projects that help underserved communities achieve a better quality of life through light. We partner with organizations in five different continents. Going forward, these projects will be resourced by the Philips Lighting Foundation.

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