International womens day

Breaking the bias is helping us drive innovation

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias. 

How do we #breakthebias?

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"Let’s not just imagine a world where everyone is given the freedom to reach their full potential and feel valued for who they are and what they bring, let’s make it a reality today. That starts by putting a spotlight on women’s achievements. Women who give their best every day to step-by-step break the bias. Our unsung heroes".
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Deeptha Khana Chief Business Leader Personal Health
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"Having senior leaders from across Philips actively involved in our Inclusion & Diversity strategy and deployment – taking ownership to drive change – will elevate the game. And they are very eager to do so. This important initiative will accelerate progress on our company’s inclusion and diversity efforts and help us build an I&D roadmap for the coming years".
Daniela Seabrook  Global Diversity Council Chair and Philips CHRO
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"Embracing our differences makes us more creative, innovative and effective. That’s how we can best anticipate the needs of our customers, now and in the future – by representing them, in all their diversity, in our own teams".
Shez Partovi Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer
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"The best team leaders are the ones who actively encourage everyone in the team to put forward their thoughts, listen carefully to what they have to
say and then build on collective ideas. It is through collective, diverse and combined ideas that we often garner the best insights. Encouraging diversity and fostering inclusion doesn’t mean one has to be a member of the group to play a powerful role. Each of us has an important role to play."
Roy Jakobs Chief Business Leader Connected Care
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Creating opportunity
March 8th is International Women’s Day (IWD) – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year is about raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. It’s about what women can achieve when stereotypical gender biases are eliminated from society and the workplace. Whether we know it or not, virtually all of us exhibit so-called implicit bias – the qualities or stereotypes that we unconsciously attribute to the people we meet and interact with. If you think you’re not biased, you are wrong. Psychologists tell us that unconscious bias and stereotyping are deeply rooted in our upbringing and the societies in which we live, making most of it beyond our individual control. For example, in many parts of the world there
was, for a long time, an assumption that males make better engineers and females make better nurses. Yet research has shown that it’s simply not true. 
Promoting equality Philips believes that breaking all forms of bias, including gender, is not only good for the well-being of its employees but essential to the future of the company. It is why inclusion and diversity is an important part of the company’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy and reporting. It’s why the company made unconscious bias awareness training the starting point for Philips leaders to create a dialogue across the organization. And it is why employees, who are passionate about inclusion and diversity and passionate about Philips, created Employee Resource Groups with their colleagues to foster and promote equality and inclusion. This ensures a holistic and inclusive approach that makes sure all voices within the company are heard and taken into account.
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A feeling of belonging
At Philips, equality is not just about gender, it’s also about race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, and every other aspect of what makes each of its employees a unique individual. The company also believes that encouraging diversity and fostering inclusion are key to its mission of improving the lives of 2.5 billion people a year by 2030 through meaningful innovation. Because life is better when #youareyou. While diversity is certainly a prerequisite, it is inclusion that takes diversity.