Interview Of The Week

Interview Of The Week: Robert Metzke, Royal Philips

Who:  Robert Metzke is Global Head of Sustainability at Royal Philips. His responsibilities include driving the company strategy towards innovative, sustainable business models aimed at making healthcare accessible and affordable worldwide with energy efficient and circular solutions.

Topic: How Philips is embedding sustainability thinking across all divisions of the company and working to decarbonize its supply chain.

Quote: “We recently became the first health technology company to have its entire value chain CO₂ emissions reduction targets (Scope 1-3) approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. We are sharing our own learnings with our global supply base, working with them to get at least 50% of our suppliers to also adopt science-based targets by 2025. This will make our supply chain one of the most carbon-efficient supply chains in the world.” 

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.