Looking back and forward


    June 29, 2021


    As we celebrate the fourth anniversary of the Signify Foundation, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the six million lives lit over the years.

    The Signify Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization, primarily funded by Signify. Our mission is to enable underserved communities to access the benefits of sustainable lighting. We aim to support local capacity development, primarily targeting women and the young people. In our four years of operation, we’ve been fortunate enough to help empower people on five continents. What follows are some of the highlights – so join us on an imaginary journey to see some of the 6 million lives we’ve lit. 

    Uganda health centers equipped with solar-powered lighting
    Our first stop is Uganda, where health centers were equipped with solar-powered lighting. Healthcare is needed day and night, and these lights ensure that care is not interrupted, no matter the time of day.
    Healthcare India
    But it’s not only healthcare: moving on to India, the Signify Foundation supported lighting for homes, public spaces, and businesses, using Husk power’s solar micro-grids. Bright minds are just as important as bright lights – this is why, the Signify Foundation provided electrical training programs for talented young girls in Nepal, and supported vocational training for young adults, focused on clean energy in Uganda.
    Electrify and smarten up Zanzibar’s Island populations
    The Signify Foundation also provides tools for growth. Our partners helped to electrify and ‘smarten up’ Zanzibar’s Island populations to support smallholder farmers. Night fishermen in Tanzania exchanged outdated kerosene lamps for bright and efficient solar lanterns. These enable them to conduct business safely and sustainably after the sun goes down. Last, but not least, the Signify Foundation supported Rural Spark, to enable communities from Liberia to the Democratic Republic of Congo to access solar electricity.
    Signify Foundation electrical training programs for talented young girls in Nepal
    If any of these projects piqued your interest, you can read about them in the Signify Foundation’s 2020 Annual report, which includes in-depth descriptions of their interventions, on-the-ground learnings, some facts and figures, and much more.

    About the author:

    Marton Kottmayer

    Marton Kottmayer

    External Communications Intern

    Fanni Kovacs

    Fanni Kovacs

    External Communications Intern

    For further information, please contact:

    Signify Global Integrated Communications
    Neil Pattie
    Tel: + 31 6 15 08 48 17

    About Signify


    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals, consumers and the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. In 2023, we had sales of EUR 6.7 billion, approximately 32,000 employees and a presence in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for seven consecutive years and have achieved the EcoVadis Platinum rating for four consecutive years, placing Signify in the top one percent of companies assessed. News from Signify can be found in the Newsroom, on X, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors is located on the Investor Relations page.

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