From Transactional Compliance to Collaborative Improvement

  • Going beyond compliance: a systematic approach to improving supplier sustainability performance
  • Engaging transparently with NGOs, customers, stakeholders, and C-suite leadership to improve social and environmental performance
  • Discussing our award-winning Sustainability Performance Program
  • Showcasing structural improvements in our organization and our relationship with suppliers

Marco Baren
Head of Supplier Quality, Supplier Development, and Supplier Sustainability
Royal Philips

Marco Baren is the head of supplier development / supplier sustainability and Operational excellence at Royal Philips.

Marco has 25 years of working experience in different markets, from components to automotive, different functions (purchasing/quality/production/plant management) and different regions around the globe. He holds a degree in Physics and Business Administration.

At Philips we are constantly working on improving our performance. As leader in the field of sustainability we are being seen and rewarded for our constant drive to improve people lives. This also means teaming up with suppliers helping them to become more sustainable but also more cost effective. Our strategic process to come to the right topics to deal with, did lead to 5 core programs very future oriented without losing our actual status quo. One of them is our Sustainable Performance program, where we stepped out of our comfort zone (auditing) and are now successfully implementing a new approach based upon joining forces without penalties.