Philips Lighting becomes Signify

(Netherlands) – Signify marks the first day under its new company name with the launch of its ‘Light for Better Learning’ campaign.

Signify has today [May 16th] officially launched its new company name, following the amendment of the company’s articles of association, changing its name from Philips Lighting N.V. to Signify N.V.

“The choice of our new company name originates from the way light becomes an intelligent language, which connects and conveys meaning,” said Eric Rondolat, CEO of Signify. “It is a clear expression of our strategic vision and purpose to unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world.”

Signify will continue to use the Philips brand for its products, the most trusted lighting brand in the world, under the existing licensing agreement with Royal Philips. The company expects the name change to be implemented in all the countries where it is active by the beginning of 2019.

Alongside the official announcement of its new name, Signify has revealed that it will light up more than 90 schools worldwide through its ‘Light for Better Learning’ campaign, in celebration of UNESCO’s first International Day of Light.

Through this campaign the Signify Foundation improves learning opportunities for young people in on- and off-grid communities by providing lighting to schools and workshops on energy efficiency and climate change.

Signify has already illuminated schools in China, Indonesia, Uganda and Morocco as part of the campaign and will extend support to more schools around the globe in the coming year.

“On our first day as Signify, we are proud to partner with UNESCO to light up schools around the world,” said Shalini Sarin, Chair of the Board of the Signify Foundation. “Providing sustainable access to light to communities that are underserved by electricity is at the heart of what we do.”

On May 7, 2018, approximately 60 volunteers from Signify Indonesia shared their knowledge on climate change with 10 classes of children aged 6 to 12 of the Bani Saleh 5 Elementary School, in Bekasi, near Jakarta.

“Our students learned a lot about the various aspects of climate change through games, songs and lively discussions with the volunteers,” said Sudirno, Headmaster of Bani Saleh 5. “We had a lot of fun and I want to thank all the volunteers involved. I look forward to continue working with Signify in the future.”