Implementing circular economy in reverse logistics – Philips Personal Health



Company Name / Department

Philips Personal Health

Contact Person

Josse Ruiter, Hans Leijen

Location Eindhoven
Optional remote work Hybrid, partly office, partly remote
Travel expenses (own account or reimbursed by the company) No, unless meeting specific conditions
Housing arranged by company No
Housing expenses (how much per month, own account or subsidized by the company) No, unless meeting specific conditions
Internship compensation  €700 gross per month
Study program


ESCF community

Data2Move / LINCIT

Start date

September, 2024



Company Description 

Project Description

Project description:

Circular economy is one of the key pillars of Philips’ sustainability program and transformation strategy. Philips’ 2025 ESG commitments include ambitious circular economy targets, such as increasing its circular economy revenue to 25% of sales and designing all new products in line with Philips EcoDesign principles. In 2023, sales of products and services that contribute to circular economy accounted for 20% of sales. To meet the ambition going forward, the Philips supply chain needs to facilitate reverse logistics. Capturing returned products and resell them as refurbished is one of the key contributors to circular economy in Personal Health. A new ecosystem with partnerships to support this is taking shape. Philips is growing and developing supply chain models to support the global scaling of this ecosystem that includes maintenance, repair, refurbishment, harvesting and recycling. This master assignment aims to deliver supply chain models to support this ambition to transit to a circular ecosystem and the logistic and operational processes to support this. Decisions need to be made on footprint (local 4 local vs global activities), keeping in mind i.e. transport cost (financial and environmental), VAT limitations, (local) regulations, required investments for implementation and product specific limitations. Part of the assignment is competitor research in the consumer electronics industry, and benchmarking these.

Goals of the project:

By interviewing stakeholders inside and outside Philips and combining this with quantitative analysis of the available data and making integral trade offs, you will make recommendations that will help Philips to bringing the circular ambition to the next level.


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