Marcel Jacobs

Director, Supplier Sustainability, Philips

In his current role as director, supplier sustainability he is working within Royal Philips’ Group Procurement. Next to development of an innovative and leading Sustainable Sourcing strategy 2020, he is managing specific programs like Supplier Sustainability Performance (‘beyond audits’), Circular Procurement, Due Diligence and stakeholder engagement. Through a ground-breaking approach Royal Philips aims to increase transparency, higher levels of supplier engagement in order to achieve structural impact in its value chain. Between 2007 and the end of 2013 he worked at Office Depot Europe in the role of Sr. Manager Sustainability Europe. In this role, he created various tools for example a supply chain risk model based on environmental and social/ethical aspects to support procurement and supply chain identifying hotspots as well as opportunities beyond tier one suppliers. Another example was a green product identification and reporting tool that supported sales and marketing to increase value add and increase transparency towards customers on identifying green office products. Since 2002 he is active in the sustainability arena, started as sustainability officer within Philips Lighting being responsible for sustainable sourcing and eco-design.