We have defined focus areas for our social engagement programmes. We select our projects based on the following key criteria:
- Compliance with the social engagement focus areas we have defined
- Alignment with our core business
- Proximity to our sites
- Focus on sustainability
- Possibility to actively involve employees
By the end of 2011, over 7,800 students had availed of the courses on offer at the Carl von Linde Academy.
For us, promoting science, research and education is an investment in the future. We support innovative research projects and engineering training opportunities as well as initiatives for children with limited educational prospects. We sponsor the Carl von Linde Academy at the Technical University of Munich with an endowment of over EUR 8 million. The Academy gives future engineers, natural scientists and computer scientists a grounding in areas that extend far beyond pure technical knowledge. Sustainability and business ethics, for example, are just two of the key topics on the curriculum. By the end of 2011, over 7,800 students had availed of the courses on offer at the Carl von Linde Academy.
In 2011, Linde employees again played an active role in numerous regions as educators from the world of industry, acting as science ambassadors in Korea, for example, and visiting schools in the UK and North America. As of 2012, we contribute to scholarships awarded to talented students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds in Munich. As one of the founding members of the Future Initiative programme at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, we are supporting the renovation and modernisation of the world's largest science and technology museum with a total donation of EUR 5 million between now and 2018.
Environmental protection is a top priority in the Southeast Asia region. In India, Bangladesh and the Philippines, Linde employees planted around 20,000 trees.
We are involved in environmental projects at many sites around the globe. The “Where There’s Water” environmental programme in New Zealand was instigated by Linde employees, for instance. The HELP program in Southeast Asia also focused on environmental protection in 2011. In India, Bangladesh and the Philippines, Linde employees planted around 20,000 trees as part of this project.
Committed to road safety in Australia and New Zealand, we helped to found the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness programme. This initiative provides practical training for young people who are preparing to take their driving test. Thus far, over 230,000 students have completed the course.
We are also a founding member of the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness programme in Australia and New Zealand, underscoring our exemplary role in safety. The programme provides practical training for young people preparing to take their driving test. Over 230,000 students have participated thus far. In 2012, our GIST Division is launching a new road safety project that will see truck drivers taking their vehicles to schools and talking to children about road safety issues. In Bangladesh, we provide safety training courses for public transport drivers in the capital Dhaka.
We are also involved in a number of healthcare initiatives. In Australia, for example, we cooperate with Redkite, a national charity that provides practical and financial assistance for children with cancer and their families. The Linde Healthcare REALfund supports innovative research projects focused on the applications of medical gases. In 2011, four grantees, selected from over 30 applications, received a total of EUR 300,000 in funding.