We are committed to protecting and promoting human rights. Our Code of Ethics advocates the core principles of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the principles anchored in the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Our endorsement of the UN Global Compact means that we also commit to upholding Global Compact principles governing human rights and labour standards. Labour and social standards are also covered by our procurement principles and supplier guidelines.
We hold training courses to familiarise our employees with the Code of Ethics. Suspected instances of non-compliance with our Code of Ethics or our Ethical-legal Principles Procurement perpetrated by Linde employees or suppliers can be reported at any time to our Linde Integrity Line reporting system.
For the first time in 2011, we conducted an assessment on labour and social standards as well as human rights on a globally uniform basis. Our aim here is to determine the extent to which systems ensuring compliance with global standards have been implemented. This global survey contained questions on central labour standards such as those defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The survey covered all countries in which we do business and it revealed that our companies have put processes in place to ensure that social standards are upheld. These include the avoidance of child and forced labour, anti-discrimination and the right to exercise freedom of association and negotiate collective bargaining agreements. A very small percentage of Group employees work in countries where the right to exercise freedom of association and negotiate collective bargaining agreements is limited by national legislation.