We use key indicators to track our economic, ecological and social performance. We also measure our progress and identify scope for improvement. Wherever possible, we present our performance indicators in this report over a four-year period. For the fourth consecutive year, selected non-financial key performance indicators in this report were independently reviewed and subsequently assured by KPMG Sustainability. We extended the scope of this report’s assurance to include additional environmental and safety indicators. The scope is described under “”. Additionally, indicators covered within the assurance scope are indicated as such in the tables under “Performance”. We also highlight indicators published in the Management Report of The Linde Group’s annual report. We select and publish our non-financial data also in line with internationally recognised standards, including:
- The sustainability reporting guidelines issued by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
- The Greenhouse Gas Protocol published by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
- Recommendations from the European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA), the Responsible Care initiative and the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI)
We collect key indicators for health, safety and the environment with the help of a global database. Our brochure “Corporate Responsibility Accounting. Overview of HSE (Health, Safety, Environment) Indicator Reporting” explains how we define and collect our HSE indicators. We collect our HR indicators in a different Group-wide database. In 2011, we continued to expand this system. We continually evaluate the possibility of including other non-financial indicators in our external reporting. In this year’s report, for instance, we included compliance indicators for the first time. During the period under review, we also added new environment and safety, HR and corporate citizenship indicators to our CR report. Our financial figures are published in the Group financial statements in line with the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS).