United Nations Global Compact

In line with our commitment to the UN Global Compact, we publish a Communication on Progress (COP) each year that outlines how we incorporate the principles of Global Compact in our business activities. This COP is part of our Corporate Responsibility Report. We use the Global Compact logo to highlight any content relevant to the UN Global Compact (UNGC). The GRI Index also links to this content.

The Global Compact (graphic)

This year, for the first time, we are reporting our activities in line with the “GC Advanced” level – the highest standard for corporate sustainability performance and disclosure. To meet these COP reporting requirements, during the year we provided information on 24 UN GC criteria. This information is available on the UN Global Compact website.

The following table provides an overview of the commitments, standards and management systems that we use to incorporate the principles of Global Compact in our business processes. In the text boxes under each field of action, we report on the progress we have made in that area during the year under review.

Global Compact




Human rights





Principle 1:
Support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights


Principle 2:
Make sure that the company is not complicit in human rights abuses

Implementation at Linde


Our Code of Ethics is binding for all employees. In it, we commit to protecting and promoting human rights and the core principles of the United Nations international charter on human rights.


Our global Ethical-Legal Principles Procurement align with the principles anchored in the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Our global SHEQ Policy (Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Policy) defines how we protect the health and safety of our employees. We also include contractors and other business partners in our occupational health and product safety management programme.


The primary aim of our compliance programme is to prevent misconduct and identify possible compliance violations. Suspected abuses can be reported to our Integrity Line.




> More on labour and social standard


> More on supply chain management




Labour standards





Principle 3:
Uphold freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining


Principle 4:
Eliminate all forms of forced labour


Principle 5:
Abolish child labour


Principle 6:
Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation

Implementation at Linde


In our Code of Ethics, we commit to protecting and promoting human rights. This includes the prohibition of discrimination, harassment, slavery and servitude as well as upholding the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, and the right to fair remuneration.


Our global Ethical-Legal Principles Procurement address the issues of forced and child labour, the guaranteed availability of communication channels and negotiation structures between employers and employees as well as the right to equal opportunities and fair treatment.


Our diversity management programme also aims to prohibit discrimination and actively promote equal opportunities.


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.




> More on Linde as an employer


> More on our survey of processes to ensure compliance with human rights and social standards




Environmental protection





Principle 7:
Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges


Principle 8:
Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility


Principle 9:
Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies

Implementation at Linde


Our commitment to protecting the environment is outlined in our binding Code of Ethics. Our global SHEQ Policy details the implementation of these targets.


Our environmental management system, our risk management system and product safety programme are geared toward minimising the environmental impact of our processes and products. This includes preventative measures such as risk analyses and certifications at our locations in line with international standards as well as monitoring instruments such as audits.


Raising employee awareness of environmental and safety issues is also an important factor, and one which we address through various channels, including training initiatives.


We are helping to tackle major ecological challenges of our time through our energy and environmental technologies. Our comprehensive technology portfolio helps reduce the current environmental impact of fossil fuels and cut CO2 emissions. We are also driving the development of alternative fuels and renewable energy sources. Furthermore, our gases are used to improve the quality of untreated and drinking water supplies and to clean waste water.


Our corporate citizenship activities are also supporting environmental initiatives




> More on environmental protection









Principle 10:
Work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery

Implementation at Linde


Our Code of Ethics prohibits corruption for all employees worldwide.


This commitment is backed by additional, supplementary guidelines, including regulations governing competitive and anti-trust laws as well as our Ethical-Legal Principles Procurement.


The primary aim of our compliance programme is to prevent misconduct and to investigate and penalise suspected violations. Suspected incidents can be reported to our Integrity Line.

© The Linde Group 2012