Joining or partnering organisations enables us to learn from the experiences of others and develop joint solutions and viewpoints with regard to sustainability. We are also a member of numerous organisations to support social, educational, cultural and scientific initiatives.
As a member of industry and business associations Linde plays an active role in these at national, European and international level. Among those are the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) and the German Industrial Gases Association (IGV). On a European level, we are a member of the European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA). In these associations, Linde helps draft common industry standpoints, strategies and action plans on sustainability issues such as climate protection or the safe handling of gases.
The Group is also a member of selected corporate responsibility networks. These include regional networks of UN Global Compact and econsense (Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business e.V.). Human rights were one of the key issues in these collaborations in 2011.
We also collaborate with partners in the world of science to push forward initiatives aimed at securing sustainable development. Linde is, for example, one of the founding members of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), the largest demonstration project for hydrogen-based mobility in Europe. Further CEP partners include technology, petroleum and energy groups as well as major car manufacturers and two leading public transport operators. The Clean Energy Partnership has been funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development since 2008.