"The journey to a cleaner energy economy calls for a greater share of renewable sources and for new, sustainable technologies. With our Clean Technology portfolio we are well placed to help meet these challenges worldwide."
Our success in 2011 has confirmed that we are on the right course. Our business model will remain focused on stability and sustainability. Moving forward, we will continue to concentrate on the long-term global megatrends – energy and the environment, healthcare and dynamic trends in the emerging markets. We intend to further strengthen our position in all of these areas.
Already today, the majority of our research projects are geared towards improving environmental performance and developing innovative processes that enable valuable resources to be used more efficiently. For us, these are sustainability opportunities that help us grow as a business and benefit society as a whole. The journey to a cleaner energy economy calls for a greater share of renewable sources and for new, sustainable technologies. With our Clean Technology portfolio we are well placed to help meet these challenges worldwide.
Our stakeholders’ trust is one of the key factors for our future success. Which is why we maintain close dialogue with key stakeholder groups and listen carefully to what they say. Climate protection, for example, is a major issue for many of our customers and partners. So for some years now, we have been providing increasingly detailed information about how we are working on improving the environmental impact of our production processes. By endorsing the United Nations Global Compact, we have committed to providing transparent reports on how we are implementing the organisation’s core principles. We are continually expanding our sustainability reporting activities. In the year under review, additional non-financial indicators were independently audited and we have also changed our reporting cycle. For the first time, we are already publishing our Corporate Responsibility Report in May – to inform you even earlier about our progress, challenges and future plans for sustainable and profitable growth.
Professor Dr Wolfgang Reitzle
Chief Executive Officer of Linde AG