Key performance indicators (KPIs) help us track our economic, ecological and social performance. We use them to measure our progress and identify scope for improvement. Where possible, we present our performance indicators in this report over a four-year period. Once again, we asked KPMG Sustainability to provide limited assurance on selected non-financial KPIs. This year, we extended the scope of the audit to include additional occupational safety indicators. The scope is described in the independent assurance report. Additionally, indicators covered within the assurance scope are marked as such in the tables provided. We also highlight indicators published in the Group management report of Linde's 2012 annual report.
Our financial figures are published in the Group financial statements within our annual report, in line with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). We collect key indicators for health, safety and environmental protection, mainly by means of global databases. We continuously evaluate the possibility of including additional KPIs in our external reporting. In 2012, we also integrated further non-financial KPIs into our annual report. We also select and publish our non-financial data considering internationally recognised standards, including:
- The sustainability reporting guidelines issued by the (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).
At The Linde Group, we are committed to continuous development and improvement. That is why we set ourselves regional and global targets, against which we can measure our performance. The provides a quick overview of the individual topics and contains links to more detailed information within the relevant chapters.Our Corporate Responsibility Report 2012 also serves as our Communication on Progress within the framework of the UN Global Compact. We therefore report on how we incorporate the ten Global Compact principles into our business activities.