GRI and Global Compact index

Linde’s corporate responsibility reporting is based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines for sustainability reporting. We follow the version of the GRI standard valid at the time of publication (G3.1). The independent Global Reporting Initiative has again confirmed that Linde has achieved the highest application level of these guidelines: A+.

The GRI index gives an overview of the core and supplementary reporting indicators. It also provides links to the relevant content in this report, as well as listing other sources of information. If an indicator has not been covered or is only partially covered, we explain the reasons for this. This index also contains links to further information relating to the ten principles of the UN Global Compact (UNGC).

Strategy and analysis

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI Indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

 

 

 

1.1

 

 

Statement from the Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

CEO statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.2

 

 

Description of key impacts, risks and opportunities

 

 

 

 

Strategy
Risk management
Business opportunities
Environment and safety
Social commitment

 

 

Financial Report 2012: risk management

Clean Technology by Linde

 

 

 

 

          

 

 

            

 

 

                                            

 

 

          

 

 

                                        

 

 

                                        

 

 

          

 

Organisational profile

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI Indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

 

 

 

2.1

 

 

Name of the organisation

 

 

 

 

Corporate profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.2

 

 

Primary brands, products and/or services

 

 

 

 

Corporate profile
Business opportunities

 

 

Clean Technology by Linde

Financial Report 2012: business review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.3

 

 

Operational structure

 

 

 

 

Corporate profile

 

 

Financial Report 2012: corporate profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.4

 

 

Location of organisation’s headquarters

 

 

 

 

Legal notice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.5

 

 

Countries where the organisation operates

 

 

 

 

Corporate profile

 

 

Website Linde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,6

 

 

Nature of ownership and legal form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Website Linde: management

Financial Report 2012: shareholder structure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.7

 

 

Markets served

 

 

 

 

Corporate profile

 

 

Financial Report 2012: corporate profile

Financial Report 2012: business review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.8

 

 

Scale of the reporting organisation

 

 

 

 

Corporate profile
Financial indicators

 

 

Financial Report 2012: financial highlights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,9

 

 

Significant changes during the reporting period regarding size, structure or ownership

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linde Annual 2012: strategic acquisitions

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

2.10

 

 

Awards received in the reporting period

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Climate protection
Capital market
Diversity and equal opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

 

            

 

 

                                            

 

 

          

 

 

                                        

 

 

                                        

 

 

          

 

Reporting parameters

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI Indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

 

 

 

3.1

 

 

Reporting period

 

 

 

 

About this report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.2

 

 

Date of the most recent previous report

 

 

 

 

About this report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.3

 

 

Reporting cycle

 

 

 

 

About this report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.4

 

 

Contact point for questions

 

 

 

 

CR organisation

 

 

Website Linde: contact

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.5

 

 

Definition of report content and stakeholders

 

 

 

 

About this report
Key material issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.6

 

 

Boundaries of the report

 

 

 

 

About this report

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

3.7

 

 

Limitations on the scope of the report

 

 

 

 

About this report
Measuring sustainability

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

3.8

 

 

Joint ventures, subsidiaries, outsourcing

 

 

 

 

About this report
Measuring sustainability

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

3.9

 

 

Data measurement techniques and basis of calculations

 

 

 

 

Measuring sustainability

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

3.10

 

 

Effects of new re-statement of information

 

 

 

 

About this report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.11

 

 

Changes from previous reporting periods

 

 

 

 

About this report

 

 

Linde Annual 2012: strategic acquisitions

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

3,12

 

 

GRI content index

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.13

 

 

External assurance statement

 

 

 

 

Assurance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

 

            

 

 

                                            

 

 

          

 

 

                                        

 

 

                                        

 

 

          

 

Governance, commitments and engagement

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI Indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

 

 

 

4.1

 

 

Governance structure, including responsibility for sustainability

 

 

 

 

CR organisation
Promotion of women

 

 

Website Linde: Executive Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,2

 

 

Independence of Supervisory Board Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2012: corporate governance

Financial Report 2012: Executive Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,3

 

 

Management bodies and statement regarding independence of members of the highest governance body, senior managers and executives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Website Linde: management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.4

 

 

Mechanisms to provide recommendations to the highest governance bodies

 

 

 

 

CR organisation
Involving employees
Compliance

 

 

Financial Report 2012: corporate governance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,5

 

 

Linkage between the compensation for members of the highest governance body, senior managers and executives, and the organisation’s performance with regard to sustainability

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2012: remuneration report

Financial Report 2012: corporate governance practices

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

4,6

 

 

Processes to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2012: corporate governance practices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.7

 

 

Qualifications and expertise of the members of the highest governance body with regard to sustainability

 

 

 

 

CR organisation

 

 

Financial Report 2012: Executive Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.8

 

 

Missions, values and codes of conduct

 

 

 

 

Values and standards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.9

 

 

Procedures employed by the highest governance body to monitor the organisation’s performance with regard to sustainability

 

 

 

 

CR organisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,10

 

 

Processes for evaluating the highest governance body’s own performance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2012: report Supervisory Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.11

 

 

Implementation of the precautionary principle

 

 

 

 

Risk management
Compliance
Product stewardship
Environment and safety
Health and safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.12

 

 

Support of external initiatives

 

 

 

 

Stakeholder dialogue
Global Compact
Diversity and equal opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.13

 

 

Memberships in associations

 

 

 

 

Stakeholder dialogue
Social commitment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.14

 

 

List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organisation

 

 

 

 

Stakeholder dialogue
Key material issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.15

 

 

Basis for identification of stakeholders

 

 

 

 

Stakeholder dialogue
Key material issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.16

 

 

Approaches to stakeholder dialogue

 

 

 

 

Stakeholder dialogue
Key material issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.17

 

 

Statement on key concerns raised by stakeholders

 

 

 

 

Stakeholder dialogue
Key material issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

 

            

 

 

                                            

 

 

          

 

 

                                        

 

 

                                        

 

 

          

 

Disclosures on management approach

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI Indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Economic performance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Economic performance

 

 

 

 

Corporate profile

 

 

Financial Report 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market presence

 

 

 

 

Corporate profile

 

 

Financial Report 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indirect economic impacts

 

 

 

 

Social commitment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental performance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Materials

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Raw materials
Supply chain
Product stewardship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Energy

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Energy
Climate protection
Business opportunities

 

 

Clean Technology by Linde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biodiversity

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Biodiversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emissions, effluents and waste

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Climate protection
Water
Waste
Air emissions

 

 

Clean Technology by Linde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Products and services

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Product stewardship

 

 

Clean Technology by Linde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Compliance

 

 

Financial Report 2012: litigation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transport

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Transport safety
Climate protection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Product stewardship
Risk management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labour practices and decent work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employment

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Employees worldwide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labor/management relations

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Involving employees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Occupational health and safety

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Health and safety
Environment and safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training and education

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Developing talent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diversity and equal opportunity

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Diversity and equal opportunities
Labour and social standards

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equal remuneration for women and men

 

 

 

 

Remuneration
Diversity and equal opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human rights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment and procurement practices

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Supply chain
Labour and social standards
Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-discrimination

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Diversity and equal opportunities
Labour and social standards
Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freedom of association and collective bargaining

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Involving employees
Labour and social standards
Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Child labour

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Labour and social standards
Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forced and compulsary labour

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Labour and social standards
Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

Security practices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

Indigenous rights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

Labour and social standards
Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remediation

 

 

 

 

Labour and social standards
Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community

 

 

 

 

Social commitment
Risk management
Environment and safety
Product stewardship
Site safety
Business opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corruption

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public policy

 

 

 

 

Stakeholder dialogue
Social commitment

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-competitive behavior

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product responsibility

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customer health and safety

 

 

 

 

Product stewardship
Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product and service labelling

 

 

 

 

Product stewardship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marketing communications

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customer privacy

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

Compliance
Product stewardship

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

          

 

 

            

 

 

                                            

 

 

          

 

 

                                        

 

 

                                        

 

 

          

 

Economic indicators

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI Indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

 

 

 

EC1

 

 

Direct generated economic value

 

 

 

 

Financial indicators
Social commitment

 

 

Financial Report 2012: Linde shares

Financial Report 2012: income tax expense

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

EC2

 

 

Financial implications of climate change

 

 

 

 

Business opportunities
Climate protection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EC3

 

 

Scope of the organisation’s defined benefit plan obligations

 

 

 

 

Employees worldwide
Remuneration and social benefits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EC4

 

 

Financial assistance received from governments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

1

 

 

EC5

 

 

Standard entry level wage and local minimum wage

 

 

 

 

Compliance
Remuneration and social benefits
Labour and social standards

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

EC6

 

 

Procedures for selecting local suppliers

 

 

 

 

Supply chain

 

 

Financial Report 2012: purchasing

 

 

(PDF:)

 

6

 

 

EC7

 

 

Procedures for local hiring

 

 

 

 

Diversity and equal opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EC8

 

 

Infrastructure investments and services provided primarily for public benefit

 

 

 

 

Social commitment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EC9

 

 

Indirect economic impacts

 

 

 

 

Employees worldwide
Social commitment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

 

            

 

 

                                            

 

 

          

 

 

                                        

 

 

                                        

 

 

          

 

Environmental indicators

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI Indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

8

 

 

EN1

 

 

Materials used by weight or volume

 

 

 

 

Raw materials
Environment and safety indicators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,9

 

 

EN2

 

 

Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN3

 

 

Direct energy consumption by primary energy source

 

 

 

 

Energy
Environment and safety indicators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN4

 

 

Indirect energy consumption by primary source

 

 

 

 

Energy
Environment and safety indicators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,9

 

 

EN5

 

 

Energy saved

 

 

 

 

Energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,9

 

 

EN6

 

 

Energy-efficient products

 

 

 

 

Business opportunities

 

 

Clean Technology by Linde

 

 

 

 

8,9

 

 

EN7

 

 

Reduction of indirect energy consumption

 

 

 

 

Energy
Climate protection
Transport safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN8

 

 

Total water withdrawal by source

 

 

 

 

Water
Environment and safety indicators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN9

 

 

Water sources affected by withdrawal of water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,9

 

 

EN10

 

 

Water recycled and reused

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN11

 

 

Land in, or adjacent to, protected areas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN12

 

 

Impact on biodiversity

 

 

 

 

Biodiversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN13

 

 

Habitats protected or restored

 

 

 

 

Biodiversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN14

 

 

Managing impacts on biodiversity

 

 

 

 

Biodiversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN15

 

 

IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN16

 

 

Greenhouse gas emissions

 

 

 

 

Climate protection
Environment and safety indicators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN17

 

 

Other greenhouse gas emissions

 

 

 

 

Climate protection
Environment and safety indicators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,8,9

 

 

EN18

 

 

Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

 

 

 

 

Climate protection
Energy
Environment and safety indicators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN19

 

 

Emissions of ozone-depleting substances

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety indicators
Climate protection
Air emissions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN20

 

 

NOx, SOx and other air emissions

 

 

 

 

Air emissions
Environment and safety indicators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN21

 

 

Water discharge

 

 

 

 

Water
Environment and safety indicators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN22

 

 

Waste by type and disposal method

 

 

 

 

Waste
Environment and safety indicators

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

8

 

 

EN23

 

 

Total number and volume of significant spills

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Climate protection
Air emissions
Environment and safety indicators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN24

 

 

Waste deemed hazardous

 

 

 

 

Waste
Environment and safety indicators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN25

 

 

Water bodies affected by discharges of water and runoff

 

 

 

 

Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,8,9

 

 

EN26

 

 

Initiatives to mitigate environmental impact of products and services

 

 

 

 

Product stewardship
Business opportunities

 

 

Clean Technology by Linde

 

 

 

 

8,9

 

 

EN27

 

 

Reclaimed packaging material

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN28

 

 

Sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Environment and safety indicators

 

 

Financial Report 2012: litigation

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN29

 

 

Environmental impacts by transport

 

 

 

 

Climate protection
Transport safety
Environment and safety indicators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,8,9

 

 

EN30

 

 

Environmental protection expenditures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

 

            

 

 

                                            

 

 

          

 

 

                                        

 

 

                                        

 

 

          

 

Social indicators: Labour practices and decent work

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI Indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

 

 

 

LA1

 

 

Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region

 

 

 

 

Employees worldwide
Diversity and equal opportunities
Indicators on employees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA2

 

 

Employee turnover

 

 

 

 

Employees worldwide
Indicators on employees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA3

 

 

Benefits

 

 

 

 

Remuneration and social benefits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,3

 

 

LA4

 

 

Employees covered by collective bargaining agreements

 

 

 

 

Remuneration and social benefits
Indicators on employees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

LA5

 

 

Minimum notice period regarding significant operational changes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

LA6

 

 

Health and safety committees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

LA7

 

 

Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism

 

 

 

 

Indicators on employees
Health and safety

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

1

 

 

LA8

 

 

Risk-control programmes in place regarding serious diseases

 

 

 

 

Health and safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

LA9

 

 

Health and safety topics covered in formal agreements with trade unions.

 

 

 

 

Involving employees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA10

 

 

Employee training

 

 

 

 

Developing talent
Training on Environment and safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA11

 

 

Programs for skills management and lifelong learning

 

 

 

 

Developing talent
Diversity and equal opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA12

 

 

Performance and career development reviews

 

 

 

 

Developing talent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,6

 

 

LA13

 

 

Composition of staff and governance bodies

 

 

 

 

Indicators on employees
Diversity and equal opportunities

 

 

Website Linde: management

 

 

 

 

1,6

 

 

LA14

 

 

Differences in salary according to gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA15

 

 

Parental leave

 

 

 

 

Work-life balance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

 

            

 

 

                                            

 

 

          

 

 

                                        

 

 

                                        

 

 

          

 

Social indicators: Human rights

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI Indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

1,2,3,
4,5,6

 

 

HR1

 

 

Significant investment agreements

 

 

 

 

Supply chain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2,3,
4,5,6

 

 

HR2

 

 

Screening of suppliers with regard to human rights issues

 

 

 

 

Supply chain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2,3,
4,5,6

 

 

HR3

 

 

Training on human rights

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

1,2,6

 

 

HR4

 

 

Incidents of discrimination

 

 

 

 

Compliance
Indicators on financials and Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2,3

 

 

HR5

 

 

Operations involving significant risk to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining agreements

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Compliance
Labour and social standards

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

(PDF:)

 

1,2,5

 

 

HR6

 

 

Operations involving significant risk of child labour

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Compliance
Labour and social standards

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

1,2,4

 

 

HR7

 

 

Operations involving significant risk of forced or compulsory labour

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Compliance
Labour and social standards

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

(PDF:)

 

1,2

 

 

HR8

 

 

Security practices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2

 

 

HR9

 

 

Rights of indigenous people

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2

 

 

HR10

 

 

Human rights reviews and/or impact assessments.

 

 

 

 

Labour and social standards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2

 

 

HR11

 

 

Grievances related to human rights

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

 

            

 

 

                                            

 

 

          

 

 

                                        

 

 

                                        

 

 

          

 

Social indicators: Society

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI Indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

 

 

 

SO1

 

 

Impact on local communities

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Risk management
Product stewardship
Site safety
Social commitment
Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

SO2

 

 

Risks related to corruption

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

SO3

 

 

Anti-corruption training

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

10

 

 

SO4

 

 

Actions taken in response to alleged incidents of corruption

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2,3,
4,5,6,
7,8,9,
10

 

 

SO5

 

 

Public policy positions and lobbying

 

 

 

 

Stakeholder dialogue
Global Compact
Social commitment

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

10

 

 

SO6

 

 

Contributions to political parties, politicians, and related institutions

 

 

 

 

Social commitment

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

10

 

 

SO7

 

 

Legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2012: litigation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO8

 

 

Sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2012: litigation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO9

 

 

Operations with negative impacts on local communities

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO10

 

 

Prevention and mitigation of negative impacts on local communities

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

 

            

 

 

                                            

 

 

          

 

 

                                        

 

 

                                        

 

 

          

 

Social indicators: Product responsibility

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI Indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

1

 

 

PR1

 

 

Impact on health and safety throughout the product lifecycle

 

 

 

 

Product stewardship
Environment and safety
Health and safety

 

 

REACH website Linde

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

PR2

 

 

Non-compliance concerning health & safety impact of products

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2012: litigation

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

PR3

 

 

Product information

 

 

 

 

Product stewardship

 

 

REACH website Linde

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

PR4

 

 

Non-compliance concerning product information

 

 

 

 

Product stewardship

 

 

Financial Report 2012: litigation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR5

 

 

Customer satisfaction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR6

 

 

Laws and standards related to advertising

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

PR7

 

 

Non-compliance related to advertising

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2012: litigation

 

 

(PDF:)

 

1

 

 

PR8

 

 

Complaints regarding customer privacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2012: litigation

 

 

(PDF:)

 

 

 

 

PR9

 

 

Sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning products and services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2012: litigation

 

 

 

 

          

 

 

            

 

 

                                            

 

 

          

 

 

                                        

 

 

                                        

 

 

          

 

2.5 Countries where the organisation operates

Click on “Linde Worldwide” at the top of the page to view a map and a list of the countries in which Linde is active.

3.6 Boundaries of the report

We do not publish any indicators on the CR performance of other companies (e.g. joint ventures, suppliers) as we have no operational control over these companies.

3.8 Joint ventures, subsidiaries, outsourcing

We do not publish any indicators on the CR performance of other companies (e.g. joint ventures, suppliers) as we have no operational control over these companies.

4.13 Memberships in associations

This report contains information on our most important memberships in associations. We plan to expand our reporting coverage of this GRI indicator by 2014.

4.15 Basis for identification of stakeholders

We have identified our main stakeholder groups and assessed their relevance for the company. This process is governed by the strategic importance of individual stakeholder groups for the company and the relevance of the topics of interest to that group for our business activities. We also consider the needs of groups dependent on a steady information flow. Our materiality analysis ranks the importance of the topics of interest to stakeholder groups. This process, in turn, impacts on our assessment of stakeholder relevance and our level of stakeholder engagement.

Security practices

Prerequisite for the employment of security guards at our sites is a suitability vetting process. The security personnel at our sites respect human dignity and human rights and comply with local laws and regulations. In safeguarding the security of our sites we act in accordance with international standards such as the UN basic principals on the use of force. We require that all Linde guards are trained accordingly.

Indigenious rights

We do not report on this aspect as our business activities are not linked to violations of indigenous rights. We are not aware of any instances where the rights of indigenous people were violated in 2012.

EC1 Direct generated economic value

We are constantly evolving and expanding key indicator reporting. By 2014, we intend to publish a complete value added statement.

EC4 Financial assistance received from governments

We do not publish a total value for financial assistance received from governments as this information is classified as confidential. Main subsidies for large projects are reported on an ad-hoc basis, usually research or pilot projects that are of public interest. We do this through press releases, for example. In our 2012 Financial Report, we included government subsidies for air separation plants.

EC5 Standard entry level wage and local minimum wage

In our Code of Ethics, we set out our commitment to provide fair remuneration. To safeguard this, we regularly check whether the remuneration provided in the regions in which we operate is in line with market conditions and appropriate. We do not publish key indicators on entry level wages as they are classified as confidential.

EC6 Procedures for selecting local suppliers

In this report, we provide information on the factors which influence our selection of suppliers. Linde does not report figures on a global level on this indicator. We plan to expand our reporting coverage of this GRI indicator by 2014.

EN1 Materials used by weight or volume

This indicator is only relevant for certain aspects of our business operations. The most important resource for our processes is atmospheric air. We separate and process the constituent gases of air for our products. For other raw materials and supplies as well as for packaging we publish total figures.

EN2 Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials

This indicator is only relevant for certain aspects of our business operations. The most important resource for The Linde Group is air atmospheric air. We separate and process the constituent gases of air for our products. Other resources and materials used are published as a total figure. In addition, we report on GRI indicator EN10 – percentage of water recycled and reused.

EN3 Direct energy consumption by primary energy source

We report our direct energy consumption derived from natural gas and other energy sources (including heating oil, thermal energy, refinery and synthesis gases, butane and propane). In 2012, the Linde Group’s total energy consumption accounted for around 54.6 million MWh corresponding to around 196.56 million GJ.

EN4 Indirect energy consumption by primary source

We report our total energy consumption derived from natural gas, electricity and other energy sources (including heating oil, thermal energy, refinery and synthesis gases, butane and propane). In 2012, the Linde Group’s total energy consumption accounted for around 54.6 million MWh corresponding to around 196.56 million GJ. We do not break down our energy consumption further according to primary sources as the effort involved in doing so would be disproportionate to the benefit.

EN8 Total water withdrawal by source

We report water withdrawal by source as a percentage of total consumption. We do not collect data for further water categories as the effort involved in doing so would be disproportionate to the benefit.

EN9 Water sources affected by withdrawal of water

Very few of our sites are in regions affected by water shortages. Most of our operations are located in industrial zones and therefore far away from water protection areas or other critical bodies of water.

EN10 Water recycled and reused

To save water, we employ water circulation systems and use grey water where possible. We do not publish an exact figure for the percentage of water recycled as this varies greatly depending on location, technical equipment and water quality.

EN11 Land in, or adjacent to, protected areas

Most of our sites are in industrial or commercial zones and are usually far away from protected or other critical areas. This means that our activities are unlikely to have a significant impact on biodiversity.

EN12 Impact on biodiversity

This is only relevant for certain aspects of our business operations. Most of our sites are in industrial or commercial zones and are usually far away from protected areas or other critical areas. This means that our activities are unlikely to have a significant impact on biodiversity.

EN14 Managing impacts on biodiversity

We consider potential impacts on biodiversity under our CR management umbrella.

EN22 Waste by type and disposal method

As well as reporting on our total volume of waste, we also give a breakdown of disposal methods. This, in conjunction with the information provided under GRI indicator EN24, covers all of aspects relevant to waste management at The Linde Group.

EN23 Total number and volume of significant spills

Emissions from process losses are included in our figures on greenhouse gas emissions. We do also disclose the number of environmental incidents that are subject to registration, giving details of the background situation. This includes releases of emissions.

EN25 Water bodies affected by discharges of water and runoff

Where necessary, we purify the wastewater from our production and sanitary facilities either by using our own treatment systems or by sending it to municipal or industrial plants. In doing so, we always comply with emissions limits.

EN27 Reclaimed packaging material

Our gas cylinders for deliveries to our customers are reused and refilled on average around three and a half times a year. The cylinders have a lifespan of approximately 20 years. In individual cases, we dispose of other packaging materials for our customers.

EN30 Environmental protection expenditures

Data is collected at local level in line with regional legislation. We do not publish the figures so far as they are classified as confidential.

LA1 Total workforce by employment type, employment contract and region

In our CR report, we provide detailed information on the structure of our workforce. We include gender-specific data where relevant for The Linde Group, for example the percentage of female staff and the percentage of women in senior management positions.

LA2 Employee turnover

We report on our staff turnover rate and the number of newly employed staff members in total as well as for Asia. The rate varies from region to region due to cultural and labour market factors. We do not publish further data on hiring as this information is classified as confidential. We provide gender-specific data wherever relevant for The Linde Group, such as the percentage of female staff and the percentage of women in senior management positions.

LA5 Minimum notice period regarding significant operational changes

We provide timely reports to our employees and employee representative committees on all key operational changes. We do not collect data for this indicator as the effort involved in doing so would be disproportionate to the benefit.

LA7 Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days and absenteeism

We collect and publish data required to analyse and improve our health and safety performance. We report figures such as the number of work-related accidents per million hours worked by Linde employees and contractors (lost time injury rate, LTIR), the number of work-related accidents that resulted in fatalities for Linde employees and contractors and the number of work-related accidents that resulted in at least one day of sick leave. We do not break these indicators down by region and gender as this information is classified as confidential.

LA10 Employee training

We provide gender-specific data wherever relevant for The Linde Group, such as the percentage of female staff and the percentage of women in senior management positions. We provide information on the number of women participating in young talent programmes. We do not break this information down to employee ranks as the effort involved in doing so would be disproportionate to the benefit.

LA12 Performance and career development reviews

We hold regular staff appraisals to ensure that our employees are presented with targeted, professional development opportunities. We do not publish data on this activity so far.

LA13 Breakdown of employees

We report on all aspects crucial to effective diversity management. Further information on minority groups within our employees are classified as confidential. We provide details on the age, gender and origin of our Executive Board and Supervisory Board members on our website.

LA14 Differences in salary according to gender

The remuneration of individual Linde Group employees is governed by function, qualifications and performance, and not by gender-specific issues. We regularly check whether the remuneration provided in the regions in which we operate is in line with market conditions and appropriate. Data on salaries is classified as confidential.

LA15 Parental leave

We publish figures on the percentage of employees who take parental leave. We do not currently collect any other parental leave-related data at Group level as the effort involved in doing so would be disproportionate to the benefit.

HR3 Training on human rights

In this report, we disclose training figures in relation to our Code of Ethics, which also covers the topic of human rights. Additionally Linde’s security staff is being trained on these issues (see GRI indicator HR 8).

HR5 Operations involving significant risk to the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining agreements

In our Code of Ethics, which is binding for all employees, and our ethical-legal procurement guidelines, we set out our commitment to safeguarding freedom of assembly and association. Again in 2012, we investigated risks associated with the right to freedom of assembly and association as part of a global labour and social standards survey. We plan to expand our reporting coverage of this GRI indicator by 2014 also to our supply chain.

HR6 Operations involving significant risk of child labour

In our Code of Ethics, which is binding for all employees, we make a commitment to respect human rights across the world, as well as in our ethical-legal procurement guidelines. In 2012 again, we investigated child labour risks as part of a global labour and social standards survey. We plan to expand our reporting coverage of this GRI indicator by 2014 also on our supply chain.

HR7 Operations involving significant risk of forced or compulsory labour

In our Code of Ethics, which is binding for all employees, and in our ethical-legal procurement guidelines, we explicitly reject the practice of forced labour. In 2012 again, we also investigated risks with regard to forced labour as part of a global labour and social standards survey. We plan to expand our reporting coverage of this GRI indicator by 2014 also on our supply chain.

HR 8 Security practices

Prerequisite for the employment of security guards at our sites is a suitability vetting process. The security personnel at our sites respect human dignity and human rights and comply with local laws and regulations. In safeguarding the security of our sites we act in accordance with international standards such as the UN basic principals on the use of force. We require that all Linde guards are trained accordingly.

HR9 Rights of indigenous people

Principally, we are not aware of any instances where the rights of indigenous people were violated in 2012. This aspect does not rank as one of The Linde Group’s main sustainability concerns as our business operations are not linked to violations of indigenous rights. For this reason, we do not provide more information on this issue.

HR11 Grievances related to human rights

We have published the total number of reports received via the Linde Integrity Line in this report. Internally, we collect data on other subcategories, including several in connection with human rights. We do not publish this data as it is classified as confidential.

SO1 Impact on local communities

Around the world, we investigate and control the local and global impact of our business activities on people and the environment. Our community investment programmes are being coordinated at a regional level. These include voluntary engagement for neighbouring communities based on needs identified at local level in consultation with our stakeholders. We plan to extend our reporting on this GRI indicator by 2014.

SO3 Anti-corruption training

Our aim is to train 100 percent of our employees on our Code of Ethics. All employees receive a copy of the Code of Ethics when they start working at the company and must confirm in writing that they have read and understood it. Furthermore, we organise a Group-wide e-learning programme and classroom-based courses to familiarise our employees with the Code of Ethics. We report total figures for both. We do not evaluate the annual percentage as the effort involved in doing so would be disproportionate to the benefit.

SO7 Legal actions for anti-competitive behaviour, anti-trust and monopoly practices

In our financial report we disclose the most important current or foreseeable legal or arbitration proceedings in which The Linde Group or one of the Group members is involved.

SO9 Operations with negative impacts on local communities

Our business operations have no significant negative impacts on local communities beyond the risks outlined in the environment and safety section. We monitor and mitigate potential hazards under our risk management umbrella.

SO10 Prevention and mitigation of negative impacts on local communities

Our business operations have no significant negative impacts on local communities beyond the risks outlined in the environment and safety section. We monitor and mitigate potential hazards under our risk management umbrella.

PR2 Non-compliance concerning health and safety impact of products

In our financial report we disclose the most important current or foreseeable legal or arbitration proceedings in which The Linde Group or one of the Group members is involved.

PR4 Non-compliance concerning product information

In our financial report we disclose the most important current or foreseeable legal or arbitration proceedings in which The Linde Group or one of the Group members is involved.

PR 5 Customer satisfaction

We systematically measure customer satisfaction levels worldwide as part of our customer experience management programme. We use the results of surveys, our customer complaint management service and further information channels to help us improve our products and offerings.

PR6 Laws and standards related to advertising

In our Code of Ethics, which is binding for all employees, we set out our commitment to ensuring that our marketing, advertising and sales activities describe our offerings and services legally, fairly and honestly. The Code of Ethics is reviewed regularly.

PR7 Non-compliance related to advertising

In our financial report we disclose the most important current or foreseeable legal or arbitration proceedings in which The Linde Group or one of the Group members is involved.

PR8 Complaints regarding customer privacy

In our Code of Ethics, we outline our commitment to the protection of personal data. For this purpose we have appointed a highest data protection officer. We inform our employees about requirements regarding the protection of data. In addition, we train employees who handle or have access to personnel data. In our financial report we disclose the most important current or foreseeable legal or arbitration proceedings in which The Linde Group or one of the Group members is involved.

PR9 Sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning products and services

In our annual report we disclose the most important current or foreseeable legal or arbitration proceedings in which The Linde Group or one of the Group members is involved.

SO 6 Contributions to political parties, politicians, and related institutions

As a company, Linde does not make donations to political parties or individuals.

Status

Not covered

Covered in part

Covered in full

Global Reporting Initiative

A+

Linde AG complies with the requirements of the highest GRI application level.Application Level Check