The Group maintains regular contact with its key stakeholders in a number of different ways. These include Linde employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers, non-governmental organisations, politicians, the research and scientific community, neighbours and the general public.
The Group’s corporate responsibility department responded to over 1,600 questions from stakeholders on sustainability issues during the reporting year. Main issues raised concerned environmental topics, corporate governance or the supply chain. Linde is also actively involved in dialogues on specialist topics. In Germany, for instance, the Group hosted the Federal Algae Roundtable Meeting (Bundesalgenstammtisch) in 2012, gathering more than 150 experts from science and industry to discuss renewable raw materials. In terms of political discourse, the transformation of our energy systems was a key issue in the period under review, with the focus on clean, efficient solutions – such as Clean Technology by Linde. The Group also collaborated with industry associations in the drive to ensure a cost-effective and environmentally friendly energy supply, as well as sustainable solutions in the mobility and transport sector.
1,600stakeholder questions answered
Our involvement in trade associations and scientific partnerships enables us to learn from the experiences of others and to develop joint solutions and positions regarding sustainability to topics such as climate protection and the safe handling of gases. Linde plays an active role in industry and business associations at national, European and international level. Among these are the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), the European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA) and the Asia Industrial Gases Association (AIGA). The Group is also a member of selected corporate responsibility networks. These include the UN Global Compact and econsense (Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business e.V.).
Linde collaborates with partners in science and with other companies to push forward initiatives aimed at securing sustainable development. The Linde Group is one of the founding members of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), for instance: the largest demonstration project for hydrogen-based mobility in Europe. This has been funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) since 2008. Further CEP partners include technology, petroleum and energy groups as well as major car manufacturers and two leading public transport operators. Additionally, Linde joined forces with two other companies to set up a pilot project in the area of wind-hydrogen in 2012. The plan is to produce hydrogen via electrolysis from wind energy in what is known as a multi-energy filling station at the German capital’s prospective new airport, Berlin Brandenburg.
Linde is also a member of organisations dedicated to issues such as environmental protection and occupational health and safety. These include the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP) in North America, the Korea Environmental Preservation Association (KEPA) and the Green Network in Denmark.