GRI and Global Compact index

Strategy and analysis

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

 

 

 

1.1

 

 

Statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organization.

 

 

 

 

Letter from CEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.2

 

 

Description of key impacts, risks, and opportunities.

 

 

 

 

Opportunities and risks
Environment and safety
Social commitment

 

 

Financial Report 2013: opportunities and risks

Clean Technology by Linde

 

 

 

 

Organisational profile

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

 

 

 

2.1

 

 

Name of the organization.

 

 

 

 

Corporate profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.2

 

 

Primary brands, products, and/or services.

 

 

 

 

Corporate profile
Opportunities and risks

 

 

Clean Technology by Linde

Financial Report 2013: business review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.3

 

 

Operational structure of the organization, including main divisions, operating companies, subsidiaries, and joint ventures.

 

 

 

 

Corporate profile

 

 

Financial Report 2013: corporate profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.4

 

 

Location of organization's headquarters.

 

 

 

 

Legal notice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.5

 

 

Number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries with either major operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability issues covered in the report.

 

 

 

 

Corporate profile

 

 

Website Linde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.6

 

 

Nature of ownership and legal form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Website Linde: management

Financial Report 2013: Linde in the capital market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.7

 

 

Markets served (including geographic breakdown, sectors served, and types of customers/beneficiaries).

 

 

 

 

Corporate profile

 

 

Financial Report 2013: business review

Financial Report 2013: corporate profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.8

 

 

Scale of the reporting organization.

 

 

 

 

Financial indicators
Corporate profile

 

 

Financial Report 2013: financial highlights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.9

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.10

 

 

Awards received in the reporting period.

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Climate protection
Diversity
Sustainable investment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reporting parameters

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

 

 

 

3.1

 

 

Reporting period (e.g., fiscal/calendar year) for information provided.

 

 

 

 

About this report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.2

 

 

Date of most recent previous report (if any).

 

 

 

 

About this report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.3

 

 

Reporting cycle (annual, biennial, etc.)

 

 

 

 

About this report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.4

 

 

Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents.

 

 

 

 

CR Organization

 

 

CR Contact

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.5

 

 

Process for defining report content.

 

 

 

 

About this report
Key material issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.6

 

 

Boundary of the report (e.g., countries, divisions, subsidiaries, leased facilities, joint ventures, suppliers). See GRI Boundary Protocol for further guidance.

 

 

 

 

About this report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.7

 

 

State any specific limitations on the scope or boundary of the report (see completeness principle for explanation of scope).

 

 

 

 

About this report
Measuring sutainability

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.8

 

 

Basis for reporting on joint ventures, subsidiaries, leased facilities, outsourced operations, and other entities that can significantly affect comparability from period to period and/or between organizations.

 

 

 

 

About this report
Measuring sustainability

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

3.9

 

 

Data measurement techniques and the bases of calculations, including assumptions and techniques underlying estimations applied to the compilation of the Indicators and other information in the report. Explain any decisions not to apply, or to substantially diverge from, the GRI Indicator Protocols.

 

 

 

 

Measuring sustainability

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.10

 

 

Explanation of the effect of any re-statements of information provided in earlier reports, and the reasons for such re-statement (e.g.,mergers/acquisitions, change of base years/periods, nature of business, measurement methods).

 

 

 

 

About this report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.11

 

 

Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope, boundary, or measurement methods applied in the report.

 

 

 

 

About this report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.12

 

 

Table identifying the location of the Standard Disclosures in the report.

 

 

 

 

GRI Index

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.13

 

 

Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report.

 

 

 

 

Assurance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governance, commitments and engagement

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

 

 

 

4.1

 

 

Governance structure of the organization, including committees under the highest governance body responsible for specific tasks, such as setting strategy or organizational oversight.

 

 

 

 

CR Organization
Promotion of women

 

 

Linde Corporate website: Executive Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.2

 

 

Indicate whether the Chair of the highest governance body is also an executive officer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2013: corporate governance

Financial Report 2013: Executive Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.3

 

 

For organizations that have a unitary board structure, state the number and gender of members of the highest governance body that are independent and/or non-executive members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Website Linde: management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.4

 

 

Mechanisms for shareholders and employees to provide recommendations or direction to the highest governance body.

 

 

 

 

CR Organization
Compliance
Involving employees

 

 

Financial Report 2013: corporate governance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.5

 

 

Linkage between compensation for members of the highest governance body, senior managers, and executives (including departure arrangements), and the organization's performance (including social and environmental performance).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2013: renumeration report

Financial Report 2013: corporate governance practises

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.6

 

 

Processes in place for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2013: corporate governance practises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.7

 

 

Process for determining the composition, qualifications, and expertise of the members of the highest governance body and its committees, including any consideration of gender and other indicators of diversity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2013: Executive Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.8

 

 

Internally developed statements of mission or values, codes of conduct, and principles relevant to economic, environmental, and social performance and the status of their implementation.

 

 

 

 

Values and standards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.9

 

 

Procedures of the highest governance body for overseeing the organization's identification and management of economic, environmental, and social performance, including relevant risks and opportunities, and adherence or compliance with internationally agreed standards, codes of conduct, and principles.

 

 

 

 

CR Organization

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.10

 

 

Processes for evaluating the highest governance body's own performance, particularly with respect to economic, environmental, and social performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2013: Supervisory Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.11

 

 

Explanation of whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization.

 

 

 

 

Compliance
Environment and safety
Opportunities and risks
Product stewardship
Health and safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.12

 

 

Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or endorses.

 

 

 

 

Stakeholder
Global Compact
Diversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.13

 

 

Memberships in associations (such as industry associations) and/or national/international advocacy organizations in which the organization: * Has positions in governance bodies; * Participates in projects or committees; * Provides substantive funding beyond routine membership dues; or * Views membership as strategic.

 

 

 

 

Stakeholder
Social commitment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.14

 

 

List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization.

 

 

 

 

Stakeholder
Key material issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.15

 

 

Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage.

 

 

 

 

Stakeholder
Key material issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.16

 

 

Approaches to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group.

 

 

 

 

Stakeholder
Key material issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.17

 

 

Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organization has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting.

 

 

 

 

Stakeholder
Key material issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosures on management approach

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Economic performance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

Economic performance

 

 

 

 

Corporate profile

 

 

Financial Report 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market presence

 

 

 

 

Corporate profile

 

 

Financial Report 2013

 

 

 

 

1,6

 

 

 

 

Indirect economic impacts

 

 

 

 

Social commitment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental performance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,9

 

 

 

 

Materials

 

 

 

 

Product stewardship
Environment and safety
Supply chain
Raw materials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,9

 

 

 

 

Energy

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Climate protection
Energy
Opportunities and risks

 

 

Clean Technology by Linde

 

 

 

 

8,9

 

 

 

 

Water

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

Biodiversity

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Biodiversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,8,9

 

 

 

 

Emissions, effluents and waste

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Climate protection
Water
Waste
Air emissions

 

 

Clean Technology by Linde

 

 

 

 

7,8,9

 

 

 

 

Products and services

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Product stewardship

 

 

Clean Technology by Linde

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Compliance

 

 

Financial Report 2013: risk management

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

Transport

 

 

 

 

Transport
Environment and safety
Climate protection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Product stewardship
Opportunities and risks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labour practices and decent work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employment

 

 

 

 

Employees worldwide
Values and standards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,3

 

 

 

 

Labor/management relations

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Involving employees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

Occupational health and safety

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Environment and safety
Health and safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training and education

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Winning talent
Values and standards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,6

 

 

 

 

Diversity and equal opportunity

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Diversity
Labour and social standards

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,6

 

 

 

 

Equal remuneration for women and men

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Renummeration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human rights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2,3,
4,5,6

 

 

 

 

Investment and procurement practices

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Compliance
Labour and social standards
Diversity
Supply chain

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2,6

 

 

 

 

Non-discrimination

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Compliance
Labour and social standards
Diversity

 

 

 

 

 


 

1,2,3

 

 

 

 

Freedom of association and collective bargaining

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Compliance
Labour and social standards
Involving employees

 

 

 

 

 


 

1,2,5

 

 

 

 

Child labor

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Compliance
Labour and social standards

 

 

 

 

 


 

1,2,4

 

 

 

 

Prevention of forced and compulsory labor

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Compliance
Labour and social standards

 

 

 

 

 


 

1,2

 

 

6

 

 

Security practices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2

 

 

7

 

 

Indigenous rights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2

 

 

 

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

Labour and social standards
Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2

 

 

 

 

Remediation

 

 

 

 

Labour and social standards
Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local communities

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Product stewardship
Opportunities and risks
Social commitment
Site safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

Corruption

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Public policy

 

 

 

 

Stakeholder
Social commitment

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

Anti-competitive behavior

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

Values and standards
Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product responsibility

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

Customer health and safety

 

 

 

 

Compliance
Product stewardship

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

Product and service labelling

 

 

 

 

Product stewardship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marketing communications

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

Customer privacy

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

Compliance
Product stewardship

 

 

 

 

 

 

Economic indicators

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

 

 

 

EC1

 

 

Direct economic value generated and distributed, including revenues, operating costs, employee compensation, donations and other community investments, retained earnings, and payments to capital providers and governments.

 

 

 

 

Social commitment
Key figures

 

 

Financial Report 2013: Linde shares

Financial Report 2013: financial statement

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

EC2

 

 

Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organization's activities due to climate change.

 

 

 

 

Opportunities and risks
Climate protection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EC3

 

 

Coverage of the organization's defined benefit plan obligations.

 

 

 

 

Renummeration
Employees worldwide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EC4

 

 

Significant financial assistance received from government.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

EC5

 

 

Range of ratios of standard entry level wage by gender compared to local minimum wage at significant locations of operation.

 

 

 

 

Remuneration
Compliance
Labour and social standards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EC6

 

 

Policy, practices, and proportion of spending on locally-based suppliers at significant locations of operation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

EC7

 

 

Procedures for local hiring and proportion of senior management hired from the local community at significant locations of operation.

 

 

 

 

Diversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EC8

 

 

Development and impact of infrastructure investments and services provided primarily for public benefit through commercial, in-kind, or pro bono engagement.

 

 

 

 

Social commitment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EC9

 

 

Understanding and describing significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts.

 

 

 

 

Social commitment
Employees worldwide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental indicators

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

8

 

 

EN1

 

 

Materials used by weight or volume.

 

 

 

 

Raw materials
Key figures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,9

 

 

EN2

 

 

Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN3

 

 

Direct energy consumption by primary energy source.

 

 

 

 

Key figures
Energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN4

 

 

Indirect energy consumption by primary source.

 

 

 

 

Key figures
Energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,9

 

 

EN5

 

 

Energy saved due to conservation and efficiency improvements.

 

 

 

 

Energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,9

 

 

EN6

 

 

Initiatives to provide energy-efficient or renewable energy based products and services, and reductions in energy requirements as a result of these initiatives.

 

 

 

 

Opportunities and risks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,9

 

 

EN7

 

 

Initiatives to reduce indirect energy consumption and reductions achieved.

 

 

 

 

Energy
Climate protection
Transport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN8

 

 

Total water withdrawal by source.

 

 

 

 

Key figures
Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN9

 

 

Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,9

 

 

EN10

 

 

Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN11

 

 

Location and size of land owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN12

 

 

Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas.

 

 

 

 

Biodiversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN13

 

 

Habitats protected or restored.

 

 

 

 

Biodiversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN14

 

 

Strategies, current actions, and future plans for managing impacts on biodiversity.

 

 

 

 

Biodiversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN15

 

 

Number of IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations, by level of extinction risk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN16

 

 

Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight.

 

 

 

 

Climate protection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN17

 

 

Other relevant indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight.

 

 

 

 

Climate protection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,8,9

 

 

EN18

 

 

Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reductions achieved.

 

 

 

 

Climate protection
Key figures
Energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN19

 

 

Emissions of ozone-depleting substances by weight.

 

 

 

 

Climate protection
Key figures
Air emissions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN20

 

 

NOx, SOx, and other significant air emissions by type and weight.

 

 

 

 

Key figures
Air emissions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN21

 

 

Total water discharge by quality and destination.

 

 

 

 

Key figures
Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN22

 

 

Total weight of waste by type and disposal method.

 

 

 

 

Key figures
Waste

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN23

 

 

Total number and volume of significant spills.

 

 

 

 

Key figures
Climate protection
Environment and safety
Air emissions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN24

 

 

Weight of transported, imported, exported, or treated waste deemed hazardous under the terms of the Basel Convention Annex I, II, III, and VIII, and percentage of transported waste shipped internationally.

 

 

 

 

Key figures
Waste

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN25

 

 

Identity, size, protected status, and biodiversity value of water bodies and related habitats significantly affected by the reporting organization's discharges of water and runoff.

 

 

 

 

Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,8,9

 

 

EN26

 

 

Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts of products and services, and extent of impact mitigation.

 

 

 

 

Product stewardship
Opportunities and risks

 

 

Clean Technology by Linde

 

 

 

 

8,9

 

 

EN27

 

 

Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN28

 

 

Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety
Key figures

 

 

Financial Report 2013: risk management

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

EN29

 

 

Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials used for the organization's operations, and transporting members of the workforce.

 

 

 

 

Transport
Climate protection
Key figures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,8,9

 

 

EN30

 

 

Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, broken down by gender.

 

 

 

 

Diversity
Key figures
Employees worldwide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA2

 

 

Total number and rate of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender, and region.

 

 

 

 

Employees worldwide
Key figures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA3

 

 

Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees, by major operations.

 

 

 

 

Renumeration and social benefit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,3

 

 

LA4

 

 

Percentage of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements.

 

 

 

 

Renumeration and social benefit
Key figures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

LA5

 

 

Minimum notice period(s) regarding significant operational changes, including whether it is specified in collective agreements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

LA6

 

 

Percentage of total workforce represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees that help monitor and advise on occupational health and safety programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

LA7

 

 

Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalities by region and by gender.

 

 

 

 

Health and safety
Key figures

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

LA8

 

 

Education, training, counseling, prevention, and risk-control programs in place to assist workforce members, their families, or community members regarding serious diseases.

 

 

 

 

Health and safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

LA9

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Involving employees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA10

 

 

Average hours of training per year per employee by gender, and by employee category.

 

 

 

 

Developing talent
Health and safety training

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA11

 

 

Programs for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings.

 

 

 

 

Developing talent
Diversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA12

 

 

Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender.

 

 

 

 

Developing talent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,6

 

 

LA13

 

 

Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per employee category according to gender, age group, minority group membership, and other indicators of diversity.

 

 

 

 

Diversity
Key figures

 

 

Website Linde: management

 

 

 

 

1,6

 

 

LA14

 

 

Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men by employee category, by significant locations of operation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA15

 

 

Return to work and retention rates after parental leave, by gender.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Percentage and total number of significant investment agreements and contracts that include clauses incorporating human rights concerns, or that have undergone human rights screening.

 

 

 

 

Supply chain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2,3,
4,5,6

 

 

HR2

 

 

Percentage of significant suppliers, contractors and other business partners that have undergone human rights screening, and actions taken.

 

 

 

 

Supply chain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2,3,
4,5,6

 

 

HR3

 

 

Total hours of employee training on policies and procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations, including the percentage of employees trained.

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2,6

 

 

HR4

 

 

Total number of incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken.

 

 

 

 

Compliance
Key figures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2,3

 

 

HR5

 

 

Operations and significant suppliers identified in which the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining may be violated or at significant risk, and actions taken to support these rights.

 

 

 

 

Compliance
Labour and social standards
Values and standards

 

 

 

 

 


 

1,2,5

 

 

HR6

 

 

Operations and significant suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labor, and measures taken to contribute to the effective abolition of child labor.

 

 

 

 

Compliance
Labour and social standards
Values and standards

 

 

 

 

 


 

1,2,4

 

 

HR7

 

 

Operations and significant suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor, and measures to contribute to the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labor.

 

 

 

 

Compliance
Labour and social standards
Values and standards

 

 

 

 

 


 

1,2

 

 

HR8

 

 

Percentage of security personnel trained in the organization's policies or procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2

 

 

HR9

 

 

Total number of incidents of violations involving rights of indigenous people and actions taken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2

 

 

HR10

 

 

Percentage and total number of operations that have been subject to human rights reviews and/or impact assessments.

 

 

 

 

Labour and social standards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,2

 

 

HR11

 

 

Number of grievances related to human rights filed, addressed and resolved through formal
grievance mechanisms.

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social indicators: Society

UNGC

 

 

GRI

 

 

GRI indicator

 

 

Status

 

 

Link within the report

 

 

External links

 

 

PDF

 

 

 

 

SO1

 

 

Percentage of operations with implemented local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs.

 

 

 

 

Compliance
Social commitment
Environment and safety
Opportunities and risks
Site safety
Product stewardship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

SO2

 

 

Percentage and total number of business units analyzed for risks related to corruption.

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

SO3

 

 

Percentage of employees trained in organization's anti-corruption policies and procedures.

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

SO4

 

 

Actions taken in response to incidents of corruption.

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

SO5

 

 

Public policy positions and participation in public policy development and lobbying.

 

 

 

 

Social commitment
Stakeholder
Global Compact

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

SO6

 

 

Total value of financial and in-kind contributions to political parties, politicians, and related institutions by country.

 

 

 

 

Social commitment

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

SO7

 

 

Total number of legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices and their outcomes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2013: risk management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO8

 

 

Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2013: risk management

Financial Report 2013: risk areas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO9

 

 

Operations with significant potential or actual negative impacts on local communities.

 

 

 

 

Environment and safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO10

 

 

Prevention and mitigation measures implemented in operations with significant potential or actual 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

 

 

Life cycle stages in which health and safety impacts of products and services are assessed for improvement, and percentage of significant products and services categories subject to such procedures.

 

 

 

 

Product stewardship
Environment and safety

 

 

REACH website Linde

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

PR2

 

 

Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning health and safety impacts of products and services during their life cycle, by type of outcomes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2013: risk management

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

PR3

 

 

Type of product and service information required by procedures, and percentage of significant products and services subject to such information requirements.

 

 

 

 

Product stewardship

 

 

REACH website Linde

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

PR4

 

 

Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning product and service information and labeling, by type of outcomes.

 

 

 

 

Product stewardship

 

 

Financial Report 2013: risk management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR5

 

 

Practices related to customer satisfaction, including results of surveys measuring customer satisfaction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR6

 

 

Programs for adherence to laws, standards, and voluntary codes related to marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR7

 

 

Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship by type of outcomes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2013: risk management

 

 

 

1

 

 

PR8

 

 

Total number of substantiated complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2013: risk management

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR9

 

 

Monetary value of significant fines for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning the provision and use of products and services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Report 2013: risk management

Financial Report 2013: risk areas

 

 

 

 

2.5 Number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries with either major operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability issues covered in the report.

(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)

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

During the reporting period there were no significant changes regarding size, structure or ownership

3.6 Boundary of the report (e.g., countries, divisions, subsidiaries, leased facilities, joint ventures, suppliers). See GRI Boundary Protocol for further guidance.

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 Basis for reporting on joint ventures, subsidiaries, leased facilities, outsourced operations, and other entities that can significantly affect comparability from period to period and/or between organizations.

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 (such as industry associations) and/or national/international advocacy organizations in which the organization: * Has positions in governance bodies; * Participates in projects or committees; * Provides substantive funding beyond routine membership dues; or * Views membership as strategic.

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

4.15 Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage.

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.

Indigenous 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 2013.

EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed, including revenues, operating costs, employee compensation, donations and other community investments, retained earnings, and payments to capital providers and governments.

We are constantly evolving and expanding key indicator reporting. In 2014, we intend review our options to report a complete value added statement.

EC4 Significant financial assistance received from government.

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 2013 Financial Report, we included government subsidies for air separation plants.

EC6 Policy, practices, and proportion of spending on locally-based suppliers at significant locations of operation.

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.

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. 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.

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). 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 significantly affected by withdrawal of water.

Very few of our locations 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 Percentage and total volume of 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 Location and size of land owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas.

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

EN12 Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas.

This is only relevant for certain aspects of our business operations. Most of our locations 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 Strategies, current actions, and future plans for managing impacts on biodiversity.

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

EN22 Total weight of 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 the aspects relevant to The Linde Group’s waste management.

EN23 Total number and volume of significant spills.

Emissions from process losses are included in our data on emissions to air and water. We also disclose the number of environmental incidents that are subject to registration, giving details of the background situation. This includes releases of emissions.

EN25 Identity, size, protected status, and biodiversity value of water bodies and related habitats significantly affected by the reporting organization's 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 Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category.

Total figures on product volume sold is classified as confidential. In this CR report, we disclosed the total volume of packaging materials used as well as the most important initiatives to take back waste or püackaging materials from our customers. Our gas cylinders for deliveries to our customers for example 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 Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type.

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, broken down by gender.

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. We do not track the number of supervised workers on a global level.

LA2 Total number and rate of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender, and region.

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.

LA15 Return to work and retention rates after parental leave, by gender.

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 for collecting additional data is disproportionate to the results.

LA5 Minimum notice period(s) regarding significant operational changes, including whether it is specified in collective agreements.

We do not publish quantitative information on the minimum notice period, as the effort for collecting additional data is disproportionate to the results.

LA7 Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalities by region and by gender.

We do not report values for occupational disease rates (ODR) for employees and contractors; no lost day rate (LDR) and absentee rate (AR) for contractors, no breakdown by region and gender.
We collect and manage occupational illnesses cases internally.

LA10 Average hours of training per year per employee by gender, and by employee category.

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 Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender.

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.

LA14 Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men by employee category, by significant locations of operation.

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. We do not publish data on this issues, as it is classified as condifential.

HR1 Percentage and total number of significant investment agreements and contracts that include clauses incorporating human rights concerns, or that have undergone human rights screening.

No total number of significant investment agreements and contracts; no definition of “significant agreements”

HR2 Percentage of significant suppliers, contractors and other business partners that have undergone human rights screening, and actions taken.

No percentage of contracts with significant suppliers, contractors and other business partners that were either declined or imposed performance conditions, or were subject to other actions as a result of human rights screening.

HR3 Total hours of employee training on policies and procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations, including the percentage of employees trained.

Additionally Linde’s security staff is being trained on these issues (see GRI indicator HR 8).

HR5 Operations and significant suppliers identified in which the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining may be violated or at significant risk, and actions taken to support these rights.

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 2013, we investigated risks associated with the right to freedom of assembly and association as part of a global labour and social standards survey. Linde also commissioned an external analysis of sustainability risks in the supply chain that focused on country and product risks. The findings are a basis for further measures in the selection and evaluation of suppliers. We will review our findings in 2014.

HR6 Operations and significant suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labor, and measures taken to contribute to the effective abolition of child labor.

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. Again in 2013, we investigated child labour risks as part of a global labour and social standards survey. Linde also commissioned an external analysis of sustainability risks in the supply chain that focused on country and product risks. The findings are a basis for further measures in the selection and evaluation of suppliers. We will review our findings in 2014.

HR7 Operations and significant suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor, and measures to contribute to the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labor.

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. Again in 2013, we also investigated risks with regard to forced labour as part of a global labour and social standards survey. Linde also commissioned an external analysis of sustainability risks in the supply chain that focused on country and product risks. The findings are a basis for further measures in the selection and evaluation of suppliers. We will review our findings in 2014.

HR8 Percentage of security personnel trained in the organization's policies or procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations.

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 Total number of incidents of violations involving rights of indigenous people and actions taken.

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HR11 Number of grievances related to human rights filed, addressed and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms.

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

SO1 Percentage of operations with implemented local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs.

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. In 2014 we introduced a volunteering guideline and a respective reporting form.We plan to expand our reporting based on our introduced reporting form in 2014.

SO9 Operations with significant potential or actual 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 measures implemented in operations with significant potential or actual negative impacts on local communities.

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.

SO3 Percentage of employees trained in organization's anti-corruption policies and procedures.

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 Total number of legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices and their outcomes.

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.

PR2 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning health and safety impacts of products and services during their life cycle, by type of outcomes.

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 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning product and service information and labeling, by type of outcomes.

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.

PR5 Practices related to customer satisfaction, including results of surveys measuring 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 Programs for adherence to laws, standards, and voluntary codes related to marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship.

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 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship by type of outcomes.

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 Total number of substantiated complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data.

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 Monetary value of significant fines for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning the provision and use of products and services.

If there are risks from litigation these are published in the Financial Report (see link), including the financial implication.

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.

SO6 Contributions to political parties, politicians and related institutions

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

EN15 Number of IUCN red list species and national coservation list specieswith habitats in areas affected by operations, by level of distinction list

This indicator is not material for the whole of our business. Most of our locations are in industrial or commercial zones.

EC7 Procedures for local hiring and proportion of senior management hired from the local community at locations of significant operation.

In 2012, we have reviewed the proportion of senior managers in material emerging markets. About 70% of our senior management were from the respective region. We are not aware of material changes to this proportion.

SO4 Actions taken in response to incidents of corruption.

We do not report the number of incidents or disciplinary punished legal cases. This is an internal corporate decision based on the nature of the proprietary information.

SO8 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for noncompliance

If there are risks from litigation these are published in the Financial Report (see link), including the financial implication.

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.

Status

Not covered

Covered in part

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Global Reporting Initiative

A+

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