Goals

Strategy & governance

Goal

Timeline

Progress

Status

 

 

 

 

Finances

 

 

 

 

Group operating profit: around EUR 4 billion

2013

> More in the annual report

Group operating profit:
EUR 5 billion and reported ROCE of around 13 percent

2016

> More in the annual report

Further reductions in total gross costs of between EUR 750 million and EUR 900 million

2013–2016

> More in the annual report

 

 

 

 

Compliance

 

 

 

 

Expansion of compliance programme

Ongoing

Global Code of Conduct for Suppliers introduced to prevent ecological, social and compliance risks in the supply chain

Compliance refresher training introduced to ensure that employees refresh their compliance knowledge regularly

More than 42,500 e-learning sessions on the Code of Ethics and around 7,500 e-learning sessions on anti-trust law held by the end of 2013

More than 10,000 participants received on-site training from qualified trainers

Full-time compliance officers answered more than 3,500 inquiries

 

> More on supplychain management

> More on compliance

 

 

 

 

Suppliers

 

 

 

 

Sustainability assessment of the supply chain

2014

External analysis of sustainability risks performed with a focus on country and product risks in our supply chain

 

> More

Consolidation and complementation of existing sustainability requirements in a global supplier code of conduct

2014

Global Code of Conduct for Suppliers approved

100 percent of new Linde Engineering suppliers required to follow the new code in 2013

 

> More

Raising awareness on the importance of sustainability in the supply chain among procurement managers and suppliers

2014

Procurement staff trained on implementation of the new Code of Conduct for Suppliers

 

> More

 

 

 

 

Sustainable investment

 

 

 

 

Qualification of Linde for the most renowned sustainability indices

2014

Linde once again included in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World)

Linde once again included in the regional Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Linde included in the Global Compact 100 Index

 

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Products

 

 

 

 

Development of products and technologies that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development

Ongoing

Mobile system for the treatment of ship emissions developed

500-bar compressed-gas/hydrogen trailer developed to make transporting larger quantities of hydrogen more efficient

Plan of action for the development of around 400 hydrogen fuelling stations in Germany by 2023 signed together with five partners from the energy and automotive industry

 

> More  on innovation

> More on climate protection

 

 

 

 

Transparency

 

 

 

 

Definition, collection and reporting of additional sustainability indicators

Ongoing

Further indicators included in the corporate responsibility report

Scope of independent assurance extended to include new indicators

 

> More on compliance

> More on KPIs

> More on assurance

> More in the annual report

 

 

 

 

Stakeholder

 

 

 

 

Inclusion of stakeholder requirements in sustainability management activities

Ongoing

Follow-up measures on the employee survey 2012 completed

Next global employee survey planned for 2014

3,600 sustainability inquires from stakeholders answered

800 individual conversations, 24 conferences and 38 roadshows with financial analysts and investors

Several events with scientific experts in Germany and Italy on the use of renewable energies and hydrogen as an environmentally friendly fuel

 

> More on our employee survey

> More on Linde shares in the annual report

> More on stakeholders

> More on materiality analysis

Safety & environment

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Site safety

 

 

 

 

Standardised risk review for sites and definition of control mechanisms to minimise risks to the greatest possible extent (Major Hazards Review Programme, MHRP)

Long-term goal

76 percent of sites concerned certified in line with MHRP by the end of 2013

 

> More

 

 

 

 

Transport

 

 

 

 

Transport safety initiative

  • Adoption of all local and global minimum operating standards for transport
  • Integration of transport standards in a global database
  • Training on revised standards for employees and transport contractors
  • Audits to ensure compliance with operating standards
  • Global implementation of new behavioural transport safety driver training programme (ActSafe for Drivers)

2012–2015

75 transport safety auditors trained

23 percent of sites with transport activities audited

Around 1,500 participants in driver safety training sessions in South-East Asia

 

> More

50 percent reduction in the frequency rate of serious transport incidents (base year 2012)

2017

Number of serious transport incidents down to 0.062 per million road kilometres

 

> More

 

 

 

 

Climate protection and energy efficiency

 

 

 

 

3 percent improvement in energy intensity in installed air separation plants (relative to 2008 baseline)

2013

Goal achieved

 

> More

5 percent improvement in energy intensity in installed air separation plants (relative to 2008 baseline)

2017

Average energy intensity 2013 already improved by 3.8 percent

 

> More

2 percent improvement in actual energy efficiency in our installed HyCO plants (relative to 2009 baseline)

2015

New Goal

 

> More

Evaluation of ways to reduce CO2 emitted by transport service providers (scope 3 emissions)

Ongoing

Use of larger tanks to reduce transport journeys; transport costs reduced by around EUR 500,000 in Germany in 2013

Driver training targets fuel conservation

 

> More

 

 

 

 

Water

 

 

 

 

Development of a strategy for sustainable water use in water-stressed regions

2013

Measures and goals evaluated on various sites in order to optimise the sustainable use of water

Pilot study in Great Britain

 

> More

 

 

 

 

Further key environmental areas

 

 

 

 

Evaluation of additional quantitative environmental protection goals

Long-term goal

Pilot project in South-East Asia on waste-management optimisation completed; findings to serve as a basis for the development of further measures

 

> More on climate protection

> More on waste

Employees & society

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Timeline

Progress

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Employee satisfaction

 

 

 

 

Review of employee satisfaction

2014

Follow-up measures from 2012 employee survey implemented in 2013

Next global survey planned for 2014

 

> More

 

 

 

 

Management

 

 

 

 

Increase in the proportion of women in senior management positions worldwide to between 13 and 15 percent

2018

Percentage of women in our most important development programme for senior managers increased to 23.4 percent

Percentage of women in our most important development programme for middle managers increased to 35.6 percent

Percentage of women in management positions increased to 13.2 percent

 

> More

 

 

 

 

Work/life balance

 

 

 

 

Expansion of childcare support

Long-term goal

33 daycare spots provided in the Munich area

Childcare support concept in Germany currently being assessed

 

> More

 

 

 

 

Health protection

 

 

 

 

Expansion and harmonisation of occupational health and hygiene management programmes

Ongoing

Nine global health protection guidelines approved until end of 2013

 

> More

Reduction of health risks associated with manual tasks

Ongoing

Occupational health and safety audits carried out at around 60 percent of our sites

Introduction of a global database with instructions about optimal manual handling solutions

 

> More

Reduction of potential risks from psychological stress

Long-term goal

Great Britain: workshops on stress management conducted for IT staff

 

> More

 

 

 

 

Corporate citizenship

 

 

 

 

Development of a global strategy to measure the effectiveness of corporate citizenship projects

2013

Global survey of corporate citizenship activities introduced

Global corporate volunteering guideline approved

 

> More

Status

New goal

In progress

Target reached