Sustainable investment

In 2013, we conducted more than 800 conversations with investors globally. We offered shareholders and potential investors the chance to engage in dialogue with representatives of the Group at 24 conferences and 38 roadshows, at several private investor events and in the course of plant visits. Topics covered included our expanding Healthcare business and opportunities arising from our Clean Technology portfolio. Among Linde’s shareholders, the proportion of SRI investors rose from 4 percent at the end of 2012 to over 7 percent at the end of 2013.

>7%

of our investors are focused on sustainability

Linde was again included in sustainability indices in the reporting year. In September 2013, the Group was once more listed in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World). Analysts from RobecoSAM thereby acknowledged the Group’s continuous improvement in the area of sustainability. We received particular recognition for our activities in the areas of compliance, environmental management systems, and risk and crisis management. Linde was added to a number of other indices in 2013, including the new United Nations Global Compact 100 Index, which is a list of companies that set themselves apart through their support of the principles of the UN Global Compact and their profitability.