Labour & social standards

Labour standards and human rights

Linde commits to the principles of the UN Human Rights Charter, the core labour standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and to other international standards. Through regular reviews across all regions, we collate information on the processes which have been put in place to ensure compliance with labour standards and the upholding of human rights. Furthermore, we review the extent to which our global guidelines consider human rights. The guidelines and processes which have been reviewed and revised since 2013 include the Code of Conduct, purchasing guidelines and purchasing agreements, the Integrity Line policy and Group risk management. In 2014, the Executive Board of Linde AG adopted an official Group position on human rights, in which it reiterates Linde’s support for human rights and describes the processes within the Group which confirm this commitment.

Over the past three years, more than 190 audits have been conducted at our business locations which covered social topics such as the avoidance of child labour and the provision of safe, fair working conditions. To detect potential weaknesses, we also evaluate the information supplied to the Integrity Line. This is a service which employees and external stakeholders can use to report any breaches of the Group’s Code of Conduct. Around 28 percent of the reports received via the hotline in 2014 related to human resources issues. In various regions, we took steps to raise employee awareness. During the reporting year, for example, we held events in India to provide information and raise awareness of the issue of workplace harassment. More than 60 employees attended these events.