Involving our stakeholders
We consult our major stakeholders about key sustainability topics. Major stakeholders include our employees, shareholders, customers and suppliers. Other stakeholders are politicians and the research and scientific community, non-governmental organisations, neighbours in the vicinity of our sites and the general public. At the end of 2014, we once again conducted an internal survey across all regions about sustainability topics. The survey covered local activities and focus areas, collaborations with stakeholders and corporate citizenship within communities. We incorporate the results into our report.
We engage in debate with experts on specialist topics. In 2014, for example, we once again hosted the Linde Olefin Academy in Pullach. Experts and new entrants to the profession take part in this two-week event. Information about aspects of ethylene production is provided and participants are also able to exchange information on this subject with each other. Technical and economic topics are discussed as well as issues relating to environmental protection and safety.
We cooperate with scientific institutions and other entities to develop sustainable solutions for energy supply, mobility and other topics. For instance, Linde is one of the founding members of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), the largest demonstration project for hydrogen-based mobility in Europe. With the support of the German government, the CEP is testing fuel-cell vehicles and the systems for their refuelling. H2Mobility is the name of a joint initiative between Linde and five leading industrial companies. The aim is to set up a nationwide network of hydrogen filling stations in Germany. The initiative aims to expand the current network of 15 public hydrogen filling stations in Germany to around 400 filling stations by 2023. The H2Mobility initiative assumes that total investment in this Germany-wide infrastructure project will be around EUR 350 million.
Linde is an active member of a number of German, European and international industry associations and trade associations. These include the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), the German Engineering Association (VDMA), the European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA), the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the Asian Industrial Gases Association (AIGA). In October 2014, our Chief Executive Officer, Dr Wolfgang Büchele, was appointed Chairman of the North Africa Middle East Initiative of German Business (NMI). Linde is also a member of selected corporate responsibility networks. These include the UN Global Compact and econsense (the Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business).
Once again in 2014, our dialogue with politicians and society focused on securing a competitive and environmentally friendly energy supply. Germany and other European member states are in the process of transforming their energy policies, creating opportunities for the use of new, efficient technologies but also exposing them to rising power costs. In this context, Linde has also demonstrated the importance of industrial gases for a variety of industrial value chains. In addition, we have provided information to selected stakeholders about our activities in the field of clean technology. We focus not only on solutions for sustainable energy supply but also on our commitment to the expansion of emission-free electromobility through hydrogen-powered and fuel-cell vehicles.
As a group, Linde does not make donations to political parties or to individuals. In the United States, employees of Linde North America have formed a political action committee. Under the umbrella of this independent registered committee, employees collect donations for politicians, political parties and associations.
Global climate change, conservation of ecosystems and clean water were the issues of most concern to those of you who took part in our survey last year.
Many thanks for your feedback on our 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report. Your feedback helps us to enhance our commitment to sustainability and improve our reporting. In the 2014 Report, you can read about the new measures we have implemented to ensure sustainable use of water and about the progress we have made towards our climate protection targets.
We would be delighted if you would complete our survey again this year.
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