Values & standards

Values and principles

Values and principles underlie the way we do business. These are set out in the Linde Spirit. Our four values describe the way in which we intend to achieve our corporate targets. Our four foundational principles explain issues of key importance in this context.

Our values



Empowering people

People are given the space to contribute and grow.

Innovating for customers

We relentlessly pursue new ways to add value to external customers.

Thriving through diversity

Diversity results in enriched collaboration and enhanced solutions.

Passion to excel

We have the commitment and drive to pursue ever higher standards of excellence and we celebrate success.

Our principles




The Linde Group will avoid to harm people and society.


Our actions are honest, fair and ethical.


We are focused on today’s success, but accept our responsibility for future generations.


Every human being deserves to be treated with respect.

Global standards

Our internal guidelines determine how we assume our obligations in the Group. Our Code of Ethics defines clear standards which govern the way our employees interact with each other as well as our conduct towards customers, suppliers, business partners and the authorities. The Code of Ethics is binding for all employees in The Linde Group. Our Code of Ethics is supplemented by other global guidelines and standards which concern our commitment in core areas, including global guidelines on safety, the environment, health, supplier management and compliance. We base our standards on internationally recognised guidelines and principles. These include:

  • the German Corporate Governance Code
  • the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • the ILO International Labour Standards
  • the ten principles of the UN Global Compact
  • the Responsible Care Global Charter