Social commitment

Social commitment

Society

125,000

children, school pupils and students

reached by our projects

18,000

students

attended courses at the Carl von Linde Academy

50,000

school pupils

received road safety training in Australia and New Zealand

2.4 million

euro

donated for social causes

We are involved in a variety of projects around the world near our business locations. Our main focus is on education. We also support selected initiatives in areas such as safety, environmental protection, health and social affairs as well as some cultural projects. Cross-regional involvement in such projects is managed by our Corporate Centre, while local initiatives are coordinated by employees in the region concerned. In 2015, we provided funding of several million euro for projects and initiatives worldwide, around EUR 2.4 m have been donated by the Group. This allowed us to support more than 200 projects. As a result of our social commitment, we were able to reach, amongst others, more than 125,000 children, school pupils and students during the year under review.

Education, culture and research

We support science education projects in several countries, for example, exhibitions, scientific or technical experiments and competitions. We provided foundation capital of over EUR 8 m to set up the Carl von Linde Academy at the Technical University of Munich. By the end of the summer semester of 2015, around 18,000 students had attended courses offered by the Academy. The institution provides engineering, IT and natural science students with key skills that extend beyond the limits of their theoretical subjects, covering such areas as innovation and business ethics. In Munich, home to our Corporate Centre, we are also a founding member of the Deutsches Museum Future Initiative, the aim of which is to modernise the largest technology museum in the world. By 2018, we will have provided financial backing of EUR 5 m. We have also formed a public-private partnership with the Schloss Hansenberg boarding school in Hesse, Germany. The school fosters the talents of pupils with particularly strong academic and social skills. Since the beginning of our involvement in 2004, more than 600 pupils have completed their education at the school. Linde has been the Season Partner of the Bavarian State Opera since 2007. We have also sponsored the live streaming of selected performances since 2012. This allows people who are unable to attend a performance at the opera house to enjoy a world-class cultural event for free.

In 2015, for the fifth consecutive year, we supported the Shell Eco-marathon, a competition for young engineers which promotes energy-efficient mobility and takes place every year in several regions of the world. As a global partner, we assumed responsibility for supplying the hydrogen to fill the fuel-cell vehicles used in the competition, while Linde engineers supported the event organisers and participants by providing technical expertise. In the United States, we sponsored a competition where school pupils designed their own hydrogen-powered model cars. More than 200 school pupils took part in the event which aims to promote interest in mathematics and technical subjects.

Safety and environmental protection

As a company which places special emphasis on safety, we are involved in a number of road safety projects in several countries. Several thousand children in the UK have taken part so far in the Child Road Safety Programme organised by Gist, our logistics division. Under this scheme, our truck drivers visit primary schools, bringing their vehicles with them, and talk to pupils about road traffic risks. In 2015, Gist received an award for this programme from the charity Brake which campaigns for child road safety.

As a founding member of a road safety initiative, we enable young people in Australia and New Zealand to receive safety training just before they take their driving test. Each year around 50,000 school pupils take part in the scheme.

We are also committed to protecting the environment in the areas surrounding our business locations. In 2015, for example, around 120 Linde employees planted trees in Spain. In China, we donated over EUR 40,000 to a project designed to improve environmental protection in rural areas.

Improving living conditions and health

In many countries, we support projects which help to improve living conditions for the people in that particular region. In 2015, for example, we sponsored a project in India which helps women learn to read, write and count, so that they have the skills to find employment. During the reporting year, we continued to donate products such as medical gases and medical devices for charitable purposes in several regions. In Sweden, Linde Healthcare again supported research in 2015 into pain management for children.

Voluntary work and disaster relief

We support the voluntary work of our employees, for example, by granting staff time off work or, in some regions, by matching employees’ donations. In 2015, over 1,300 Linde employees volunteered around the world. After the earthquake in Nepal in April 2015, employees and the Group donated a total of around EUR 160,000 to charities as a result of various initiatives.