Goals

Goals

Status

New goal

In progress

Target reached

Strategy and corporate governance

Target/goal

Timeframe

Progress

Status

Finance

Achieve Group operating profit of between EUR 4.2 billion and EUR 4.5 billion and ROCE of between 9 percent and 10 percent in the 2017 financial year

2017

> More in the Annual Report

Achieve a reduction in gross costs of between EUR 750 m and EUR 900 m

2013 – 2016

> More in the Annual Report

Compliance

Expand the compliance programme

Ongoing

More than 55,000 e-learning sessions on the Code of Ethics completed since the programme has began; over 138,000 compliance trainings in total

E-learning programme introduced for employees who award contracts for consultancy and other services on Linde’s behalf

10,000 participants in e-learning sessions on antitrust law

6,700 queries answered by compliance officers

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Products

Develop products and technologies that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development

Ongoing

Analysis of environmental benefits of selected technologies and applications

500 patents in the chemical and environmental sectors, clean energy and hydrogen technologies

Around 50 percent of research projects with environmental benefit

Trial of processes for the production, storage, use and feed-in to the natural gas network of hydrogen from renewable electricity, working with partners from the energy industry and various research institutes

> More about innovations

> More about climate protection

> More about water

> More about emissions to air

> More about waste

Engagement with stakeholders

Reflect the needs of our stakeholders in our sustainability management

Ongoing

More than 2,000 questions from stakeholders answered about sustainability at Linde

More than 1,000 conversations conducted with investors; just under 60 conferences and roadshows, events for private investors and plant visits organised worldwide

> More about stakeholders

> More about materiality analysis

> More about investor relations in the Annual Report

Safety and environmental protection

Target/goal

Timeframe

Progress

Status

Conduct a standardised risk review of sites and define control mechanisms to minimise these risks to the greatest possible extent (Major Hazards Review Programme, MHRP)

Long-term goal

Around 90 percent of the sites concerned certified in line with MHRP by the end of 2015
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Transport

 

 

 

Halve the frequency of serious transport incidents per million kilometres travelled compared with the base year 2012

2017

In future, the target will also include incidents previously classified as non-preventable (the new target will be communicated at the latest in the 2016 Annual Report)

Based on the new definition, the number of serious transport incidents has fallen by around 16 percent since 2012

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Transport safety initiatives

  • Implement all local and global minimum standards for transport operations
  • Incorporate the standards into a global database
  • Deliver training on revised standards to employees and contractors concerned
  • Conduct audits to ensure compliance with standards
  • Implement worldwide the new driver safety training programme (ActSafe for Drivers)

2012 – 2015

Safety standards revised to reduce risks arising from in-vehicle distractions

Training provided to support the global guideline on the fitting and use of vehicle mirrors

Training programme aimed at avoiding commercial vehicle rollovers continued

Defensive driving training provided for more than 15,000 drivers of passenger cars and light vehicles

Training of internal incident investigators started

A quarter of Linde’s global commercial fleet fitted with on-board camera recording systems

 

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Climate protection and energy efficiency

 

Achieve a 5 percent improvement in energy intensity at installed air separation plants (base year 2008)

2017

Average energy intensity improved by more than 6 percent, saving around 2.5 million tonnes of CO2

 

> More

 

Achieve a 2 percent improvement in energy efficiency at our installed hydrogen plants (base year 2009)

2015

Energy efficiency increased by 2.7 percent

 

Around 640,000 tonnes of CO2 saved

 

 

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Avoid a total of 6 million tonnes of CO2 emissions as a result of technical improvements in plant design and more efficient production processes in air separation plants and hydrogen plants (base year 2009)

2020

New target

Evaluate ways to reduce emissions from transport vehicles (scope 1 emissions)

Ongoing

Measures implemented which are designed to achieve route optimisation, better use of transport capacity and environmentally friendly driving

 

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Water

 

 

 

Develop a strategy for sustainable use of water in regions experiencing water stress

2016

39 plants in Europe inspected for sustainable use of water since 2014; several improvements implemented; expected cost savings of over EUR 2 m between 2014 and 2016

50 employees received training on topics such as saving water, water treatment and handling claims

Optimised cooling circuits in two air separation plants reduced the quantity of water and waste water being processed by 13,000 cubic metres per annum.

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Set other quantitative targets for environmental protection

Long-term goal

Water supplies at our key production sites worldwide reviewed

600 production sites around the world reviewed for their proximity to international protected areas

> More about water

>More about biodiversity

Employees and society

Target/goal

Timeframe

Progress

Status

Continuously reduce the number of workplace accidents per million hours worked (base year 2012)

2020

2.7 workplace accidents per million hours worked in 2015 at Linde sites worldwide (2014: 2.4), 2.2 at contractors (2014: 1.8)

 

 

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Management

 

 

 

Increase the proportion of female employees in the first management tier below the Executive Board worldwide to 14 percent in 2017 and 18 percent in 2022

2017

New target

Proportion of women in the first management tier below the Executive Board at 11 percent

> More

Increase the proportion of female employees in the second management tier below the Executive Board worldwide to 17 percent in 2017 and 22 percent in 2022

2017

New target

Proportion of women in the second management tier below the Executive Board at 16 percent

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Work-life balance

 

 

 

Expand support for employees requiring childcare

Long-term goal

Childcare subsidy provided for children of employees at German sites; services to help employees find appropriate childcare places and to provide care in exceptional circumstances used more than 2,200 times since 2007

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Health protection

 

 

 

Expand and harmonise occupational health management programmes

Ongoing

Free preventive health checks set up in several regions

New health management programme developed

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Reduce health risks arising from manual work

Ongoing

Around 1,400 occupational health and safety audits conducted at sites; around 53 percent of operating sites audited

 

 

New powered movers used at 25 sites in North America to transport gas cylinders

 

 

 

99 percent of Gist Division employees handling heavy loads trained on how to do so safely

 

 

 

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Minimise potential risk from psychological stress

Long-term goal

Events held on topics such as mental health in the workplace and conflict resolution in the Regional Business Unit (RBU) South Pacific

 

 

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