We encourage our employees to contribute their knowledge and ideas to the Group to support improvements and innovations. Against this background, we have already conducted a number of global employee surveys, most recently in 2014. In many countries around the world, we award employees and teams who have demonstrated particular commitment to our corporate objectives and values. We granted prizes for outstanding performance, for example, to employees in Southern Europe, East Asia, Australia, the UK, as well as North America, Central America and South America in the reporting year.
In 2016, the first Linde Global Innovation Challenge took place. We called upon all our employees worldwide to submit their ideas for innovations – especially ideas which will improve the quality of life, environmental protection and resource efficiency, and will lead to more efficient processes. Those employees who did not submit ideas themselves could take part in online polls and discussions and contribute their expertise. In total, 1,350 ideas were received. The teams of finalists presented their projects at the Linde Technology Day under the theme entrepreneurial spirit. Around 200 company experts from around the world then voted to select the winning team.
Dialogue with employee representatives
Linde strives to work together with employee representatives and trade unions based on partnership and trust, aiming to reconcile the interests of the Group and the workforce. Linde’s system of employee representation in Germany is two-tiered, consisting of a central works council for the Group as a whole and works councils in the decentralised units. Cross-border issues are dealt with by the European Works Council, which currently has 28 members and protects the rights of employees in Europe to information, consultation and advice. In many other countries, there are regional-level works councils or employee interest groups, with which Linde cooperates constructively.