Engagement with stakeholders
We consult our major stakeholders about key topics. Our major stakeholders include our employees, customers, shareholders and suppliers. Other relevant interest groups are politicians, economists and scientists, non-governmental organisations and society. We publish an overview of existing dialogue formats and common topics discussed with our stakeholders on our corporate website.
Partnerships and collaborations
We work in partnership with scientific institutions and other companies to promote the development of sustainable solutions: for example, in the field of energy supply and mobility. 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 their refuelling systems. In the H2 Mobility joint venture which forms part of the CEP, we are cooperating with five other leading industrial companies.
We are 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). Linde is also a member of selected corporate responsibility networks. These include the UN Global Compact and econsense – Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business.
In 2016, one of the key areas in our dialogue with representatives of politics and society was the role of innovative technologies in the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. The dialogue focused above all on environmentally friendly processes such as power-to-gas, a process in which electrolysis is used to produce hydrogen from electricity and water, for the storage of energy, and the expansion of low carbon emission electromobility through fuel cell vehicles.
In our contacts with political decision-makers in Germany and Europe, we also focused on competitive conditions in energy and climate policy. Two of the key issues here are the revision of the European Emissions Trading Directive and the regulatory organisation of the energy markets in Germany and Europe, both of which are of considerable significance for our production plants.
As a group, Linde does not make donations to political parties. 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 to politicians, political parties and associations and make their own decisions as to how the funds will be used.