Sustainability goals

Goals

Status

New goal

In progress

Target reached

Corporate governance

Target/goal

Timeframe

Progress

Status

Finance

Group revenue development after adjustments for exchange rate effects in for the current financial year in the range of –3 percent to +3 percent

2017

New target
> More in the (PDF:) Annual Report, p. 97

Group operating profit after adjustments for exchange rate effects on a par with the previous year could increase by up to 7 percent; based on the exchange rates that applied on balance sheet date of 31 December 2016, this corresponds to a Group operating profit of between EUR 4.2 bn and EUR 4.5 bn

2017

> More in the (PDF:) Annual Report, p. 97

ROCE of between 9 percent and 10 percent in the 2017 financial year

2017

> More in the (PDF:) Annual Report, p. 97

Reduce costs by around EUR 180 m through the Focus restructuring programme

2015 – 2017

New target
> More in the (PDF:) Annual Report, p. 44

Reduce costs by around EUR 370 m per annum through the LIFT programme

From 2019

New target
> More in the (PDF:) Annual Report p,. 44

Products

Develop products and technologies that unite customer value and sustainable development

Ongoing

A new innovation strategy has been devised which focuses on five key areas: advanced materials, efficiency, environment & resources, quality of life, and digitalisation

Analysis of environmental benefits of selected technologies and applications

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

Around 50 percent of research projects aim to achieve an environmental benefit

> More about innovations

> More about climate protection

> More about water

> More about air emissions

> More about waste

Engagement with stakeholders

Reflect the needs of our stakeholders in our sustainability management

Ongoing

More than 1,500 questions from stakeholders answered about sustainability at Linde

Key areas of focus with regard to sustainability reviewed again based on a materiality analysis, taking into account stakeholders’ requirements

Shareholders and potential investors offered the opportunity to meet us in person – at almost 40 conferences and roadshows worldwide, at several events for private investors and in the course of plant visits

> More about stakeholders

> More about the materiality analysis

> More about (PDF:) investor relations in the Annual Report, p. 38

Safety

Target/goal

Timeframe

Progress

Status

Occupational safety

Continuously reduce the number of workplace accidents per 1 million hours worked (base year 2012)

2020

Achieved a 24 percent reduction in workplace accidents per 1 million hours worked in 2016 compared with 2015
> More about occupational safety

Health protection

Expand and harmonise occupational health management programmes

Ongoing

Regular medical check-ups, additional health insurance and in-house sports activities introduced in countries in the Middle East region

New health options launched for employees

> More about work-life balance

> More about health protection

Reduce health risks arising from manual work

Ongoing

Occupational health and safety audits conducted at just under 49 percent of operating sites; around 17 percent of operating sites are audited in accordance with OHSAS 18001

Around 3,000 employees in Africa were reached by a health information campaign relating to manual work

> More about production

> More about health protection

Production

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

More than 95 percent of the sites concerned certified in line with the MHRP process by the end of 2016

> More about production

Transport

Reduce the frequency of serious transport incidents per 1 million kilometres travelled by 20 percent compared with the base year 2015

2020

More specific target set (includes for the first time incidents previously classified as non-preventable)

Frequency of serious transport incidents based on this new definition has reduced by around 9 percent since 2015

> More about transport

Environmental protection

Target/goal

Timeframe

Progress

Status

Climate protection and energy efficiency

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

A total of 3.3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions have been avoided since 2009, of which 0.8 million tonnes are direct emissions and 2.5 million tonnes are indirect emissions

> More about energy and climate protection

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

Ongoing

Measures implemented which are designed to optimise routes, make better use of transport capacity and provide training in defensive driving

> More about energy and climate protection

Water

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

2016

Reviewed key production sites worldwide on the basis of the criteria set out by the World Resources Institute regarding the situation in regions which experience water scarcity

Measures to optimise the use of water and cooling water systems are implemented, focusing on regions which experience water scarcity

  • At four sites in Eastern Europe, Asia and South America, potential savings were identified of around 440,000 cubic metres of water, which would lead to cost savings of around EUR 70,000 per annum
  • Information campaigns were conducted in Africa and the Middle East on the economical use of water, which reached more than 3,000 employees

> More about water

Set other quantitative targets for environmental protection

Long-term goal

Water supplies at our key production sites worldwide reviewed for the first time on the basis of the criteria set out by the World Resources Institute

> More about water

Employees

Target/goal

Timeframe

Progress

Status

 

Note: Some targets have been modified since 2015.

Management

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

2017

Proportion of women in the first management tier below the Executive Board was 16 percent in 2016 (2015: 11 percent)

> More about diversity

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

2017

Proportion of women in the second management tier below the Executive Board was 18 percent in 2016 (2015: 16 percent)

> More about diversity