The capital market evaluates responsible corporate management by making financial investments which take account of the principles of sustainable management (Socially Responsible Investment, SRI). In 2016, we continued our in-depth dialogue with participants in the capital markets. At almost 40 conferences and roadshows around the world, several events for private investors and in the course of plant visits, we offered our shareholders and potential investors the opportunity to speak personally to representatives of the Group, including members of our Executive Board. The proportion of investors among Linde shareholders who are oriented towards sustainability rose in 2016 to 12 percent (2015: 11 percent).
Linde is represented in a number of SRI funds, indices and rankings. These include the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World), the FTSE4Good Index Series, the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) and the STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index.