Cooperation for sustainability
We regularly review the demands placed upon the Group by our major stakeholders. These include our employees, customers, shareholders, suppliers, and neighbours in the vicinity of our business locations. Other relevant interest groups with whom we are continually in contact are politicians, economists, scientists and non-governmental organisations.
We work together with scientific institutions and other companies to promote, for example, the development of sustainable solutions in the energy supply and mobility sectors. 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.
Linde is 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 Mechanical 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, one of which is econsense – Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business.
In 2017, our dialogue with politics and society focused in particular on the proposed merger with the company Praxair. Taking into account financial market regulations, we provided information to decision-makers in Germany about the industrial logic of the merger of equals and the necessary steps in the process. Moreover, we addressed the role of innovative Linde technologies in the implementation of the Paris climate agreement. Linde is also an active member of the Hydrogen Council, a global alliance of companies aiming to promote hydrogen technologies and place greater emphasis on their significance in the political arena.
In our contacts with political decision-makers in Germany and Europe, we made the case for ensuring competitive conditions in energy and climate policy. We also analysed political developments in Qatar, Russia and Iran and their impact on Linde’s business areas, and coordinated the resulting dialogue with political decision-makers.