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 2017, at almost 40 conferences and roadshows around the world and several events for private investors, 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 2017 to 12.4 percent (2016: 12 percent).
Linde is represented in a number of SRI funds, indices and rankings. Among these is the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World), one of the best-known sustainability indices. Linde has been included in this index for the sixth year in succession. We performed particularly well, for example, in the following categories: product stewardship, working conditions and reporting on social issues. Other indices in which Linde is represented include the FTSE4Good Index Series, the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) and the STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index.