Policies and Position Statements
Human Rights Policy
Linde is a leading industrial gases and engineering company with approximately 75,000 employees globally, serving a diverse group of industries across more than 100 countries worldwide. Linde delivers innovative and sustainable solutions to customers and creates long-term value for all stakeholders. The company achieves its mission of making our world more productive by providing products, technologies and services that help customers improve their economic and environmental performance in a connected world. Read the full policy.
Linde’s Position Statement on the Importance of Ecosystems
Linde’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) policy calls for the company to exhibit behaviors and values that reflect the highest value it places on avoiding harm to people, the environment and the communities in which Linde operate. This commitment includes a commitment to the natural environment. Read the full statement.
Water Position Statement
Water scarcity and lack of access to clean water are global challenges affecting individuals, community, and industry, and the availability of water is projected to be further impaired by the effects of climate change. Linde utilizes water in its operations, primarily for cooling processes and in hydrogen production. Linde makes efforts to conserve water and impacts on water are minimized: More than 75 percent of global freshwater withdrawal is returned to its original source, at same or better quality. Responsible management of water is an essential element of Linde’s sustainability strategy. Read the full statement.
Linde's Position Statement Regarding Chemicals of Concern
Linde’s commitment to health, safety, and environmental responsibility means that we always act and operate in a way that prevents harm to people, the environment, and the communities in which we operate. Our Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) policy calls for the company to exhibit behaviors and values that reflect the high value we place on this commitment . It applies to all Linde employees and contractors and all Linde business activities. We expect all our employees and contractors to conduct themselves at all times in alignment with our values, commitments, and principles in this statement. Read the full statement.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Recalculation Policy
Linde has used 2018 as the base year for our greenhouse gas (GHG) emission calculations related to SD2028 targets and 2021 as the base year for our greenhouse gas (GHG) emission calculations related to the 2035 target and 2050 climate neutrality ambition. GHG emissions for scope 1 and 2 are per the audited values, as published in its 2021 SD Report, and this inventory is annually presented in each SD Report. In order to accurately track progress towards our GHG intensity targets, we will adjust our base year emissions inventory to account for significant changes, described below, if the changes drive an increase/decrease in emissions of greater than 5%, in accordance with the GHG Protocol guidance Tracking Emissions Over Time. We may also choose to recalculate our baseline for changes less than 5%, especially when structural changes occur. Read the full policy.
Responsible Animal Testing Policy
Linde is committed to animal welfare. Animal testing is rarely needed for the manufacture of Linde products or services and our goal is to eliminate animal testing. It may be used only where required by government regulation or as a last resort, when all other options, including searches for computer models, scientific studies, published literature, etc. have been exhausted. Any required animal testing will be reviewed and approved by the Chief Technology Officer. When we determine that scientific animal testing is needed, Linde mandates the humane treatment of animals. We do not conduct any animal testing in our own laboratories. We select laboratories that comply with high standards and applicable government regulations governing laboratory animal care and treatment, such as the U.S. Animal Welfare Act, and that follow procedures set out by standards bodies such as the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care - International, or the National Institutes of Health (Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals), or recognized equivalent standards. Read the full policy.