Air Liquide further engaged itself into responsibility objectives, as part of the Group strategy. This responsibility commitment is not new for Air Liquide and it goes hand in hand with the values the Group has previously expressed in its Action Principles and in its Sustainable Development Policy.
Air Liquide has decided to focus it’s Foundation’s action on three sectors:
Air Liquide’s Principles of Action reaffirm the Group’s values concerning its main stakeholders, the environment, innovation and the Group’s organization.
Creating value for shareholders by developing the Company’s activity and performance over the long term and communicating this performance in a transparent manner. Air Liquide and its shareholders have maintained, for over a century, a relationship of trust and the Group places its shareholders at the heart of its strategy with one objective: increasing the value of their investments through a sustained and regular growth of earnings and dividends over the long term. The loyalty of shareholders in the long term is a source of continuity of Air Liquide’s strategy.
Developing the potential of the Company’s men and women in their commitment to common objectives. Air Liquide considers it vital to promote diversity, facilitate and accelerate knowledge transfer, motivate and involve its employees and encourage social and human commitment.
Preserving life and the environment in the Group’s operations and at its customers’ sites. Safety and the environment are at the heart of the Company’s industrial policy. More than 40 industrial gas applications preserve life and the environment for the Group’s customers: these applications represent 43% of the Group’s revenue.
Innovating for tomorrow to guarantee the growth of the Company and its customers. Air Liquide files about 300 patents a year. Innovation and sustainable development are inseparable. Some 60% of the Research and Development budget is directly related to the sustainable development question, mainly dedicated to energy efficiency at Air Liquide and its customers’ sites, cleaner production, and use of new energies like hydrogen.