We need reliable parameters and social acceptance of our business goals in order to be successful in the long term. Our dialogue with politicians, governments and social groups aims to win support for our objectives.
The Linde Group's Public Affairs & Government Relations department, based in Berlin, plays a critical role in this dialogue. The department steers the company’s sociopolitical interests and its work on behalf of trade associations.
For Linde, current key issues include the impact of the transformation of energy systems, European emissions trading, the expansion of e-mobility, and questions regarding industrial and research policy. Thanks to our Clean Technology portfolio, we are able to do our part to reduce the consumption of natural resources and to prevent emissions that are damaging to the environment. Hydrogen in particular, a clean energy carrier for the 21st century, can make a significant contribution to achieving these goals.
Linde is a member in several national industry associations, such as the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). On a European level, Linde's interests are represented among others by the VCI office in Brussels and the European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA) – both of which are listed in the Transparency Register for industry representatives.
We generally support the introduction of such lobby registers as one way of encouraging industry representation characterised by integrity and transparency. However, such a register should be part of a voluntary commitment.
Linde does not delegate employees to serve in public institutions, nor does it participate in exchange programmes with public agencies.
As a company, we do not make donations to political parties or candidates.
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