The Linde Code of Ethics defines clear standards which govern the way our employees interact with each other and how we behave towards stakeholders such as customers, suppliers, the authorities and business partners. The Code of Ethics is binding for all employees of The Linde Group and is supplemented by other global guidelines and standards outlining our commitment in core areas such as safety, the environment, health, product stewardship, supplier management and compliance.
As part of our global compliance programme, we have processes in place to identify and deal swiftly with any misconduct. We actively encourage our employees to ask for advice in good time if they have any concerns and to report any violations of our Code of Ethics, other Group guidelines or legal regulations.
Staff members can approach their direct line manager or department head, or they can contact a representative from Human Resources, Compliance, Legal Services or Internal Audit. Linde has also established a global reporting system, the Linde Integrity Line, as an additional reporting channel. This enables employees and external stakeholders such as customers and suppliers to report suspected violations, anonymously if they so wish.
We make sure that each case is individually examined and that the appropriate consequences are implemented.
The Integrity Line is managed by the Linde Integrity Committee, comprising Group representatives from Corporate Communications, Human Resources, Internal Audit and Legal Services.