Air Liquide Publishes Its First Sustainable Development Report and Takes Stock of Its 2021 Action
Air Liquide (Paris:AI) releases the inaugural
publication of its Sustainability Report which presents the Group’s
sustainability ambitions and extra-financial results. It showcases
its achievements in contributing to a low-carbon society, improving
the quality of life in healthcare and engaging with employees,
customers, suppliers and shareholders to nurture a safe, inclusive
and collaborative environment.
As the first Air Liquide publication dedicated exclusively to
the Group’s sustainability ambitions, the Sustainability
Report outlines the commitments announced on March 23, 2021
(ACT - Abatement, Care, Trust) and illustrates proof of its
actions to create positive and sustainable impacts for climate,
health and people. It also regroups key ESG indicators, in the
report as well as in an easy-access downloadable data format.
Air Liquide has long been integrating sustainability in its
strategy through its contributions to Environment, Social and
Governance (ESG) actions and commitments across its organization.
Unveiled on March 22, 2022, the Group’s new strategic plan for
2025, ADVANCE, further integrates sustainability into its strategy
by combining financial and extra-financial performance, positioning
Air Liquide to continue its growth trajectory while contributing to
a sustainable future.
The report provides an update of Air Liquide’s progress on its
ESG objectives in 2021.
- The Group reduced its carbon intensity by 24% versus 2015, and
is on track to achieve its objective of 30% reduction by
2025 with various decarbonization initiatives across the
organization. Despite the strong growth in activity, the Group’s
absolute CO2 emissions increased less than 1% on a comparable basis
versus past year. This is fully in line with the objective to
start decreasing its absolute emissions by 2025, and achieve a 33%
reduction by 20351 (vs. 2020) on the trajectory to reach
carbon neutrality by 2050.
- As a major global player in healthcare, the Group continued in
its pivotal role in improving the quality of life of chronic
patients at home in mature economies and by facilitating access to
medical oxygen for rural communities in low and middle income
countries, with more than 1 million people having benefited
from easier access to oxygen at the end of 2021.
- Through the Group’s efforts as a trusted partner, it increased
the percentage of women among its managers and professionals,
achieving 31% in 2021 (vs. 21% in 2012). It is well on the
way to reach its target of 35% by 2025. In addition, the Group
launched new initiatives to bring a common basis of care
coverage to 100% of its employees by 2025.
Fabienne Lecorvaisier, Executive Vice President and
member of the Executive Committee, in charge of Sustainable
Development, Public and International Affairs as well as the
supervision of Societal Programs and General Secretariat, said:
“Through the publication of the Sustainability Report, the Group
enhances its transparency to the market on the progress achieved
towards our stated sustainability ambitions announced on March 23,
2021. Sustainability is firmly embedded in the Group's strategy as
a concrete commitment and an enabler linking growth and sustainable
development, to build a better future for us all. We know where we
are today and where we want to go, and this clear understanding
distinguishes Air Liquide as a leader in sustainability.”
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A world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry
and Health, Air Liquide is present in 75 countries with
approximately 66,400 employees and serves more than 3.8 million
customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential
small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air
Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the core of the
company’s activities since its creation in 1902.
Air Liquide’s ambition is to be a leader in its industry,
deliver long term performance and contribute to sustainability -
with a strong commitment to climate change and energy transition at
the heart of its strategy. The company’s customer-centric
transformation strategy aims at profitable, regular and responsible
growth over the long term. It relies on operational excellence,
selective investments, open innovation and a network organization
implemented by the Group worldwide. Through the commitment and
inventiveness of its people, Air Liquide leverages energy and
environment transition, changes in healthcare and digitization, and
delivers greater value to all its stakeholders.
Air Liquide’s revenue amounted to more than 23 billion euros in
2021. Air Liquide is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange
(compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40, CAC 40 ESG, EURO STOXX
50 and FTSE4Good indexes.
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