Linde PLC

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Ireland
Energy

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

By complying with Human Rights Campaign's controversial demands, Linde PLC, a global industrial gases and engineering company, increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company covers transgender-related medical costs for its employees and their children. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in marketing. Linde uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. Linde does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. However, it has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. Linde is a copper partner of Out & Equal and "proactively" trains its employees on unconscious bias. For these reasons, Linde PLC receives a Medium Risk rating.

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Corporate Weaponization
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Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.

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Linde PLC has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on views or beliefs. The company received a 90 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign. Among other requirements, this indicates the company has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies (1)(2).

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Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

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Linde PLC does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. Its focus areas are diversity and inclusion, education, environment, health and wellness, community support, and disaster relief (1).

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Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.

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Linde PLC does not provide its employees with protection against viewpoint discrimination (1)(2).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
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Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

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Linde PLC “proactively” trains its employees on unconscious bias (1). The company is committed to carbon neutrality by 2050 (2). Linde PLC publicly celebrates Pride Month on its social media and in 2023 it announced various locations would fly an LGBTQ Pride flag during June (3)(4). Linde’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company agrees to allow a controversial stakeholder group focused on sexual identity issues to dictate marketing or advertising strategy (5)(6). By doing so, the company risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders.

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Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.

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Linde’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company covers transgender related costs for its employees and their children, including paid short-term leave, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, chest surgeries, genital surgeries, medical visits and lab monitoring, travel and lodging. Additionally, the company has pledged philanthropic support of at least one organization or event that promotes sex and gender ideology (1)(2). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company increases health care costs and risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. Linde PLC is a copper sponsor of Out & Equal (3).

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Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.

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Rationale

Linde’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company publicly advocated for controversial sex and gender ideology through local, state or federal legislation or initiatives (1)(2). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders (3)(4).

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January 13, 2024

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