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Sustainability in Action

We are committed to helping our customers improve their sustainability performance, reducing our environmental impacts, and supporting our employees, communities and stakeholders. 
We have a dream for the future and through our actions, we are making our dream a reality. I can assure you of our continuing commitment and dedication to stand together and work together to make a difference for our world.
Seifi Ghasemi, Air Products Chairman, President and CEO
Here are some recent examples that show how we are putting our sustainability commitments into action.

Near Perfect Score for LGBTQ+ Workplace Equality

March 2024

Graphic illustrating diversity recognitionAir Products has received a score of 95 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Air Products is one of more than 1,000 major U.S. businesses ranked in the 2023-2024 CEI.

“Everyday Air Products strives to create a workplace where every employee knows they belong and matter. Our goal is to cultivate a culture where employees are proud of their contributions and feel free to be their authentic selves,” said Victoria Brifo, Air Products’ senior vice president and Chief Human Resources Officer. “Air Products is honored to be recognized by the 2023-2024 Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, but we know there is always more work to be done.”

The HRC Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars: non-discrimination policies across business entities, equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families, supporting an inclusive culture, and corporate social responsibility.

In addition to taking part in the Corporate Equality Index, Air Products’ has also recently been recognized by Newsweek as one of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity for 2024.

Air Products was one of seven large companies in its industry group to receive a five-star rating by Newsweek. According to Newsweek, the publication, along with market data research firm Plant-A Insights Group, created a scoring process using publicly available data, interviews with human resource professionals, and an anonymous online survey conducted among a diverse group of employees in the U.S. Respondents shared insights into corporate culture, working environments and other aspects of both their own companies and others they were familiar with, resulting in over 1.5 million company reviews.

Keyper the robot supports safety and maintenance teams

January 2024

Keyper the robotAt our El Morrell plant in Tarragona, Spain, a Labrador-sized four-legged robot patrols a 12,000-square meter industrial plant.

The robot, called Keyper, is an innovative safety device used at the Carburos Metálicos industrial gas facility to detect and warn about issues at the facility that separates industrial gases such as oxygen, nitrogen and argon from the air.

Using advanced artificial intelligence, Keyper supports the safety and maintenance teams with its information processing capacity that allows it to detect and anticipate anomalies. Predictive actions that facilitate the normal operation of the plant are enabled through data analysis and tools such as cameras, microphones and sensors.

Keyper carries out maintenance rounds at the El Morell facility to collect, record and interpret data that could be significant for improving safety, such as thermal imaging, detection and reading of pressure gauges and meters, sound analysis of engines and equipment, and 3D mapping of the entire environment. Thanks to its advanced autonomous navigation technology, Keyper is able to warn in real time of any potential issues it detects during maintenance rounds.

The layout of the El Morell plant is another challenge that Keyper overcomes, given that facility has areas of grass, stones, asphalt, slopes and stairs. The plant also houses Carburos Metálicos' fleet of tankers in Tarragona, so Keyper coexists and interacts with lorries circulating inside the plant.

Miquel Lope, general manager of Carburos Metálicos, said "with this pioneering initiative in the industry, we are anticipating the future. Keyper, the most advanced robot of its kind in the world, will allow us to enhance the control capacity of the plant's operating parameters and its direct application in safety and predictive maintenance. This is not only important for Carburos Metálicos, but also represents a very important advance for the entire chemical sector."

Sustainability and Diversity Efforts Recognized

November 2023 

Gold starsAir Products has been recognized by Time magazine on its inaugural list of the World’s Best Companies 2023. Time and Statista ranked companies based on a formula of revenue growth, employee-satisfaction surveys, and rigorous environmental, social and corporate governance data.

The Time magazine recognition is the latest for Air Products’ sustainability and diversity efforts. Earlier this year, we also earned a spot on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies list for the 5th consecutive year, ranking 46th on this year’s list.

For its annual ranking of the most sustainable companies, Barron’s worked with Calvert Research and Management, which analyzed the 1,000 largest publicly traded companies by market value. Calvert then ranked each one by how it performed for five key constituencies: shareholders, employees, customers, community, and the planet. Specifically, Calvert looked at more than 230 ESG (environmental, social and governance) performance indicators from seven ratings companies including ISS, MSCI, and Sustainalytics, along with using other data and Calvert’s internal research.

Air Products also has been recognized by Forbes magazine as a Net Zero Leader and one of America’s Best Employers for Women 2023. In addition to Air Products’ inclusion on the overall Best Employers for Women list, we were ranked second in the construction, oil and gas operations, mining and chemicals industry group.

To create the Net Zero Leaders list, Forbes used data from research providers Sustainalytics and MorningStar to rank the U.S. Companies best positioned to be net zero by 2050.

To learn more about the organizations that have recognized Air Products’ sustainability and diversity efforts, visit our Sustainability Recognition page.

Landscaping Design Rooted in Sustainability

September 2023

Sustainable landscaping design at Air Products' global headquarters in Lehigh Valley, PennsylvaniaEarly corporate campuses in the U.S. were originally designed for research scientists and engineers who would be familiar with landscaped gardens or tree-lined lanes from their university-like campuses. It was seen as a serene workplace, but that serenity came at a priceusing water and fossil fuels, and constant landscaping management.

Today’s diverse landscaping at Air Products' global headquarters is quite different. The native plantings in the meadows mirror our workforcediverse, hardy and symbiotic, always with an eye towards sustainability. This move towards more environmentally friendly landscaping was the focus of a recent New York Times article that featured Air Products.

One thing that has not changed is the manicured corporate campuses of yesteryear and today’s global headquarters still have something in commona sense of community. With a Fitness Center and outdoor social spaces, the Air Products landscaping is designed symbolically and practically to promote interaction and collaboration with colleagues and nature.

For some employees and neighbors, it has taken some time to readjust the way we see our surroundings, but the headquarters’ multi-year meadow project is already winning hearts and minds.

Nitrogen, a Solution for Safer, More Sustainable Tires

July 2023

Nitrogen dispenser to inflate vehicle tires at the El Cubillo service station in Telde, Gran Canaria, SpainCarburos Metálicos, a leading company in the industrial and medical gases sector in Spain that is part of the Air Products Group, has installed its first nitrogen dispenser to inflate vehicle tires at the El Cubillo service station in Telde, Gran Canaria, Spain.

Compared to commonly used compressed air, nitrogen is an inert gas devoid of dust, oil and moisture, which are the main factors in premature tire ageing. Nitrogen is also more stable and delays pressure loss, which means tires last longer under optimal conditions, extending their resistance and service life.

With the addition of the nitrogen dispenser, Carburos Metálicos is offering drivers a product that until now was primarily used by professionals in sectors such as aviation and racing competitions.

Previously, European regulations limiting pollutant emissions from motor vehicles did not consider the environmental and human health impact of vehicle tires. However, the future Euro 7 standard, which is expected to come into effect in 2025, will limit not only the emission of polluting gases but also particles that are generated by friction between the tire and the road. The new regulation will apply to all vehicles, including electric vehicles.

Tires inflated with nitrogen reduce fuel consumption because they retain the optimum pressure level longer, thus reducing the vehicle's rolling resistance. This ultimately results in lower greenhouse gas emissions.

The nitrogen supplied by Carburos Metálicos for this service station is produced and packaged in the Canary Islands, specifically at the plant that the company operates in Telde.

"Sustainability is at the heart of Carburos Metálicos' activity and the promotion of nitrogen use in tire inflation is aligned with our desire to offer products that allow drivers to increasingly reduce polluting emissions. Therefore, through this type of initiative we collaborate to generate a cleaner future," said Miquel Lope, General Manager of Carburos Metálicos.

Employees Celebrate Third Annual Week of Inclusion

June 2023

Air Products recently celebrated its third annual Week of Inclusion across the globe. This year’s celebration focused on the theme of “Ownership” and the role every employee plays in creating an inclusive workplace that celebrates our differences.

To kick off the week, Air Products’ executives welcomed employees by sharing their thoughts and personal insights on how everyone can take steps to build an inclusive workplace culture. Air Products’ executives who participated in the discussion included: Dr. Samir J. Serhan, Chief Operating Officer; Victoria Brifo, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer; Francesco Maione, President, Americas; and Sean Major, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. 

Employees were challenged to take an active role in creating a culture of inclusion and belonging. Throughout the week, employees engaged and collaborated with coworkers at remote sites, plants and terminals in addition to traditional office locations. 

Each region across the globe hosted several sessions, in-person and virtually, focused on a variety of topics related to inclusion in the workplace. Highlights included:

  • Asia: Leaders shared perspectives in a panel discussion on taking ownership and action to drive our diversity goals, specifically attracting and retaining female talent, psychological barriers faced by women in the workplace, and why diversity, inclusion and belonging (DIB) is important to Air Products’ business.
  • Europe & Africa: A panel discussion with employees and leaders referencing ownership of DIB and strategies to activate a DIB manifesto.
  • India: Published a podcast on “Owning Inclusion and Belongingness in the Workplace,” which featured several regional leaders.
  • Middle East: Facilitated a variety of sessions in multiple countries on self-awareness and speaking up, micro-aggressions, co-creating an inclusive culture, and a leader’s role in creating a psychologically-safe environment.
  • North America: Hosted the global keynote event featuring Minda Harts, an author, speaker, and CEO of the Memo, a career development company. Harts highlighted steps employees can take to create a more inclusive workplace.  
  • South America: Hosted a session on actions employees can take to be more inclusive with deaf colleagues. Participants learned from two deaf employees and their leaders about their experience working at Air Products, their day-to-day interaction with other employees and their life experience. The session was guided by two sign language interpreters for employees from Ecuador and Chile. 

To learn more about Air Products’ diversity efforts, please see Air Products’ 2023 Sustainability Report

Air Products Foundation Donates $25,000 to WaterAid

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train Demo in Poland Follows Successful Hydrogen Bus Demo

Increasing Our Commitment to Sustainability

A First of Firsts for Hydrogen in China

Net-Zero Hydrogen Energy Complex in Canada


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