The key themes concerning our responsibility in economic and social spheres are derived from our own objectives, traditions and innovations as well as from general standards. The core areas are our values as a company, our customers and the markets in which we operate, climate and environmental protection, safety, our employees, and society. Since Messer Group GmbH was founded, we have been pursuing long-term objectives to take the company forward on an independent and profitable footing. We have always observed the principles of the “honourable businessman”, acting responsibly with regard to our place in society. Our corporate responsibility has been strategically embedded in our processes since 2014 through the cross-divisional Corporate Responsibility function. We have set ourselves measurable goals in the different business units to document our improvements and development. We are publishing these goals in this Corporate Responsibility Report for the 2018 financial year, which features comparisons with the results achieved in 2017. These key performance indicators are transparent and comparable, enabling our stakeholders to understand and assess how we are developing. In this context, we support our customers’ aim of checking and ensuring the sustainability of their own activities and supply chains. At our customers’ request we therefore also report to contracted third parties, for example EcoVadis, the “Carbon Disclosure Project” and the chemical industry’s worldwide “Responsible Care” initiative.