About This Report

This Sustainability Report covers the sustainability activities of Linde Material Handling EMEA (“Linde MH” in this report) in the 2022 financial year. Linde MH, a KION Group company, is a leading global manufacturer of forklift trucks and warehouse trucks, and a solutions and service provider for intralogistics. With a sales and service network that spans more than 100 countries, the company is represented in all major regions around the world.

Since 2012, Linde MH has been working on a systematic and comprehensive sustainability strategy to address the current challenges facing the company and its stakeholders:

  • Climate change and scarcity of resources
  • The protection of human rights
  • Health and demographic change
  • Ensuring diversity and equal opportunities

This report presents the strategies, measures, objectives, and key figures that Linde MH uses to manage and measure its sustainability activities in the facts and figures section.

Reporting Period and Scope

The facts and figures section of the Linde MH Sustainability Report 2022 relates to the 2022 financial year, covering the period January 1 to December 31, 2022. In the stories section of the report, sustainability activities are reported on throughout the year and the content is continuously updated. The content relates to all Linde MH consolidated companies in the EMEA region* (operating structure), based in 18 countries, and includes the plants as well as the sales and service companies.

*EMEA = Europe, the Middle East, and Africa

Linde MH EMEA is part of the KION Group and a core brand within the KION ITS EMEA Operating Unit in the 2022 financial year.

As a fully consolidated subsidiary of the KION Group, Linde MH is subject to a separate non-financial statement pursuant to Sections 315b and 315c in conjunction with Sections 289c to 289e of the German Commercial Code (Handelsgesetzbuch, HGB), which is covered by the sustainability reporting of the parent company, KION. Based on the material issues of the regularly updated Group-wide materiality analysis, the consolidated non-financial statement forms part of the KION Group Sustainability Report 2022. The independent auditor’s report on a business audit to obtain limited assurance on the sustainability report in accordance with Section 315b HGB, Regulation (EU) 2020/852, and the standard criteria of the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) is available on the KION Group website. In addition, the KION Group Sustainability Report 2022 meets the requirements of the SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) in accordance with the sector standard “Industrial Machinery & Goods” (version 2018-10) and the recommendations of the TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures).

Collection of Data and Information

The key performance indicators (KPIs) in this report were essentially collected from 49 reporting units. Data for 14 production and administration locations (referred to as “plants”) was collected individually, while 35 disclosure points for sales and service companies in some cases comprise aggregated data from several locations. Varying degrees of data-gathering aggregation are indicated wherever relevant, where in exceptional cases the data does not cover all employees or subsidiaries in the scope of this report.

The figures in this Sustainability Report have been rounded in accordance with commercial practice. This may result in differences between the sum of the individual amounts given in the tables and the overall totals stated, as well as between the figures stated in the tables and their analysis in the main text of the Sustainability Report. All percentage changes and KPIs were calculated based on the underlying data.

The data collection which provides the main basis for the KPIs presented in this report is supported across the Group by several internal reporting channels.

Forward-looking Statements

This report contains forward-looking statements based on the current plans, objectives, outlooks, and estimates of the management of Linde MH. The management cannot guarantee that these forward-looking statements will prove to be correct. The future development of Linde MH EMEA and its subsidiaries, and the results that are actually achieved, are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements.

Further Information and Resources

Further information on Linde MH’s sustainability approach can be found on the company’s website at http://www.linde-mh.com/

Further information on sustainability at Group level can be found on the KION Group website and in the KION Group Annual Report 2022.