SHANGHAI, March 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- It's tree-planting season at Air Liquide China again. On March 24, the company continued its tradition of planting trees as a Corporate Social Responsibility project each spring when around 30 employees visited Xinzhuang Industrial Park in Shanghai's Minhang District, to spend the morning planting some trees on the grounds of two local schools – Tianhengmingdu Kindergarten and Xindu Primary School.
In selecting the trees for planting, Air Liquide China chose either fruit trees or flowering trees. This allowed the activity to not only add beauty to the schools, but also to help educate children about different stages of growth as they care for the trees.
Commenting on the event, Air Liquide China Chief Operating Officer Yan Jinping said: "This year marks the first time we have brought our 9-year tradition of tree-planting to schools in our community. I was so pleased to see the children actively involved in the activity. It was a meaningful way to connect them to nature and their environment, which is also an extension of our company's environmental protection culture."
As an annual nationwide tree-planting campaign organized by Air Liquide China since 2009, "Green Action" aims to raise awareness of environmental protection among employees. The campaign has grown popular among company staff across China in recent years. Last year, over 600 employees and their family members from 58 sites in 35 cities across China participated in the campaign locally, planting a total of over 1,700 trees.
Responsibility is at the core of Air Liquide culture. The company commits itself to developing local economies, protecting life and the environment, and contributing to communities. Under its Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) umbrella program called "Air Liquide Care", in addition to "Green Action", Air Liquide China promotes other initiatives including the "Marathon First Responder Program", "Road Safety Lectures", and the recycled computer donation program "Air Liquide Computer Classroom".
Air Liquide in China
operates nearly 90 plants and employs more than 4,000 employees today. With a strong presence in the key coastal industrial areas, Air Liquide China is now expanding into the center, south and west. Its main business activities include industrial and medical gas operations, Engineering & Construction (designing, manufacturing and installing air separation units/hydrogen facilities), as well as innovation activities.
Air Liquide Group
The world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 67,000 employees and serves more than 3 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 lead its industry, deliver long term performance and contribute to sustainability. The company's customer-centric transformation strategy aims at profitable 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 € 18.1 billion in 2016 and its solutions that protect life and the environment represented more than 40% of sales. Air Liquide is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40, EURO STOXX 50 and FTSE4Good indexes.