SHANGHAI, Jan. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Products (NYSE:APD) was presented with the 2020 Best Social Responsibility Brand Award at the 10th China Charity Festival award ceremony held in Shanghai on January 28-29. This is the sixth consecutive year the company has been recognized at this influential event for its corporate social responsibility(CSR) activities and continued contributions to social development in China.
Over the past six years, Air Products has received the same honor four times, and also won both of the Overall Community Care Award and Best Community Program Award two times.
"Sustainability is part of Air Products' higher purpose and at the core of everything we do. Through the Air Products Foundation and our employees' joint efforts, we continued to expand our CSR programs in 2020 amid challenging times posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Working together, we have continued to make a positive impact on the communities where we operate," said Simon Moore, vice president, Investor Relations, Corporate Relations and Sustainability at Air Products.
Air Products' key CSR activities in China in 2020 included:
Launched a new program to help provide safe and healthy drinking water
through the Air Products Foundation to more than 12,000 students at 17 rural schools in Xiangyuan county, Shanxi Province.
Continuing its LIN (liquid nitrogen) Ambassador gas science education program to foster the next generation's interest in innovation and scientific thinking through fun and safe LIN experiments. Now in its sixth year, the program has reached more than 7,000 students and teachers in 20 cities across the country.
Supported COVID-19 rescue and recovery efforts, including an immediate donation of 500,000 renminbi, approximately $70,000, to support the most urgent medical care needs; a $100,000 grant via the Air Products Foundation to assist recovery efforts; and deliveries of most needed medical liquid oxygen and helium to hospitals.
"As a corporate citizen, we have been 'Working here. Living here. Giving here.' in China for over 30 years and supporting our customers and diverse industries to improve energy efficiency, productivity and environmental performance with our gases, leading-edge application technologies and innovative solutions," said Saw Choon Seong, China president at Air Products. "This award is a strong recognition of our company's continued contributions. The honor belongs to our employees who are passionate about and actively involved in contributing to a sustainable world. We will continue to work together with our customers and other stakeholders to build a better future for China during the 14th Five-Year Plan period and beyond."
The 10th China Charity Festival, co-organized by dozens of Chinese mainstream media outlets, honored approximately 260 leading organizations from a wide range of industries with various awards. The judging panel consisting of leaders and experts from public welfare organizations, consulting firms, institutions and media evaluated all candidates according to the indicators of sustainability, creativity, adaptability, credibility and level of influence.
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) is a world-leading industrial gases company in operation for 80 years. Focused on serving energy, environment and emerging markets, the Company provides essential industrial gases, related equipment and applications expertise to customers in dozens of industries, including refining, chemical, metals, electronics, manufacturing, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the global leader in the supply of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment. The Company develops, engineers, builds, owns and operates some of the world's largest industrial gas projects, including: gasification projects that sustainably convert abundant natural resources into syngas for the production of high-value power, fuels and chemicals; carbon capture projects; and world-scale carbon-free hydrogen projects supporting global transportation and the energy transition.
The Company had fiscal 2020 sales of $8.9 billion from operations in 50 countries and has a current market capitalization of over $60 billion. More than 19,000 passionate, talented and committed employees from diverse backgrounds are driven by Air Products' higher purpose to create innovative solutions that benefit the environment, enhance sustainability and address the challenges facing customers, communities, and the world. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
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