Human Resource Policy Statement
Air Products’ approach to human rights has been designed in alignment with the United Nations Global Compact and other human rights groups, leading companies, and other organizations worldwide. The purpose of this policy is to define our Human Rights Principles. Through adherence to this policy and our Employee Code of Conduct, we strive to prevent human rights abuses in our operations and businesses.
Air Products is committed to consistently treating employees with respect, fairness, and dignity.
Employees in all regions and locations shall conduct business consistent with the principles outlined in this policy and our Employee Code of Conduct. In so doing, they agree to preserve Air Products' commitment to ethical business and integrity at all times.
We respect local soverenty and operate according to local legal requirements including local human rights legislation and collective bargaining agreements.
Air Products provides employees the opportunity to work without fear of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment. It is the responsibility of managers and leaders, assisted by Human Resources, to maintain positive employee relations. The company abides by an open door policy and provides mechanisms for employees to have their questions and concerns resolved in a fair and timely manner.
Freedom of Engagement
Some of our employees are represented by officially designated third parties or designated/elected employee representatives. Air Products respects employees' voluntary freedom of association and right to bargain collectively and complies with pertinent locals laws where we operate.
Air Products is opposed to slavery, human trafficking and the use of forced labor of any kind.
Human Trafficking and Slavery, including California Supply Chain Act
Air Products does not support the use of child labor and does not hire children under the legal age for employment in any location where we operate. Further, we abide by a minimum age of 18 years for hazardous work regardless of local regulations.
We encourage the creation of training, apprenticeship, or intern programs tied to education.
Air Products is committed to sourcing materials from companies that share our values around human rights, ethics and environmental responsibility.
Statement on Conflict Materials
Diversity, Equal Opportunity, and Harassment
Air Products supports, encourages and values a diverse, multi-cultural workforce and fosters an environment that is supportive and appreciative of differences.
Air Products fully supports equal opportunity and strives to reflect the diversity of the communities where we do business. We invest in local talent pools, employ local workers, and provide training to improve skill levels where appropriate, in cooperation with worker representatives and relevant governmental authorities. We are committed to complying with all legislation in countries where we operate.
Air Products considers harassment, discrimination, and retaliation to be unjust and damaging to our work environment and maintains strong policy against such behavior. Our Harassment in the Workplace policy defines our commitment to a respectful work environment free of any manner of harassment, including but not limited to harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, citizenship, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or physical or mental disability. Consequences for violating the policy are also defined.
Compensation and Working Time
We provide compensation and benefits that are competitive. Our compensation and benefits comply with applicable laws. Air Products has established competitive pay levels that are based on job descriptions and independent of gender, age, ethnicity, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Our compensation philosophy is communicated and available to employees.
We are committed to complying with local legal requirements and collective bargaining agreements regarding working time and appropriate compensation.
Environmental Health, Safety, and Security
The safety and health of our people, customers and the communities where we live and operate remains our highest priority. In accordance with our Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) policy, we are committed to being an industry leader in EH&S performance, aiming to meet or exceed EH&S requirements, globally, through a global management system that applies to all of Air Products operations.
In support of our sustainability goals and environmental responsibility, we design and operate our facilities in a manner that protects the environment and the health, safety and security of our employees, contractors and the public. Procedures are in place to ensure the timely communication of any threats or security concerns to employees and community agencies and to deal appropriately with issues that may arise.
We are committed to developing and producing products that can be manufactured, distributed, used and recycled or disposed of in a safe, secure and sustainable manner.
Air Products specifically prohibits offering, promising, making, requesting, or accepting or agreeing to accept any payments or favors that might be considered improper or illegal. Employees are expected to adhere to existing policies for global competition, anti-corruption, and ethical business conduct. Employees are trained on anti-bribery and corruptions topics and are encouraged to report any suspicions of wrong doing via the company's IntegrityLine.
These Human Resource Principles have been communicated and are accessible to all employees.
Employees who believe that there may have been a violation of these Principles should report it through established channels including but not limited to:
- the manager of the department in which the violation occurred
- any member of Air Products management
- the employee's HR manager
- the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer (U.S.)
- the Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion, or
- the IntegrityLine—our company compliance assistance line. The IntegrityLine is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Country-specific toll-free dialing information to access the IntegrityLine, as well as Web access for reporting violations, is found in our Employee Code of Conduct.
No retaliatory actions will be taken against any employee who makes such a report in good faith or cooperates in an investigation of an alleged violation.
In furtherance of its commitment to Human Rights, Air Products routinely requires its suppliers, vendors and contractors to certify or contractually agree to abide by all laws, rules and regulations in effect in the countries and jurisdictions in which they do business. We may also require suppliers, vendors and contractors to agree to abide by the company's Human Rights policy, or demonstrate a commitment to Human Rights via their own policies.
The Vice President, Corporate Secretary, Chief Governance Officer and Interim General Counsel has overall responsibility for the administration of this policy.
The Vice President and Chief Risk Officer has overall responsibility for the IntegrityLine and Code of Conduct, including ensuring appropriate follow-through of reported violations.
Human Resources and Supervisors/Managers at all levels are responsible for upholding this policy and fully supporting the company's efforts to create a respectful, fair, and safe work environment; to model their behavior accordingly; and to report non-compliance with this policy.
Employees are responsible for treating co-workers with respect, valuing different thinking and ideas, working effectively across differences, and reporting any violations of the principles presented herein.