June 25, 2014 Shanghai, China
Air Products (NYSE:APD), a US Fortune 500 company and a leading global supplier of industrial gases and performance materials, has been presented the “2014 Best Brand Image Award” at the 3rd China Finance Summit held in Beijing on June 20 in recognition of its contribution to China’s economic and social development. Air Products was among 40 leading companies from various industries receiving the award. Other winners included Unilever Shiseido and Johnson & Johnson (China).
Launched in 2012, the China Finance Summit is an annual event focusing on the country’s macro economy and finance industry and is co-organized by mainstream media to interpret economic trends and convey business values. Attendees include leaders from media, financial institutions, and multinational and local corporations. The theme of this year’s summit was “The Glory and the Dream”. China.com, Chinanews.com, Shaanxi Satellite TV, National Business Daily, China Trade News, Asia Business Leaders and Manager Magazine were some of the nearly 30 co-organizing local business and general media.
“It is a great honor for us to receive this recognition,” said Stephen J. Jones, senior vice president and general manager, Tonnage Gases, Equipment and Energy, and China President at Air Products. “Air Products is committed to building a more sustainable community and is proud to have been accelerating our growth in China to support the country’s economic and social development. The award is a great testimonial of our efforts on sustainable and innovative solutions, safety, talent development and community outreach. We will continue to be a responsible corporate citizen and to support the fulfillment of the “Chinese Dream’ as guided by our core values of understanding, integrity and passion.”
The judging panel comprised representatives from research institutes, consulting firms, academia and the media. Candidates were judged based on six criteria—company culture, social contribution, innovation capability, financial growth, brand influence and industry position. The organizer focused particularly on the future leading role that a company would play within its industry in driving the economic growth of China.
Air Products has been serving the China market for over 25 years with its leading edge technologies and solutions that help customers become more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. A responsible corporate citizen with a long-standing commitment to sustainability, Air Products took part in a variety of meaningful social responsibility initiatives and activities in 2013 including the sponsorship of China’s 2013 National University Chemistry Video Contest organized by the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers, China Chemical Society and Peking University to advocate green gas technologies for a better future; participation in the REACH (Resiliency Education: Advocacy Collaboration & Hope) program to develop teenagers’ strengths in middle schools in Shanghai through non-traditional subjects such as character, self-confidence, teamwork and emotional resilience; scholarship programs in nearly ten leading universities to cultivate talents; and driving the development of innovative solutions to support the sustainable growth of the industrial gas market.
Apart from this most recent award, Air Products was also rated among the “Top 100 Ideal Employers” by natural sciences talents in China for two consecutive years (2013 and 2014), and named a “Corporate Citizen Role Model” and granted the “2013 Green Chemical Award” by China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF) in recognition of its outstanding performance in sustainability.
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases; performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. Recognized as one of the world’s most innovative companies by both Thomson Reuters and Forbes magazine, more than 21,000 employees in over 50 countries supply effective solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2013, Air Products had sales of $10.2 billion. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release regarding important risk factors. Actual performance and financial results may differ materially from projections and estimates expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many factors not anticipated by management, including risk factors described in the Company’s Form 10K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2013.