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Air Products Wins Both Overall Community Care Award and Best Community Program Award for 2017 at 7th China Charity Festival

Air Products (NYSE:APD), a world-leading industrial gases company serving China for 30 years, has won the “2017 Overall Community Care Award” for its corporate citizenship and continued contributions to the community at the 7th China Charity Festival held January 29-30 in Beijing. In addition, the company’s Liquid Nitrogen (LIN) Ambassador Program was named “The Best Community Program of 2017.” 

The China Charity Festival is a non-profit event advocating philanthropic spirit and behavior of individuals and organizations, co-organized annually by over 30 Chinese mainstream media outlets since 2011 as a platform for in-depth dialogue and communication among various parties. Its judging panel, comprising leaders and experts from public welfare organizations, consulting firms, institutions and media, evaluates candidates and their projects according to the indicators of sustainability, creativity, adaptability, credibility and level of influence. While this year’s awards demonstrate further progress overall, Air Products has also received the” Best Social Responsibility Brand Award” for the last two years at the 5th and 6th China Charity Festivals.

“Receiving these two awards in 2017 has special meaning for us as we celebrated our 30th anniversary of doing business in China. A huge recognition of our continued contributions as a responsible corporate citizen, the honors go to all our people and encourage us to keep driving for our higher purpose to enable a more sustainable community,” said Saw Choon Seong, China president, Industrial Gases, at Air Products. “We will continue to leverage our innovative and sustainable solutions to build a better future together with our customers, employees and local communities during the 13th Five-Year Plan period and beyond. We are also committed to persistently advocating and conducting community programs to support China’s social development.” 

Air Products has been helping manufacturers in China improve productivity, efficiency, quality and environmental performance since 1987. The company has been engaged in many corporate social responsibility initiatives in China, including collaboration with leading local universities and other parties on various efforts such as research and development, best practice and knowledge transfer, campaign sponsorships, scholarships, internships and donations. 

In the area of community outreach, Air Products has been actively driving the LIN Ambassador Program in China since 2013 by leveraging its global resources and local gas expertise. The program is an educational initiative to foster the next generation’s interest in science and innovation by demonstrating gas applications in daily life through LIN experiments. By 2017, more than 2,900 students and teachers in over 50 local schools in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Dongguan, Tangshan and Nanjing have participated and benefited. The core team consists of experts from the company’s Asia Technology Center, doctorate degree holders who professionally conduct the LIN experiments. The program is customized with different experiments according to the students’ ages and needs of the communities and are run safely by employee volunteers.

In 2017, Air Products was named to Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens™ list for the sixth consecutive year. In China, the company was also recognized as a CSR Role Model at the 6th China Finance Summit for its good public image and outstanding community outreach efforts.

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