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Air Products receives 2014 Best Brand Image Award

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Air Products has been presented the ‘2014 Best Brand Image Award’ at the 3rd China Finance Summit held in Beijing in 20 June in recognition of its contribution to China’s economic and social development.

In 2013, the company took part in a variety of social responsibility initiatives and activities, including the sponsorship of China’s 2013 National University Chemistry Video Contest, organized 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 innovation solutions to support the sustainable growth of the industrial gas market.

Air Products was among 40 leading companies from various industries receiving the award. Other winners included Unliever Shiseido and Johnson & Johnson (China).

The China Finance Summit was launched in 2012 and is an annual event focusing on the country’s macro economy and finance industry and is co-organised by mainstream media to interpret economic trends and convey business values.

The judging panel for the award included representatives from research institutes, consulting firms, academia and the media. Candidated were judged 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.

Stephen J. Jones, senior vice president and general manager, tonnage gases, equipment and energy, commented: “It is a great honour for us to receive this recognition. 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 effort on sustainable, 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”.

Apart from this most recent award, Air Products has also rated among the ‘Top 100 Ideal Employers’ by natural science 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 sustainability.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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