Air Products today said it is aiming to achieve at least 28% female and at least 20% minority representation in professional and managerial roles by 2025.

These measures are increases from 25 and 17% representation (2020 baseline), respectively, and are part of Air Products’ publicly stated goal of being the most diverse industrial gas company in the world.

With a broad operating scope and cultural landscape of more than 17,000 employees in over 50 countries, Air Products said it established these new targets following analysis of its global employee representation metrics and future talent needs, as well as assessing industry benchmarks and peer companies.

“This is another example of Air Products putting its values into action,” said Seifi Ghasemi, Air Products’ Chairman, President and CEO.

“Our higher purpose includes bringing people together to collaborate and innovate solutions to the world’s energy and environmental challenges.”

“In order to realise this, we want to further increase representation of diverse talent in our managerial and leadership positions and continue building an inclusive culture where all employees feel they belong and matter.”

Air Products plans to share progress towards these goals both internally and externally.

In its 2020 Sustainability Report for the first time, Air Products published 2019 metrics on the representation of US minorities and added an additional level of metrics for females in executive roles.

“We believe that by being transparent about our goals and our progress against them, we can visibly demonstrate our genuine commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and bring everyone along on the journey with us,” Ghasemi said.

The goals to increase the percentages of global female and US minorities in professional and managerial roles are the latest in a series of actions and programs to build an even more diverse and inclusive workplace at Air Products.