Air Products Czech Republic has been recognized as the Best Company for Equal Opportunities by the independent organisation, Gender Studies, in coordination with the Ministry of Industry and Trade in the Czech Republic.

Air Products Czech Republic was unanimously selected by the expert panel of judges as the first place recipient of the 2006 award. The competition focused on the development of a company policy that incorporates equal opportunities for both men and women.

Air Products Czech Republic was credited for its $quot;Let's Relax$quot; initiative, which is part of an anti-stress program that aims to help employees better manage stress at work.

Also recognized was the Ladies Club, which acts as a platform to help solve issues for women working at Air Products in the Czech Republic.

Air Products was in good company with second place winners IBM and Microsoft, and third place winner Citigroup.