Air Products’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts have been recognised for the ninth consecutive year in being named to 2020’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens list.

The industrial gas giant rose to 26th in the rankings, up from 35th in the 2019 “100 Best” companies list, which recognises outstanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) transparency and performance among the 1,000 largest, public companies in the US.

“Today our world faces unprecedented challenges. Every company, community and employee has a role to play to heal our planet and build a brighter future,” said Seifi Ghasemi, Air Products’ Chairman, President and CEO.

“Sustainability and corporate responsibility are at the core of what we do. It is part of our higher purpose, and this recognition reaffirms our commitment to continue to reduce our environmental impact, build an inclusive culture and support the communities where we live and work through our actions every day.”

The 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking is based on 141 ESG transparency and performance factors in eight pillars: climate change, employee relations, environment, financial, governance, human rights, stakeholders and society, and ESG performance.

Using a methodology developed by 3BL Media, all Russell 1000 Index companies are researched by ISS ESG, the responsible investment research arm of Institutional Shareholder Services.

To compile the ranking, corporate data and information is obtained from publicly available sources only, rather than questionnaires or company submissions. Companies have the option to verify data collected for the ranking.

Data and information used in the 2020 edition of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking is from 6th March 2019 to 13th March 2020.

Air Products aligns its corporate responsibility efforts under economic, environmental and social categories using its “Grow, Conserve and Care” model.

While growing responsibly through sustainability-driven opportunities that benefit its customers and the world, Air Products strives to conserve resources and care for its employees, customers and communities.