For the third consecutive year, Praxair has been selected as a component of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.

This puts Praxair among the top ten percent of the world's largest 2,500 companies in 34 countries that are included in the index because of their industry leadership in corporate sustainability.

The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index was launched in 1999 as the first equity benchmark to track the financial performance of leading corporations, which are committed to sustainability on a global scale. Corporations are selected for the index after a thorough assessment of economic, environmental and social criteria with a major focus on long-term shareholder-value creation.

Praxair chairman and chief executive officer Dennis Reilley, said: \\$quot;Inclusion in this index recognises Praxair's superior performance across the full spectrum of corporate activity.

“It further reinforces our commitment to sustainable growth, building on our long track record of bringing innovative environmental and productivity benefits to our customers as well as our own operations.\\$quot;