DANBURY, Conn., September 8, 2008 — For the sixth consecutive year, Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) has been selected as a component of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Praxair is the only industrial gases company to be included in the 2008 Index. Membership in the index ranks Praxair among the top 10 percent of chemical companies worldwide in terms of sustainability criteria. Only 320 of the 2,500 largest companies in 57 industry sectors worldwide are included in the Index.
The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index was launched in 1999 as the first equity benchmark to track the performance of leading corporations that are committed to sustainability on a global scale. Corporations are selected for the index after a thorough assessment of a wide range of economic, environmental and social criteria. Among the areas evaluated are corporate governance, environmental performance, risk management, supply-chain standards and labor practices.
"The selection of Praxair for this global index is a tribute to the 28,000 Praxair employees around the world who implement the sustainable economic, social, energy-efficient and environmental practices that are the foundation of Praxair’s long-term business success," said Praxair Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Angel.
Praxair is also a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index. More information on Praxair's corporate responsibility activities is available on www.praxair.com in the Corporate Responsibility section.
Praxair is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2007 sales of $9.4 billion. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies bring productivity and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and others. More information on Praxair is available on the Internet at www.praxair.com.
Susan Szita Gore