Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility

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Our corporate initiatives reflect our dedication to associates, customers and the community.

Airgas acts responsibly to help preserve the environment and to be a good neighbor in the communities we serve.

Airgas aims to minimize our impact on the environment and maximize our involvement in the community. Airgas’ corporate responsibility efforts focus on safety, business integrity, energy efficiency, air quality and emissions reduction, associate development and community engagement.

Safety Focused

We are committed to a deeply rooted safety culture that protects associates and customers in the workplace, on the road and in communities where we live and operate.


employee safety trainings


to reach long-term injury reduction goals


to process safety and hazard identification and mitigation at all sites


and deploying on-board cameras and collision avoidance systems


quickly to customer and plant emergencies around the country with the U.S. hazmat organization specifically trained to handle compressed gases, the Airgas Emergency Response Organization (AERO)

Culture of Integrity

We continue to build on our culture of integrity and compliance.


to the highest business conduct standards, Airgas commits to respecting human and labor rights and to protecting the environment


with all laws and regulations, notably on fair competition, and will not accept corruption in any form


Airgas Code of Conduct education and certification


ethics hotline and committee, ensuring associate concerns are addressed

Business Integrity

Energy Efficient

We are vigilant about reducing the environmental impact of our operations related to production and transportation.


invoicing, delivery receipts


use of renewable energy at Airgas facilities


delivery routes


to LED lighting at branches and plant facilities

Energy Efficiency

Improving Air Quality, Reducing Emissions

We act responsibly to preserve the environment and public health.


to the most efficient tractors and trailors available


to retread fleet tires


with manufacturers to capture and recycle by-products emitted from production facilities


trip routing program to reduce miles on the road


and offering cleaner manufacturing technologies and products to consumers

Preserving the Environment

Developing Our Associates

We cultivate an entrepreneurial and diverse workplace where people want to give their personal best and make an impact on the company and community.


training continues to average around 200,000 hours per year


in Air Liquide’s Technical Community Leaders program


advanced welding and safety training programs for customers


internship and apprenticeship programs

Associate Development

Engaged in Communities

We strive to be good neighbors, as a company that is known locally, nationwide.


Offering training, welding materials and safety supplies to growing list of underserved high schools and technical colleges


corporate partnership with Operation Homefront—donated $1 million+ in support of military families since 2008


Airgas National Disaster Relief Fund financial support to Airgas associates following natural disasters

Community Engagement

Airgas takes an entrepreneurial approach to community engagement efforts. Associates are empowered to support charities and organizations in the communities they serve, often partnering with local welding training programs to provide safety equipment, welding materials and training.

Company-wide initiatives include ourongoing support of Operation Homefrontas well as other efforts to support military service members and veterans.

High School Welding Education Initiative

In 2018, Airgas expanded our High School Welding Education Initiative to support underserved high school welding programs across the country. The partnership with local high schoolsinitially began in 2012 at the A. Phillip Randolph Technical High Schoolnear Airgas headquarters in Philadelphia.

While the welding industry is currently facing a shortage of skilled labor and STEM graduates, the field is also undergoing a rapid transformation and evolution in manufacturing technologies. There are more jobs than welders, and many of the jobs now require advanced skill sets to program and operate new robotic and automated cutting systems. Studies show that by 2025, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled, and two million are expected to go unfilled due to a skills gap.

Welding Initiative Report Card

Eight States
12 Schools
408 Participants

To date, the Airgas High School Welding Initiative has partnered with 12 schools in eight states, with 335+ participating students, 67+ teachers and administrators, 58+ Airgas associates with a total of 800+ hours spent on the project in 2019. Fifteen partners in the advanced fabrication industry have joined in to support donations of welding machines and cutting tables, safety equipment and consumables to schools in the program.

Airgas Supports Nekoosa HS Welding Education

Welding Teacher Training 2019
Salina, KS, High School