Through our Care activities we work to ensure the health and safety of our employees, contractors, customers and communities while promoting the development of our people, diversity and inclusion, and engaging with our host communities.
Safety and HealthSafety is central to our company goal of being the safest, most diverse, and most profitable industrial gas company in the world. We also believe it is a moral obligation. We want our employees to return home to their families safe and healthy. Our goal remains zero accidents and zero incidents.
Our beliefs about safety have been instituted for decades through our Total Safety Values, which stress that nothing is more important than safety and that adherence to safety is a condition of employment. Our current leadership has built on this strong foundation, making us an even safer company.
We have improved our employee lost-time injury rate by 58 percent and our recordable injury rate by 38 percent since 2014.
Product SafetyEssential to product safety is ensuring that customers and others handling our products have complete safety information. Safety information from our product safety reviews is used in safety data sheets (SDS), which are a primary vehicle for communicating hazards information. We also comply with EU REACH legislation and share product hazards through labels that are compliant with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), internally-developed Safetygrams and customer training.
Safety training can be arranged by contacting your sales representative. If you are not sure who your sales representative is, call our Customer Service Organization at 800-224-2724, and they will be glad to help you contact your representative. For assistance involving Air Products' gases and equipment, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call 800-523-9374 (continental U.S. and Puerto Rico) or 610-481-7711 (other locations).
People and CultureWe are focused on attracting, building and retaining a world-class and highly skilled workforce to deliver on our growth ambitions. Our overarching goal is to be the most diverse industrial gas company in the world, and we are working every day to build a workforce that reflects the places where we do business.
We are creating a work environment where every employee knows they belong and matter. Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) are embedded throughout our company and demonstrated by our leadership commitment and extensive programs. For example, we engage with external diversity partners to support talent and development within our organization and have 13 Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that provide connections and build affinities between groups of employees while enabling exposure to different career paths.
In FY22, we increased the representation of women in senior leadership to 23 percent, up from 20 percent in FY21. We also increased the representation of U.S. minorities in our workforce to 28 percent, up from 26 percent in FY21. Relative to our 2025 diversity goals, we maintained female representation at 26 percent in our professional and managerial population globally and increased the percentage of U.S. minorities in these roles to 25 percent, up from 22 percent in FY21. We remain committed to achieving our 2025 diversity goals.
CommunitiesFor over 80 years, Air Products has been building relationships and contributing to the well-being of our host communities around the world. We do this in a variety of ways: through financial contributions from the Air Products Foundation, in-kind donations, employee directed giving, and employee volunteerism with non-profit organizations. Our support priorities include education and workforce development, diversity and inclusion, health and human services, community and economic development, arts and culture, and environment and safety. We work closely with community partners, including non-profit organizations, emergency responders, elected officials, and education, business, and community leaders to identify the highest impact opportunities.
The Air Products Foundation is proud to support our global headquarters community in eastern Pennsylvania through the Lehigh Valley Grants Program. For consideration, eligible nonprofits in our headquarters community can apply using the Air Products Foundation Lehigh Valley Grant Application. For questions about the program and eligibility, please contact Laurie Hackett at (610) 481-6118.