Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition for Diversity and Inclusion

At Praxair, we strive to build stronger communities, deliver results, foster inclusiveness, and drive for diversity excellence. Throughout this journey, we have graciously received external acknowledgements, which we noted a few below:

  • Praxair recently received a score of 95 out of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index 2016 (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Praxair’s score reflects an enhanced commitment to LGBT workplace equality, with respect to tangible policies, benefits, and practices.  Next stop: 100!

  • Global Diversity Director, Vanessa Abrahams-John was awarded the 2014 Diversity & Inclusion Leader of the Year Award by Southern CT, Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the 2014 Women of Power award by National Urban League of Southern CT.

  • Community Engagement Leader Tamara Brown was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Heroes of the Fortune 500. She was recognized for founding Tech Savvy, a program that uses engaging hands-on activities to get young girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

  • Praxair was honored by the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Engineering and Applied Sciences with its first ever “Corporate Partner of the Year” award.

  • Praxair named Corporate Partner by the Westchester/Greater Connecticut Chapter of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) in 2013. Praxair’s support through the Global Giving Program helped fund the chapter’s Leaders of Tomorrow Program, which creates initiatives to help build America’s pipeline of leaders, and made it possible for students to attend the NBMBAA’s annual conference in Houston, Texas.

  • Retired General Counsel and Secretary Jim Breedlove named Diversity Champion by the American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel, renowned source for information and analysis on the legal issues impacting corporate America. In addition, Steve Angel (CEO, Praxair) honored Jim Breedlove in recognition of his legacy of leadership by announcing the James T. Breedlove Diversity Scholarship to African American Students. The scholarships, based on academic excellence, will be awarded in 2015 by the Executive Leadership Council.