Ball announces winners of sustainability award

US can maker Ball Corporation has presented five of its plants with the Hoover Sustainability Award.

Ball’s annual R. David Hoover Sustainability Award was established in 2011 in honour of the company’s former president and CEO. This is the award program’s inaugural year and five Ball plants out of 61 around the globe earned the award for making significant improvements in economic, social and environmental performance.

The following plants won the award:

* Findlay, Ohio (Metal Beverage Packaging Division, Americas)

* Springdale, Ark. (Metal Food & Household Products Packaging Division, Americas)

* Oss, Netherlands (Ball Packaging Europe)

* Braunschweig, Germany (Metal Beverage Packaging, Ends)

* Beijing, China (Ball Asia Pacific Ltd)

The plants were scored on their achievements during 2011 toward reducing electricity, natural gas and water usage; reducing waste and volatile organic compounds (VOCs); improving their safety records; commitment to recycling; and promoting Ball’s packaging products within their communities. Additional points were awarded for commitment to sharing best practices and innovative ideas with other plants. The five recipients represent the highest scores in each of Ball’s divisions.

“Sustainability is a key part of our Drive for 10 vision, which we also introduced in 2011,” says John Hayes, president and CEO. “By embracing our triple bottom line approach – balancing the economic, environmental and social impacts of our products and operations in our decision-making process – our plants create long-term value for all of our stakeholders. Every sustainable action we take brings us closer to achieving our Drive for 10 vision.”

Hoover is currently chairman of Ball’s board of directors. He was instrumental in initiating Ball’s formal sustainability program. Ball Corporation is planning to release its third sustainability report later this spring.

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