Ball makes further sustainability improvements

Can making giant Ball Corporation has been recognised for its progress on sustainability.

The company has reduced its global energy use by two per cent and waste-to-landfill by six per cent.

All reductions are based on per unit of production. Eleven of Ball’s manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe now send no waste to landfill, compared to six facilities in 2009.

Ball has been selected for two sustainability and social responsibility indexes and is included in a list of companies that provides the basis of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.

“Our efforts focus on achieving economic, environmental and social sustainability – the triple bottom line,” says John Hayes (pictured), president and chief executive officer. “We continue to invest in our businesses to create value for our stakeholders, and our sustainability efforts contribute meaningfully to our company’s bottom line. We are gratified and honored to have been recognised by organisations that value so highly corporate responsibility.”

Ball was recently selected for the following indexes:

  • The FTSE4Good Index Series, designed to measure the performance of companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards, has selected Ball as a member for the third consecutive year.
  • The Calvert Social Index(R), a broad-based, rigorously constructed benchmark for measuring the performance of US-based sustainable and responsible companies.
  • SAM’s annual Sustainability Yearbook, which recognised Ball as a member of the 2011 Bronze Class. SAM is an investment group focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing, and the SAM results provide the basis for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.

“Our environmental and social sustainability priority areas are energy, waste, water, packaging, safety and talent management,” adds Gerri Walsh, Ball’s director of sustainability. “We know that progress will come incrementally. We continue to improve our environmental and social performance on a global basis as we work toward our goals, and we expect to make more progress in 2011.”

The 2010 data excludes the impact of two aluminum slug plants acquired by Ball in July 2010. Data from those plants will be included in Ball’s next sustainability report, due out in mid-2012.

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