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15 November 2021

Ball Beverage Packaging South America (BPSA) has achieved ASI Performance and Chain of Custody Standard Certification for the manufacturing of can bodies and can ends at 15 facilities across four countries, becoming the first can manufacturer in the South American region to achieve dual ASI Certification. Ball Corporation previously achieved dual certification at 23 of its facilities in the Middle East, Europe and Africa in 2020.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Ball BPSA has been successfully certified against ASI Performance and Chain of Custody (CoC) Standards for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium­­­­­­. Certification has been achieved all (15) of their manufacturing facilities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay that produce beverage can bodies and/or ends, bringing the total number of Ball Corporation’s dual certified facilities to 38, worldwide.

The ASI Certification program was developed through an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation process and is the only comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative for the aluminium value chain.  The ASI Performance Standard defines environmental, social and governance principles and criteria, with the aim to address sustainability issues in the aluminium value chain. It sets out 59 criteria under the three sustainability pillars of Governance, Environment and Social, which address key issues such as biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples rights, and greenhouse gas emissions. The plants have received Provisional Performance Standard Certification under the ASI Interim Policy regarding Audits, Audit-Related Travel and Coronavirus, which clarifies the reasonable accommodations that can be made to audit plans in consideration of the current COVID-19 situation.

The ASI CoC Standard sets out requirements for the creation of a Chain of Custody for material that is produced and processed through the value chain into diverse downstream sectors. The implementation of ASI’s CoC Standard links verified practices at successive steps of the supply chain – certified under the ASI Performance Standard – to the products produced by ASI Certified Entities.

The independent, third-party audit of the Ball BPSA facilities was carried out by DNV Business Assurance Services UK Ltd.  The audit has been undertaken as a ‘desktop’ exercise, in accordance with ASI Interim Policy regarding Audits, Audit-Related Travel and Coronavirus, and included a remote review of relevant documentation with virtual site tours and interviews via video conferencing.

Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said “ASI warmly congratulates Ball BPSA on achieving Performance and Chain of Custody Standard Certifications at these 15 can body and end production facilities in South America. While stakeholders often focus on the environmental aspects of sustainability performance, we are pleased to see that Ball also focuses strongly on social impact.  Its global and regional 2030 social goals and initiatives include employee gender balance and ethnic diversity targets, inclusivity and anti-bias training, and policy focus on protection against discrimination and harassment.  We congratulate Ball Corporation and BPSA on this latest set of certifications and their broader commitment to sustainability across their global operations.”

Carlos Pires, President, Ball Beverage Packaging South America, said, “Being the first company in South America in the aluminium packaging sector to achieve both Performance and Chain of Custody Standard certifications proves that we are on the right path towards the sustainability of our products and operations. The aluminium can is already a great case of real circularity all around the world, as the recycling rate is 69%, even more in Brazil, where 97% of all cans are recycled. For many years, we have been working to ensure the sustainability of the entire chain that involves the production of our aluminium cans, and now with the achievement of ASI certification, we see the result of this intense journey being recognized and certified.”

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