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5 March 2020

Ball Corporation has achieved ASI Performance and Chain of Custody Standard Certification for 23 plants in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as their regional HQ, quality assurance, and manufacturing facilities for beverage can bodies and ends. Ball is the world’s largest producer of aluminium cans and the first can manufacturer to achieve ASI Certification.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that 23 Ball Corporation plants have been successfully certified against ASI Performance and Chain of Custody (CoC) Standards for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium. The certified plants, plus regional HQ and quality assurance, produce beverage can bodies and ends, and are located in the UK (Luton, Milton Keynes, Tongwell, Wakefield), Spain (Cabanillas del Campo, La Selva), France (Bierne, Mont), Italy (Nogara), Switzerland (Widnau) Austria (Ludesch), Germany (Gelsenkirchen), the Czech Republic (Ejpovice), Denmark (Fredericia), Sweden (Fosie), Serbia (Belgrade), Finland (Mantsala), Russia (Argayash, Naro Fominsk, Vsevolozhsk), Turkey (Manisa), Egypt (Cairo), Ireland (Waterford), Poland (Lublin) and Saudi Arabia (Dammam).

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 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 audits of Ball Corporation were carried out by Bureau Veritas Certification.

Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said “ASI is delighted to congratulate Ball Corporation on their simultaneous dual ASI Certification for such a large number of facilities across many countries. This is a strong demonstration of their responsible production practices worldwide and of their commitment to ASI’s vision, which the company has helped to build from day one. The ASI Performance Standard Certification of these production facilities also strengthens the sustainability credentials of the aluminium beverage can, one of the most recognised consumer products in aluminium. The Chain of Custody Certification enables the company, given appropriate sourcing from upstream suppliers, to apply on-product labels. ”

Ron Lewis, President, Ball Beverage Packaging, EMEA, said, “We’re extremely proud to be the first beverage can manufacturer to achieve ASI certification. With its infinite recycling properties, aluminium is the fastest growing beverage packaging type in Europe, outperforming plastic, glass and other materials. Consumers concerned about the environment can have confidence in aluminium knowing that the metal is being sourced responsibly and that 75% of cans are collected and recycled in Europe.”

Kathleen Pitre, Chief Commercial and Sustainability Officer, Ball Corporation, added, “We are responding to a greater desire from consumers, across Europe and around the world, for genuinely sustainable and infinitely recyclable packaging solutions. We’re working closely with our customers to help them achieve their sustainability commitments and certified responsible sourcing practices are one aspect of how we deliver on that. Ball is hugely proud of our achievements in getting certified and we call upon the rest of the aluminium industry to follow the ASI Standards.”

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