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3 February 2022

Ball Beverage Packaging India has achieved ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard Certification for the manufacture and supply of aluminium can bodies and procurement and supply of can ends at its two plants operating in Sri City and Taloja, India.  The Ball facilities have received the first ASI Certifications issued in India, an important aluminium-producing country.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Ball Beverage Packaging India, a Ball Corporation subsidiary, has been successfully certified against the ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard for responsible production, sourcing, and stewardship of aluminium for its Sri City and Taloja, India operations. The certifications bring the number of dual ASI Certified Ball Corporation facilities to 40 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 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 the Ball Beverage Packaging India plants were carried out by TÜV Rheinland Cert GmbH.

Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said, “ASI warmly congratulates Ball Corporation on achieving dual ASI Certification at its Ball Beverage Packaging India operations in Sri City and Taloja. Ball Corporation’s ASI journey has seen it become the first beverage can producer to achieve ASI Certification, also with the first certified beverage can production facilities in South America, and now the first ASI Certified facilities in India. These firsts demonstrate not only the company’s support of ASI’s mission and vision, but also its unwavering commitment to implementing responsible practices in its operations worldwide.  We look forward to more ASI Certifications in India in future.”

Mr. Amit Lahoti, Senior Director and General Manager, Ball Beverage Packaging, Asia said, “The ASI certification is a testament to our continuous efforts in driving sustainability for ourselves and our customers. As India demonstrates a greater desire for genuinely sustainable and recyclable packaging solutions, we’re working closely with our beverage customers to help them deliver on this critical ask from consumers and stakeholders. We are proud of this certification and are fully committed to helping India achieve its carbon reduction targets, while providing our customers with sustainable solutions that epitomize circularity.”

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