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11 April 2022

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that TBC Ball Beverage Can Vietnam Limited has been successfully certified against the ASI Performance Standard (Provisional) and Chain of Custody Standard for responsible production, sourcing, and stewardship of aluminium for its production facility outside Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The plant’s Performance Standard Provisional Certification has been achieved 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 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 TBC Ball Beverage Can Vietnam Limited plant were carried out by LiberoAssurance. The audit was undertaken as a ‘desktop’ exercise with a remote review of relevant documentation. Some criteria requiring on-site evaluation by the auditor will be evaluated when an on-site audit can be scheduled.

Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said, “ASI congratulates Ball Corporation on achieving dual ASI Certification at this joint-venture facility, the first ASI Certified plant in Vietnam. Not content to stop at certifying all of its 67 wholly owned beverage packaging plants, the Ball Corporation continues to show leadership in sustainability by working, in coordination with its joint venture partners, to introduce and implement operating policies consistent with ASI’s industry-leading environmental, social and governance criteria.”

“As Vietnam consumers seek more environmentally friendly products, can is considered the most sustainable solution for beverage packaging. The ASI certification assures our customer that TBC-Ball Beverage Can Vietnam is operating in line with outstanding  environmental, ethical and governance principles in accordance with the ASI standards. Said Saroj Chayavivatkul, Board of Director, TBC-Ball Beverage Can Vietnam Limited. “This will demonstrates our dedication to work hand in hand with our customer for sustainable Vietnam.”

Mr. Amit Lahoti, Senior Director and General Manager Asia, Ball Corporation said: “The ASI certification is a proof of our ongoing efforts. Vietnam is experiencing a growing need for truly sustainable and recyclable packaging solutions, and we are working with our customers to help them stay ahead of the imperative. In addition to the country transitioning towards a circular economy, by continuously evaluating and improving the aluminum supply chain, ASI certification will help Vietnam to achieve its carbon reduction targets, to develop a truly circular economy, and to respond to the growing demand from consumers for sustainable packaging.”

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