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31 March 2022

Ball Asia Pacific (Yangon) Metal Container Limited has achieved ASI Performance Standard with Provisional status and Chain of Custody Standard Certification for the manufacture and supply of aluminium can bodies and procurement and supply of can ends at its plant in Yangon, Myanmar. The Ball facility is the first in Myanmar to achieve ASI Certification.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Ball Asia Pacific (Yangon) Metal Container Limited, a Ball Corporationsubsidiary, 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 Yangon, Myanmar facility. This means that Ball Corporation has now achieved dual ASI Certification at all of its wholly owned facilities around the world, a total of 67 beverage packaging manufacturing plants. The plant has received Performance Standard Provisional 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 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 Asia Pacific (Yangon) Metal Container Limited plants were carried out by Libero Assurance. 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 all 67 of its wholly owned facilities, including the first ASI Certified plant in Myanmar. This is a noteworthy milestone worth celebrating for Ball, as well as ASI, and sends a strong signal by a packaging sector leader on the business value of ASI Certification. Aluminium beverage can packaging is an iconic symbol for the circular economy, and with its global dual ASI Certifications, Ball Corporation has the possibility to offer its beverage can customers worldwide an on-product ASI logo as a symbol of responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium.

Carey Causey, President, Ball Beverage Packaging, EMEA said: “Aluminium cans are already the world’s most recycled beverage package averaging 69% and rising fast. The ASI certification takes the sustainability story even further, assuring customers and consumers of the high ethical and environmental standards in the aluminium value chain. We look forward to the increasing adoption and certification of ASI standards across our sector as people understand the can’s potential to contribute to a more sustainable economy.”

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