Employee Giving & Volunteering
Supporting and empowering employees to make a difference in their communities is part of Ball’s culture and a foundational component of Ball’s corporate citizenship program. Employees are encouraged to share their time and expertise across the world with many nonprofit organizations. In 2015, for example, our employees logged over 32,000 hours of community service. In fostering a culture of volunteerism, employees in the U.S. and Canada can track their volunteer hours and earn $20 per hour to be donated to the charity of their choice. A website is available for employees to find volunteer opportunities, create their own projects and track their volunteer hours. While employees can support any nonprofit, many support Ball’s key strategic initiatives in support of disaster relief, STEM education, recycling and food security. Collectively, Ball employees’ contributions make a great impact in local communities, contribute to individual development and drive overall employee engagement.
Ball Community Ambassadors Program
As part of Ball’s culture of volunteerism, the Ball Community Ambassadors program encourages employees in the U.S. and Canada to support causes that matter most to them. Ball employees also have the potential to engage colleagues in volunteerism and to play a key role in enhancing partnerships in the communities where they live and work. In addition to financial support of volunteer hours, Ball matches up to $5,000 per employee per calendar year for qualifying nonprofit organizations.
Altogether, employee donations and the company match grew to more than $2.5 million in 2015 (up from $2.1 million in 2014). Employees also logged more than 32,000 hours of volunteer service in 2015 (up from nearly 18,000 hours in 2014).
Community in Action
Food security is a key focus area for Ball's community engagement efforts because it is closely tied to our business. Canned food provides safe, nutritious food to those who need it. In 2014 Ball conducted its first ever North America-wide canned food drive. Employees donated more than 170, 000 pounds of canned food and raised more than $215,000 in monetary contributions and Ball matches, which will provide approximately 700,000 meals to those in need in the 37 communities where Ball operates in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
The food collected, combined with employee donations, the Ball Corporation match and The Ball Foundation's dollar per pound match of food, will benefit nonprofit organizations that help provide and improve local access to sufficient food resources for individuals and families in need.
“Ball employees are committed to helping ensure that everyone in their communities has access to nutritious food,” said Kathleen Pitre, director of corporate relations for Ball Corporation and executive director of The Ball Foundation. “Canned food provides safe, nourishing and easy-to-prepare nutrition to those who need it. We are proud that Ball and its employees will have such a positive impact in the areas where they live and work.”
All Ball locations in Canada, Mexico and the United States participated in the Let’s Can Hunger campaign.
Plant Participation in Community Programs
Our plants and employees around the world contribute to their communities financially and through volunteering their time. Total plant giving totaled nearly $800,000 in 2014–2015. Ball’s plants also donated their time to local causes such as community clean-up events (e.g., employees in Bellegarde, France, cleaned five miles of the Valserine river banks) and education (e.g., employees at our Velim, Czech Republic, plant supported a local environmental education fair in collaboration with the environmental agency). Our Hubbard, Ohio, plant donated $10,000 to the Hubbard High School STEM program and welcomed students to the plant to demonstrate the feasibility of a robot built for can manufacturing. Ball Aerospace has supported programs such as FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) through donations and employee volunteering annually since 2001. The program gives student teams the opportunity to design and build complex robots working side by side with Ball’s high-tech professionals. In addition to acquiring hands-on engineering skills, students gain self-confidence along with leadership and teamwork abilities.
Since 2015, Ball Corporation has partnered with IMPACT 2030, a business-led effort with the goal to enhance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through corporate employee volunteerism. Three of the 17 SDGs (zero hunger, quality education, responsible consumption and production) are directly tied to Ball’s key focus areas and Ball employee volunteering programs. By partnering with other community-minded businesses, civil society, academia and philanthropic organizations, IMPACT 2030 will provide Ball with advanced tools to engage global employees in volunteer work and better measure the impact of volunteer efforts.
Community in Action
In September 2013, the state of Colorado experienced devastating flooding. In Colorado, Ball employs approximately 3,000 people, the majority in Boulder and Broomfield counties. Because we have been part of these communities for almost 60 years and we're committed to sustaining the communities where we live and operate, the Ball Foundation donated $1 million to support efforts for local nonprofits assisting with flood relief and recovery efforts. These included Community Food Share, Impact on Education Foundation for Boulder Valley Schools and the Foothills Flood Relief Fund, Foothills United Way, Mile High United Way 2-1-1 program, Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley and Flatirons Habitat for Humanity.
"Many Ball employees live and work in the areas touched by the flooding and have experienced the devastation first hand. This is our community and we're committed to helping with recovery and rebuilding efforts both financially and by mobilizing our employee base through volunteer efforts," said John Hayes, chairman, president and CEO.
In addition to monetary donations, Ball employees literally helped to rebuild our communities through the Critical Home Repair programs of Habitat for Humanity. These projects made essential repairs to homes damaged by floods and allowed people to safely return to their homes or regain full use of their homes. Ball employees also helped with new construction projects for families who lost homes in the flood. Ball employees volunteered more than 1,000 hours of volunteer service on 32 repair projects and 7 new construction projects.
Also in 2014, The Ball Foundation committed $250,000 to the American Red Cross of Colorado to support the national Disaster Relief fund, which helps ensure the Red Cross is prepared to respond immediately when disaster strikes. The Red Cross is instrumental in helping communities prepare for disaster response, recovery and readiness, and funding enables them to continue these efforts.
"Ball Corporation continues their long tradition of corporate responsibility and community leadership,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. "Colorado is indeed fortunate to have such corporate citizens at the core of our community. They are truly a leader."