“Travelling to our beverage can plants on four continents provides great opportunities for me and my teams to identify and share best practices on operational excellence. I also realize that while we face similar sustainability challenges around the world, some regions have a different sense of urgency for certain issues. Water is an obvious example. We initially develop and test solutions where urgent issues exist, then roll them out across our system, as long as they provide economic and environmental benefits and help us maintain our social license to operate. Packaging recycling is another example. While we see beverage can recycling rates of 90 percent and higher in some countries, others lag behind. Metal packaging's recycling story is unique and we must better communicate the sustainability advantages of cans in some regions―and better position our products against other substrates, such as PET or cartons, that do not share the same sustainability benefits.
Most importantly, I am excited to see employees in every plant highly engaged and eager to continue helping make their plants and our products more sustainable. Our internal Hoover Sustainability Award is just one way we recognize the progress our plants make each year. Because of our employees’ dedication, I am confident that we will achieve our new Cut/4 CArboN target, which―by the way―also positions us very well when working with our customers on sustainability opportunities. They like it when our operations become more efficient, but they like it even more when we are able to translate our efforts into environmental benefits for the products they buy from Ball.”
- Scott Morrison Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Ball Corporation