BROOMFIELD, Colo., Sept. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Corporation has been named the industry leader for container and packaging companies on the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for the third consecutive year. Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) maintained its best-in-class position on both the DJSI World Index, and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America (DJSI NA).
"Achieving placement on the prestigious Dow Jones indices for sustainability is significant and we're proud to be listed once again," said John A. Hayes, chairman, president and CEO. "At Ball, sustainability is both a core value and a long-term investment. Congratulations to each of our employees around the world who drive Ball's culture of sustainability and its progress."
The DJSI World Index tracks the performance of the top 10 percent of the 2,500 largest companies on the S&P Global Broad Market IndexSM that lead the field in terms of sustainability; while the DJSI NA tracks the performance of the top 20 percent of the 600 largest Canadian and United States companies. Ball earned industry-leading scores in the environmental and social dimensions and scored particularly well on criteria integral to its Drive for 10 vision such as operational health and safety, operational eco-efficiency, product stewardship and stakeholder engagement.
S&P Dow Jones Indices and RobecoSAM, an investment specialist focused on sustainability investing, invited over 3,400 companies to respond to approximately 100 questions on economic, environmental and social issues with a focus on industry-specific criteria that have a material impact on companies' ability to generate long-term value. This analysis is complemented by an additional examination of media coverage, stakeholder commentaries and other publicly available sources.
"We embrace opportunities that promote long-term thinking and shared value creation because of the important role they play for our customers, our employees and the communities they live in," said Bjoern Kulmann, Ball's director of sustainability. "Examples include a new iteration of Ball's revolutionary ReAl technology, which allows us to provide aluminum aerosol cans to our customers that weigh 15 percent less compared to a standard aluminum aerosol container, and Cut/4 CArboN—our 2020 target to cut the carbon footprint of our beverage cans by one-fourth."
Ball also engages in multiple stakeholder platforms such as the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, IMPACT 2030, and The Recycling Partnership in order to collaboratively drive sustainability. Ball Aerospace also plays a role for sustainable development by providing earth-observation and climate satellites to scientific government agencies."
For more information on Ball's sustainability efforts and an overview of all external sustainability assessments, please visit www.ball.com/sustainability.
About Ball Corporation
Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, food and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2014 sales of $8.6 billion. For more information, visit www.ball.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.
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