"Being an important business partner for HEINEKEN, Ball provides aluminum cans of highest quality for our beers. Moreover, Ball has joined us in improving the environmental and social impact that both businesses have along our value chains. Thus, Ball is contributing to HEINEKEN's "Brewing a Better Future" sustainability strategy. Examples include:
Therefore, we value Ball as a supplier who is proactively striving for improving the quality of our products, the related environmental footprint as well as the impact on the communities we live in."
- Responsible supplier - In October 2010, Ball was amongst the first to sign the HEINEKEN Supplier Code. Since then, they have been assessed three times by EcoVadis, our third-party "Suppliers CSR Rating System" that helps us and others manage risks and foster eco-innovations. Ball was able to improve their score each time and their current score places them among our top suppliers in the platform.
- Innovation partner - Through sustainable packaging, HEINEKEN addresses some key environmental topics such as energy (CO2) and waste reduction. In the past 20 years, Ball reduced the weight of our beer cans by more than 17 percent whilst improving quality and durability. This is an effective contribution to lower product-related CO2 emissions. In addition, we experience an increase of recycling rates for aluminum in various markets as a result of technological innovation, as well as the cooperation of various industries from production to waste processing. In this context, Ball was, for example, an active working member in the European working group on Packaging and Packaging Waste legislation.
- Key stakeholder - For HEINEKEN, stakeholder engagement works two ways: as with customers, NGOs and policy makers, we regularly meet with key suppliers such as Ball to not only address our main topics, but also listen to their advice.
- Michael Dickstein, Director, Global Sustainable Development, HEINEKEN International