Ball is focused on the continuous improvement of our manufacturing processes and procedures to increase efficiencies. We have successfully introduced innovative production techniques and, supported by our safety and environmental management systems, improved our safety track record, reduced energy and water consumption and diverted more waste to beneficial reuse.
Our manufacturing operations across the globe have a major impact on Ball’s overall sustainability performance. Since 2008, we have focused our operational sustainability efforts around six operational sustainability priorities, internally referred to as the “Big 6:”
Our environmental performance is based on Ball's global environmental policy. We are committed to strengthening our environmental management systems and conducting our business in a manner that minimizes current and future environmental risks for our company and the communities in which we operate.
We implement environmental management systems to continuously reduce our environmental impacts and manage costs and to demonstrate to the global community that we conduct business in a responsible manner. Since 1995, these systems have clearly improved our environmental performance in significant ways, enabling us to:
- Understand, monitor and manage our environmental impacts
- Identify emerging requirements and implement compliance strategies ahead of deadlines
- Establish program consistency throughout the corporation
Today, all of our plants have safety and environmental management systems in place. All of our European plants, our Beijing, China, plant as well as our two facilities in Argentina are certified to ISO 14001. In Europe, Ball started to combine quality, safety and environmental management systems into one comprehensive integrated management system.