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Ball Receives Prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Business Award

Ball Receives Prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Business Award

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lives on today through the acts of countless individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations that honor his purpose-driven mission through exemplary social responsibility. As Dr. King frequently stated, it’s the “content of character’ that ultimately defines each and every one of us.
 
Thanks to Ball’s long-standing commitment to fostering a workplace culture where we all belong and our dedication to building sustainable communities, we recently received the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Business Award. The award is a high honor bestowed upon those individuals and organizations that have contributed in significant ways to their local communities, thereby living the spirit of Dr. King. Our familiarity with giving back and driving positive social change extends throughout our entire organization and is reflected in every campus, region and team.
 
The Business Award is a recognition of Ball’s culture, which welcomes all people and empowers each and every one of us to be our authentic selves when we step into the workplace. Our numerous Ball Resource Groups (BRGs) activate the voices of diverse employee populations, while providing a platform for embracing our unique backgrounds. Regardless of whether you are African American, female, Hispanic, a member of the LGBTQ community or are affiliated with another group, our BRGs provide opportunities to connect with peers and learn more about the differences that make us special. To further elevate our commitment to inclusivity, numerous trainings take place across the organization to minimize unconscious bias in the workplace and create clear avenues for hiring diverse talent, without bias interrupting the process. Such activities are vital to Ball and, according to Charles Johnson, Ball’s director of diversity and inclusion, “It’s a business imperative. It’s no longer just the right thing to do. It’s the best thing to do if you want to be successful.”
 
The role we play in building sustainable communities also contributed significantly to us receiving the Business Award. This year, The Ball Foundation provided grants to the Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers to ensure a future workforce filled with diverse and talented engineers that may one day work for Ball. Additionally, our people participated in numerous mentorship programs with students of all backgrounds. The programs provided important opportunities for employees to share key industry knowledge with inbound graduates. Our impact on the community is also shaped by the monetary donations that Ball employees make annually. This year, we dug deep into our pockets and donated over $1.7 million in Colorado alone. Truly, this is an impressive accomplishment.
 
Collectively, these examples of our community involvement and commitment to inclusivity showcase just some of the ways in which Ball and our people honor the spirit of Dr. King. We know, at the end of the day, our collective character shapes the reputation of our great organization and influences our ability to drive ongoing, positive change.