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Creating a Culture of Belonging through Inclusivity

Creating a Culture of Belonging through Inclusivity

At Ball, we recognize the key role that diversity and inclusion plays in supporting the agility, ingenuity and long-term sustainability of our business. When it comes to our company culture, our values and passions run deep as we strive to foster an inclusive environment. Our numerous peer-sponsored resource groups rally together to elevate the visibility and impact made by our employees, while spotlighting diverse backgrounds and abilities.
 
Throughout the month of October, Ball employees from across the organization united to showcase our commitment to embracing employees of all abilities as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The Abilities Ball Resource Group (Abilities BRG) organized key events that welcomed Amy Van Dyken, former competitive swimmer and six-time Olympic gold medalist, and Becky Curran, director at Disability Equality Index, to share their stories of living with a disability. Both Amy and Becky reminded us of the importance of “saving a seat at the table” for those of us with different abilities and the value that diversity brings to the workplace.
 
Hiring managers from across our organization also had an opportunity to connect with Amy and Becky directly to learn how best to remove unconscious bias from the hiring process. As we advance our commitments to building a diverse and inclusive workforce, these types of opportunities provide valuable insights and accelerate our efforts of creating an environment where we all belong.
 
The Abilities BRG works to foster a culture that embraces disabled peers, while providing them with the support needed to fulfill their career aspirations at Ball. This group is just one of many employee-championed resource groups that promote both awareness and acceptance of the differences that make our people valuable. In large part, thanks to their great work, Ball was recognized as America’s Best Employer for Diversity in 2019 by Forbes.
 
Our willingness to be bold, leveraging inclusivity as a way to achieve great things together, will allow our organization to be successful for the long term by creating opportunities for all.