Ball Recognized for Progress on Sustainability, 2010 Metrics Show Further Improvement

April 07, 2011

BROOMFIELD, Colo., April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- During 2010, Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) reduced its global energy use by 2 percent and waste-to-landfill by 6 percent, the company said today. All reductions are based on per unit of production. Eleven of Ball's manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe now send no waste to landfill, compared to six facilities in 2009.

Ball also announced that it has been selected for two sustainability and social responsibility indexes and is included in a list of companies that provides the basis of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.

"Our efforts focus on achieving economic, environmental and social sustainability – the triple bottom line," said John A. Hayes, president and chief executive officer. "We continue to invest in our businesses to create value for our stakeholders, and our sustainability efforts contribute meaningfully to our company's bottom line. We are gratified and honored to have been recognized by organizations that value so highly corporate responsibility."

Ball was recently selected for:

  • The FTSE4Good Index Series, designed to measure the performance of companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards, has selected Ball as a member for the third consecutive year.
  • The Calvert Social Index®, a broad-based, rigorously constructed benchmark for measuring the performance of US-based sustainable and responsible companies.
  • SAM's annual Sustainability Yearbook, which recognized Ball as a member of the 2011 Bronze Class. SAM is an investment group focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing, and the SAM results provide the basis for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.

"Our environmental and social sustainability priority areas are energy, waste, water, packaging, safety and talent management," said Gerri Walsh, who was named Ball's director of sustainability in February after guiding Ball's recycling strategy since 2003 and the company's sustainability reporting process since 2007. "We know that progress will come incrementally. We continue to improve our environmental and social performance on a global basis as we work toward our goals, and we expect to make more progress in 2011. We will provide additional details on our performance in our sustainability report next year."

The 2010 data excludes the impact of two aluminum slug plants acquired by Ball in July 2010. Data from those plants will be included in Ball's next sustainability report, due out in mid-2012.

Ball Corporation is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2010 sales of more than $7.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit

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