Sustainability Governance

Accountability for our sustainability performance is monitored at various levels of the organization. It is overseen by the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee, a committee of Ball Corporation’s board of directors chaired by a non-executive board director of Ball.

A monthly global data monitoring system keeps tabs on our sustainability performance at all levels of the business, and is overseen by our Corporate Governance Committee, made up of our board of directors and chaired by a non-executive board member.

The committee’s scope is to ensure we add economic value to the business by fully integrating sustainability into our strategies and aligning ourselves with stakeholder expectations. 

Our regional businesses utilize our global data monitoring system to assess their monthly sustainability performance against their own goals at business and plant level. This transparency informs decision-making, helps prioritize projects and makes it relevant for employees at all levels of the organization.

Sustainability efforts throughout Ball are focused on our Product Stewardship and Social Impact efforts, driving long-term economic success of the business.



We systematically identify and assess risks in all of our businesses so we can develop management plans that encompass major risks, including supply chain, commodity and currency volatility, human capital, financial risk and legislative action. To remain a resilient business we also anticipate and mitigate sustainability-related risks. We identify and assess these risks so we can develop management plans to address them. Among the key risks we examine are those related to climate change, water scarcity, disruptions due to extreme weather events, human rights abuses and packaging waste regulations.


Our company culture has always been based on the highest level of integrity and ethical conduct. Integrity is one of Ball’s core values and most important cultural assets. We will not compromise our integrity or risk damage to our reputation for financial gain or for any other reason.

To ensure we act with integrity at all times, all Ball employees are required to understand and follow Ball’s corporate compliance policies and the Business Ethics Code of Conduct. Our extensive framework of policies and management systems is well established and continues to evolve as we face new challenges. For example, we established a new company-wide human rights policy in 2013 to ensure that we foster and maintain a responsible and safe work environment for our employees and in our supply chain.

Each year, all managers and other select employees are required to perform an electronic compliance verification for all business conduct (including applicable laws and regulations), anti-corruption and conflict of interest policies. We have a hotline for employees and external stakeholders to use to report policy violations confidentially and in their own language. No retaliatory action will be tolerated against anyone who comes forward to raise genuine concerns about possible violations.

Ball’s Corporate Compliance Program, supported by a Corporate Compliance Committee, was established to assist operating and staff organizations achieve compliance with all regulations. Key compliance issues involve employment practices; environmental protection; workplace safety; product quality; customer, supplier or government relations; use of confidential, proprietary, technical or business information; accurate reporting and record keeping; anti-competitive/unfair trade practices; foreign corrupt practices and anti-bribery avoidance; securities law compliance; export controls and trading restrictions; and other actions regulated by law or corporate policy.

The company has numerous other compliance and regulatory policies in place to ensure employees act in full accordance with appropriate laws and regulations such as child and forced labor, environmental, export and import compliance and foreign corrupt practices.

More information on Ball’s Corporate Governance, including the Business Ethics Code of Conduct, Board Committee charters and the Board of Directors Business Ethics Statement, can be found on our investors page.