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Ball in the Community

Ball’s commitment to the communities where we operate spans the globe. We know that being a good neighbor and an employer of choice requires deep involvement in the local community.

Our plants and employees contribute to their local communities financially and through volunteer and service projects. Ball gathers community impact data on this involvement on a monthly basis along with our other sustainability metrics.

In 2014, The Ball Foundation, Ball Corporation and employees of the company donated more than $4 million to charitable organizations in the communities where Ball operates.

Disaster relief in our communities and around the globe

Part of being a good neighbor is being there when a community most needs help. Ball has a long tradition of supporting disaster relief efforts across the globe. We like to think globally and act locally. When devastating floods hit the Balkans near our Belgrade, Serbia plant in the spring of 2014, Ball provided funds to Red Cross in Serbia and donated 50,000 special beverage cans filled with orange juice.

Ball has become a Disaster Responder Partner with the Red Cross and makes significant donations in advance of disasters to help maximize the effectiveness of the relief efforts of the Red Cross.

Providing basic needs

Food security is a focus area for Ball’s community work. Many of our locations across the globe work to address hunger in their local communities. In 2015, all of Ball’s locations in North America participated in a two-week canned food drive called Let’s Can Hunger. Ball employees donated 170,000 pounds of canned food and raised more than $215,000 in monetary contributions, which will provide approximately 700,000 meals to those in need in the communities where Ball operates in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Many of Ball’s plants outside of North America also addressed local hunger needs including Deeside, UK; Beijing, China; and San Luis, Argentina.

In North America, Ball sponsors an employee-focused community program called the Ball Community Ambassadors. This program features a web-based platform where employees can make donations, organize volunteer events, or browse opportunities organized by the company. As part of the Ball Community Ambassadors program, Ball offers employees $5,000 a year in matching gifts and volunteer rewards. Ball will match dollar-for-dollar gifts made to eligible non-profits and will also provide volunteer rewards of $20/hr for service in the local community. The rewards can be then be directed by the employee to the non-profit of their choice.

In 2014 Ball employees in North America earned volunteer rewards on more than 18,000 hours of service in the community via this program and directed more than $2M dollars into the community. Ball employees in Europe have access to a regional match gifts programs and plans are in development to expand our volunteer program into Europe in the coming year.