Ball Corporation has received the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) certification for the Performance and Chain of Custody Standards for its Global Aerosol Packaging division.
The ASI is a global, non-profit initiative that sets standards that ensure sustainable performance based on environmental, social, and governance principles, and provides assurance of responsible production practices throughout the aluminium value chain.
The certification covered all nine of Ball’s manufacturing plants, aerosol packaging and slugs worldwide.
This means Ball is the first impact-extruded aluminium manufacturing company that is able to supply ASI-certified aluminium aerosol cans, slugs and bottles to its customers, according to the company.
It added that the announcement aligns with Ball's 2030 sustainability goals in achieving net zero carbon emissions before 2030, and transitioning to 100% renewable electricity by 2030.
This also includes ensuring all aluminium is purchased from sustainable sources.
Achieving ASI certification is a way for companies to show that they are compliant with increasingly stringent sustainability protocols, said Ball.
These include the forthcoming Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, expected to be introduced by the European Union (EU) in the first half of 2023.
The Performance Standard is a measure of how much effort a company is making to assess, manage and disclose its environmental, social and governance impacts.
The Chain of Custody Standard establishes requirements for the creation of a transparent and traceable supply chain.
Jay Billings, president of Ball Aerosol Packaging said: “Achieving ASI certification demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and is the result of a rigorous process.
“Infinitely recyclable aluminium packaging is a prime example of material circularity where resources stay in the system, reducing impacts on the environment. Our aluminium aerosol business’ sustainability efforts showcase what can be achieved through material and emissions reduction goal setting, innovation and, especially, partnership with customers.”
Predrag Ozmo, sustainability director, Ball Aerosol Packaging said: “ASI guarantees the highest sustainability standards throughout the entire aluminium value chain – from mining through refining, smelting, manufacturing, and product use, up to end-of-life management and recycling.
“It enables the aluminium industry to clearly demonstrate responsibility and provide independent and credible assurance of performance.”