Ceres and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) have selected Ball Corporation as a co-winner for the Best First Time Reporter Award for sustainability reporting in the 2009 Ceres-ACCA North American Sustainability Awards. Ball is the first packaging and first aerospace company to receive this distinction.

Ball published its first sustainability report in June 2008. The company received the award for its comprehensive approach to sustainability, demonstrated commitment to stakeholder engagement and the company's strategy for producing sustainable packaging and supporting recycling. For more about the award, go to www.ceres.org/reportingawards.

 

"Our sustainability report was an important step in our efforts to become a more sustainable enterprise," said R. David Hoover, Ball's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Being selected to receive the Ceres-ACCA award confirms we are on the right track and further encourages us in our sustainability efforts."

 

Ball will update stakeholders on the company's progress in its next sustainability report, scheduled for release in May 2010.

 

The annual Ceres-ACCA awards program is designed to highlight best practices in reporting on sustainability issues by North America-based organizations, and to provide guidance to other groups and companies that are publishing or intend to publish sustainability or corporate social responsibility reports.

 

The awards acknowledge exemplary disclosure that places performance in the broader context of sustainability challenges, risks and opportunities. The judging criteria address completeness, credibility and quality of communication. The panel of 11 judges included leaders and experts representing a broad spectrum of backgrounds in the nonprofit, corporate and investment worlds.

 

Ceres is the leading U.S. network of investors, environmental groups and other public interest organizations working with companies to address sustainability challenges. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has promoted transparency in reporting the impact of business activities on sustainable development through its sustainability awards program since 1991, and is involved in reporting awards in more than 20 countries around the world.

 

Ball Corporation is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic 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 14,000 people worldwide and reported 2008 sales of approximately $7.6 billion.