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John A. Hayes Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

As a larger, more global company, sustainability is more important than ever, and we continue setting a high bar for ourselves to ensure our license to operate and to make the beverage can the most sustainable package in the beverage supply chain.

2016 was an exciting and pivotal year in Ball Corporation’s 137-year history. Ball’s more than 18,000 employees performed well in a dynamic global economic business environment and competitive landscape. We successfully controlled what we could control and completed the $5.4 billion Rexam PLC acquisition (net of required divestitures), integrated new businesses, and managed numerous improvement and expansion projects. Our Drive for 10 vision instills a greater sense of urgency in us to seize the opportunities ahead to ensure our collective long-term success.

As a larger, more global company, sustainability is more important than ever, and we continue setting a high bar for ourselves to ensure our license to operate and to make the beverage can the most sustainable package in the beverage supply chain. Our team diligently worked to maintain a careful balance of our economic, environmental and social impacts in 2016. We published our fifth biennial sustainability report, detailing our progress toward our updated priorities — product stewardship, operational excellence, talent management and community ambassadors. A few highlights include:

  • Collaborated with customers to develop and launch game-changing, lighter weight metal beverage and aerosol packaging innovations.

  • Reduced the product carbon footprint of our most common beverage can formats by 10 percent since 2010, putting us on pace to meet our global Cut/4 CArboN target of 25 percent by 2020.

Achieved our greenhouse gas emission reduction target and decreased our carbon intensity by more than 10 percent in five years.

  • Inaugurated the first significant renewable energy project in Ball’s history by installing three 1.5-megawatt wind turbines at our Findlay, OH, plant.

  • Gave more than $4 million to charitable organizations in Ball communities through The Ball Foundation, employee donations and the corporate match. Employees also recorded more than 34,000 hours of volunteer service.

  • Was recognized as the industry leader in sustainability among container and packaging companies on the 2016 Dow Jones World and North America Sustainability Indices for the fourth consecutive year.

  • Received a perfect 100 percent score on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

At Ball, we aim high. We have set ambitious goals for ourselves, including 10 sustainability goals to achieve by 2020. We have the right team, the right mindset and a clear line of sight as we move ahead and maximize the opportunities in front of us.