BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) and its employees are continuing their strong support of local communities worldwide through a range of activities to increase recycling rates, prepare for and respond to disasters, and strengthen the communities where we live and operate.
These efforts build upon Ball's legacy of community investment The Ball Foundation, Ball Corporation and its employees supported more than 2,000 non-profits around the world in 2017, including more than $5 million in charitable donations in communities where the company operates.
North American employees logged more than 38,000 hours of volunteer service – 4,000 more hours than in 2016.
"For nearly 140 years, Ball employees have actively supported local communities because it's the right thing to do," said Chris Chavez, director of global corporate citizenship and executive director of The Ball Foundation. "Community engagement is a key part of our company culture and we are proud of the positive impact of Ball employees across the globe."
In the United States, The Ball Foundation continued to focus on its four funding pillars, investing nearly $1.5 million in community programs that make an impact in areas of recycling, disaster preparedness and relief, food security and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education.
In partnership with our customers, Ball donated millions of cans for drinking water that assisted massive disaster relief efforts in Mexico, Puerto Rico and in several U.S. states. Globally, Ball's manufacturing plants operating in 35 countries donated nearly $1 million for projects focused on recycling, food and school supply drives to benefit causes and charitable organizations in their local communities.
About The Ball Foundation
The Ball Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, private foundation. Founded in December 2010, the Ball Foundation's mission is to provide financial support to nonprofit organizations that sustain the communities in which we live and operate by improving and promoting education, recycling and community engagement. For more information about the Ball Foundation, please visit www.ball.com/ball-foundation.
About Ball Corporation
Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, food and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 18,300 people worldwide and reported 2017 net sales of $11 billion. For more information, visit www.ball.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.
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