Aluminium Stewardship Initiative announced that Ball Asia Pacific (Yangon) Metal Container Limited, a Ball Corporation subsidiary, has been successfully certified against the ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard for responsible production, sourcing, and stewardship of aluminium for its Yangon, Myanmar facility. This means that Ball Corporation has now achieved dual ASI Certification at all of its wholly owned facilities around the world, a total of 67 beverage packaging manufacturing plants. The plant has received Performance Standard Provisional Certification under the ASI Interim Policy regarding Audits, Audit-Related Travel and Coronavirus, which clarifies the reasonable accommodations that can be made to audit plans in consideration of the current COVID-19 situationThe ASI Certification program was developed through an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation process and is the only comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative for the aluminium value chain. The ASI Performance Standard defines environmental, social and governance principles and criteria, with the aim to address sustainability issues in the aluminium value chain. It sets out 59 criteria under the three sustainability pillars of Governance, Environment and Social, which address key issues such as biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples rights, and greenhouse gas emissions. The ASI CoC Standard sets out requirements for the creation of a Chain of Custody for material that is produced and processed through the value chain into diverse downstream sectors. The implementation of ASI’s CoC Standard links verified practices at successive steps of the supply chain – certified under the ASI Performance Standard – to the products produced by ASI Certified Entities.The independent, third-party audits of the Ball Asia Pacific (Yangon) Metal Container Limited plants were carried out by Libero Assurance. The audit was undertaken as a ‘desktop’ exercise with a remote review of relevant documentation. Some criteria requiring on-site evaluation by the auditor will be evaluated when an on-site audit can be scheduled.