The biennial Chairman’s Sustainability Awards program, which honored its first class of winners in 2013, celebrates manufacturing plants or operating divisions that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation in sustainability.
The current awards cycle covers fiscal years 2019 and 2020 and highlights initiatives related to environmental sustainability, safety, zero waste to landfill and community engagement.
The Environmental Sustainability Award recognizes excellence in environmental stewardship by minimizing the impact of company operations, reducing material consumption, and enhancing recycling or reuse. This award was presented to Crown’s beverage can factory in Bangi, Malaysia, for identifying opportunities to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.
Projected to achieve >2 million ppm of VOC emissions per year, the reduction helps protect employees and prevent ozone depletion, while saving electricity and natural gas and maintaining product quality.
After providing abundant support to residents of its local communities and Minnesota, Crown’s Owatonna Food Can Plant has received the Social Sustainability Award, which recognizes activities that have a significant impact on the well-being of the workforce. work and/or the local community.
The Owatonna team engaged their neighbors through a wide range of efforts, including employing adults with disabilities, holding annual toy drives, and preparing high school students for job interviews. Additionally, the plant demonstrated its commitment to creating a safe workplace by participating in safety councils and received the Governor’s Safety Award.
The Sustainability Award for Safety was awarded to Crown’s beverage can factory in Izmit, Turkey, which created a “We can be safe together” safety culture within the parameters of the Award of Excellence demonstrated by prioritizing health and safety to protect employees in their work environment.
Finally, Crown Brazil received a special environmental award from the division for eliminating unusable waste and achieving zero waste to landfill at its seven manufacturing plants. To achieve this milestone, factories have optimized their reduce, reuse and recycle methods to avoid sending nearly 700 tonnes of waste to landfill, in line with Crown’s circular economy targets under its Twentyby30 program. .
“We are constantly inspired by the commitment and care our global workforce brings to accelerating our sustainability progress,” said John Rost, Ph.D., vice president, global sustainability. and Regulatory Affairs at Crown. “This cycle of Chairman’s Sustainability Awards is no different, with our teams going the extra mile to ensure the safety and well-being of their colleagues, communities and surrounding environments.”