Corporate Governance - Conduct
Revised: July 29, 2020
Ball Corporation Executive Officers and
Board of Directors Business Ethics Statement
For years employees, officers and directors have operated under the Ball Corporation (“Ball” or “Corporation”) Board of Directors Policies, which rely on fundamental legal and business principles for the conduct of Ball’s business. In addition, all employees of Ball, including the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Controller, have been subject to a code of business ethics which served as a reminder of the ethical commitments of all employees. The original Code of Business Ethics applicable to employees was endorsed by the Ball Board of Directors (the “Board”) in April 1994 and has been reviewed and revised periodically since 1994.
In addition, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has disclosure rules and the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) has Listing Standards which make it desirable for a separate business ethics statement to be in place for the Executive Officers and Directors of Ball (the “Statement”), which is equivalent to the policies governing the conduct of its employees.
Executive Officers and Directors of Ball should conduct their business affairs on behalf of Ball using the highest level of ethics and principles towards the goal of achieving business success within the law, Ball Board policies and ethics standards. The Board or committees of its choosing should oversee and the Executive Officers of Ball should seek to ensure that adequate internal control over financial reporting and appropriate disclosure controls and procedures are in place for Ball.
The reputation of Ball for honesty and fair dealing should be continued. The conduct of Executive Officers and Directors should be lawful and in accordance with any applicable Ball Board policies and ethics standards.
Conflicts of Interest
Each Executive Officer and Director shall conduct himself or herself with high ethical standards to avoid a conflict of interest with the Corporation or its stockholders.
A conflict of interest, in the broad sense, may arise where an individual’s position or responsibilities on behalf of the Corporation present an opportunity for personal gain (including with respect to such person’s family members) apart from the normal rewards of employment or service as an Executive Officer or Director of Ball. It may also arise where an individual’s personal interests are so inconsistent with the Corporation’s interests that the latter become secondary, or otherwise conflict with his or her proper loyalties to the Corporation. Areas which require specific attention are:
- Personal Financial Interest
Executive Officers and Directors should avoid any outside commercial interests which might influence their official decisions or actions. Such outside commercial interests could include (a) a financial interest in an enterprise which has business relations with the Corporation if such financial interest represents a significant part of the net worth of the individual or enterprise; and (b) an investment in another business which competes with any of the Corporation’s interests if such investment represents a significant part of the net worth of the individual or of the net value of the other business. In short, financial activity in any form which would involve or suggest “self dealing” should be avoided.
- Inside Information
Executive Officers and Directors shall refrain from the purchase or sale of the Corporation’s securities or from involvement in any outside transaction which is influenced by confidential information or special knowledge of the Corporation’s activities. Confidential information or special knowledge would be that which is not generally known or available to the public and is material.
Each Executive Officer and Director should not place himself or herself under actual or apparent obligation to anyone by accepting or permitting those close to him/her to accept gifts or other favors where it might appear that they were given for the purpose of improperly influencing the individual in the performance of his/her duties.
- Outside Activities
Executive Officers and Directors should avoid outside employment or activities which would substantially impair the effective performance of their obligations to the Corporation, either because of excessive demands on their time, or because of their assumption of outside commitments is contrary to their commitments to the Corporation.
Finally, material conflict of interest situations do occasionally present themselves and those that do are hopefully inadvertent. Where only potential, they should be avoided by personal foresight and planning. Where actual, they should be eliminated promptly upon their discovery, and full disclosure should be made to the Chairman of the Board who will deal with the matter.
Executive Officers and Directors should advance the legitimate interests of Ball. Executive Officers and Directors should not take for themselves, or their families, business opportunities that are discerned through the use of Ball property, information or position or use Ball property, information or position for their personal gain without full prior disclosure to the Chairman of the Board who will deal with the matter. Executive Officers and Directors should avoid competing with Ball without full prior disclosure to the Chairman of the Board who will deal with the matter.
Confidential Business Information
Executive Officers and Directors of Ball should maintain the confidentiality of business information imparted to them in the course of their service to Ball, except to advance the legitimate business interests of Ball or where disclosure is legally mandated.
Protection and Use of the Corporation’s Assets
The Board or committees of its choosing oversees and the Directors and Executive Officers are responsible for the protection of Ball’s assets and their efficient use. Executive Officers and Directors should use Ball assets for legitimate business purposes of Ball and not for any unlawful or improper purpose.
No Personal Loans to Executive Officers and Directors
The Corporation will comply with the provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 prohibiting the extension of credit in the form of personal loans to Executive Officers and Directors of Ball.
Full, Fair, Accurate, Timely, and Understandable Disclosure
The Board or committees of its choosing oversees, and the appropriate Executive Officers are responsible for designing or causing the design and establishing and maintaining internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures of Ball, maintenance of financial information consistent with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, SEC rules and regulations and Ball policy and procedures and the prevention and detection of fraud by employees who have a significant role in the internal control over financial reporting or disclosure controls and procedures of Ball.
Compliance with Laws and Regulations
Ball policy is to comply with all laws and regulations applicable to its business. Executive Officers and Directors should comply with all laws and regulations in any country in which they are so acting. Laws and regulations may sometimes be ambiguous or difficult to interpret. Questions concerning interpretation or compliance should be referred to the Law Department, who may refer such question to the General Counsel for appropriate action.
Ball depends on its reputation for quality, service and integrity. The way we deal with competitors and companies with which we do business molds the Corporation’s reputation, builds long-term trust and ultimately determines our success. Executive Officers and Directors should endeavor to deal fairly with the Corporation’s competitors and their employees and with companies with which the Corporation does business and their employees. The Corporation should never take unfair advantage of others through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged information, misrepresentation of material facts or any other unfair dealing practice.
Transactions with Related Persons
The Corporation and its Executive Officers and Directors will comply with all SEC and NYSE requirements concerning transactions between the Corporation and “related persons”, as defined in the applicable SEC and NYSE rules. To facilitate compliance with such requirements, the following procedures will be followed for the review, approval or ratification of any transaction required to be reported under the applicable rules: (a) each Executive Officer and Director shall promptly report to the Chairman of the Board any transaction undertaken or contemplated by such officer or director, by any beneficial owner of five percent or more of the Corporation’s voting securities or by any immediate family member; (b) the Chairman of the Board will refer the transaction to the General Counsel for review and recommendations; (c) after receipt of such review and recommendations, the Chairman of the Board shall bring the matter forward at the next meeting of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee to consider whether the transaction in question should be approved, ratified, suspended, revoked or terminated; and (d) in reviewing each transaction, the Chairman, the General Counsel and the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee shall apply all relevant laws, rules, good corporate practice and the provisions of this Statement, including in particular those pertaining to conflicts of interest.
Existing Ball Policy and Ethics
Executive Officers and employee Directors of Ball remain subject to the Business Ethics booklets, Ball policies and compliance requirements applicable to Ball employees.
Compliance with Statement
Executive Officers and Directors of Ball are expected to comply with this Statement. Amendments may only be made by the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee of the Board or the entire Board. Such amendments will be disclosed in a manner which complies with SEC and NYSE requirements.
Violations and Waivers
The Chairman of the Board or his/her designate will be the focal point for coordinating and delivering the needed information to the appropriate committee of the Board or the disinterested members of the entire Board to address violations of this Statement, requests for waivers of relevant portions of this Statement or implied waivers of portions of this Statement. Executive Officers and Directors are expected to cooperate as required in the development of the needed information. The Chair of the Nominating/ Corporate Governance Committee, with the assistance of the General Counsel, will be the focal point for coordinating and delivering the needed information to the appropriate committee of the Board or the disinterested members of the entire Board to address any of the above with regard to the Chairman of the Board.
The entire Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee or all of the disinterested Directors of the Board shall be the only bodies authorized to grant waivers or implied waivers regarding this Business Ethics Statement. Such waivers or implied waivers will be disclosed in a manner which complies with SEC and NYSE requirements.
Executive Officers and Directors are encouraged to talk to supervisors, managers or other appropriate Ball personnel, including the General Counsel, about observed or suspected illegal or unethical behavior. Interested parties, including employees of the Corporation, may communicate in writing concerns under this Statement including accounting, internal control over financial reporting, disclosure controls and procedures, auditing, legal and ethical matters.
- Concerns related to accounting, internal control over financial reporting, disclosure controls and procedures, auditing and legal matters should be sent to the Chair of the Audit Committee, c/o Corporate Secretary by mail to P.O. Box 5000, Broomfield, CO 80038-5000 or via facsimile transmission to (303) 460-2691. Anonymous submissions or submissions marked confidential should be sent by mail. In addition, any employee may report concerns through the Corporation’s compliance Hot Line as set out in the Corporation’s Business Ethics handbook.
- All other concerns related to this Statement should be sent to the Chairman of the Board or the Chair Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee, as appropriate, c/o Corporate Secretary at the above addresses.
The Chairman of the Board or the Chair of the appropriate committee may instruct the Corporate Secretary to review, sort and summarize communications submitted by mail to assist the Board and the appropriate committee in addressing the communications.
Ball will not permit retaliation of any kind against good faith reports or complaints of violations of this Statement or other illegal or unethical conduct.
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