Owens-Illinois Honored as 2018 Recipient of Keep America Beautiful’s Vision for America Award
Chief Executive Officer, Andres Lopez, Accepts Prestigious Award for Commitment to Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility at Gala Dinner
STAMFORD, Conn. and PERRYSBURG, Ohio (Oct. 11, 2018) – Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, honored Owens-Illinois, Inc.as the 2018 Vision for America Award recipient at the organization’s annual gala award dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.
Since 1986, Keep America Beautiful has presented the Vision for America Award annually to a corporation whose commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability has significantly enhanced civic, environmental and social stewardship.
Among its many accomplishments leading to its selection as the 2018 Vision for America Award honoree, O-I is the first food and beverage packaging company to achieve a gold rating in material health on the Cradle to Cradle Product Scorecard. Nearly 90 percent of O-I's glass operations were certified across product categories. The certification is based on five categories: material health, material reutilization, water stewardship, renewable energy use, and social fairness. O-I is also one of the founding members of Keep America Beautiful which was established in 1953.
“O-I has been an innovative leader in sustainable business for more than a century and the company’s commitment to doing business right reaps environmental, economic and social benefits on a global scale,” said Helen Lowman, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “We were thrilled to present Mr. Lopez with our 2018 Vision for America Award on behalf of all of O-I’s employees around the world.”
"I am honored to accept this important award on behalf of our more than 26,000 employees. We are proud to produce natural, sustainable and innovative packaging solutions for the world's leading food and beverages," said Andres Lopez, CEO, O-I. "Our future rests in the inherently sustainable attributes of our glass products and our unparalleled ability to respond to the changing needs of the brands we serve. As the world's biggest purchaser of recycled glass, we strive every day to improve our impact on the planet and its people."
Past recipients of the Vision for America Award, which has been awarded annually since 1986, include Caterpillar, Dell, Honeywell, Nestlé Waters North America, PepsiCo, UPS, Xerox, and most recently, Delta Air Lines.
Earlier in the day, Keep America Beautiful and O-I co-sponsored a Sustainability Summit with a diverse mix of stakeholders in the sustainability and sustainable packaging space. The invite-only gathering covered urgent issues such as single stream recycling, consumer behaviors, and policy prescriptions.
O-I also used the occasion to release its 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Update. The 24-page report provides information on the company’s progress to date and goals forward across a number of CSR and sustainability metrics. The Update also showcases successful O-I initiatives from around the world that are increasing recycling, decreasing carbon emissions, investing in employees and supporting communities.
The Keep America Beautiful Vision for America Award is presented annually before an audience of more than 300 distinguished guests, including senior public officials and business leaders. In addition to paying tribute to the honoree, the dinner serves as the largest fundraising event of the year for Keep America Beautiful. Learn more and view a full list of past recipients at KAB.org.
Owens-Illinois, Inc. is the world's largest glass container manufacturer and preferred partner for many of the world's leading food and beverage brands. The Company had revenues of $6.9 billion in 2017 and employs more than 26,500 people at 78 plants in 23 countries. With global headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio, O-I delivers safe, sustainable, pure, iconic, brand-building glass packaging to a growing global marketplace. For more information, visit o-i.com.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Celebrating its 65th Anniversary in 2018, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.
Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community and environmental stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.
Photo above: Keurig Dr Pepper Chief Sustainability Officer Monique Oxender, who serves as board chair of Keep America Beautiful, presents the 2018 Vision for America Award to Owens-Illinois CEO Andres Lopez. (Kate Eisemann Pictures)