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Our Sustainability Approach

As we strive to be the most innovative, sustainable, and chosen supplier of brand-building packaging solutions, we have built a strong, resilient organization designed for the future. O-I is not only reimagining and reinventing the business model for glass packaging but also using transformative concepts to heighten our sustainability ambitions. As part of transforming how we engage for a balance with people, planet, and prosperity, we reimagined our sustainability function, elevated it to the Global Leadership level, and broadened and deepened our governance. We believe empowering our people under a broader sustainability umbrella with a more global reach will enhance our efforts to make progress toward our sustainability goals and alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that are more relevant to our business.

Chief Sustainability Officer

To embed sustainability across the enterprise and ensure sustainability issues are incorporated into all company decision making, in 2020, O-I appointed its first Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO). The CSO reports directly to the CEO and is also a member of the Global Leadership Team. Working with the Board of Directors, CEO, and a Global Advisory Committee, the CSO develops and drives global corporate sustainability and ESG strategy. The CSO reports monthly to an executive steering team and appears quarterly before the Nominating and Corporate Governance committee of the Board of Directors, which has strategic and oversight responsibility for sustainability and ESG. 

O-I’s Sustainability Team

Reporting to the CSO is a corporate-level team of subject matter experts that work to integrate sustainability into company functions and translate global-level goals into the country groups and plant-level action items. The global team is also responsible for global reporting, disclosure, certifications, and social engagement. 

To ensure the effective integration of sustainability action at the country group and plant level, we created a Global Sustainability Leadership Team that is led by the CSO and members of the corporate-level sustainability team. Each country group has a sustainability leader and a matrixed network that reaches into each plant. Each country group leader bridges the priorities of corporate strategy with local issues and regulations to facilitate the implementation of sustainability actions at a local level. 

In addition to the Global Sustainability Leadership Team, O-I has created Global Advisory Committees around the nine areas that are material to our business and stakeholders: People, Supply Chain, Engineering and R&D, Raw Materials, Energy, Water, Waste, Emissions, and Social Engagement. The Global Advisory Committees share ownership with the CSO’s team for creating O-I’s 2030 sustainability goals and driving performance into country groups.

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