I'm proud to say that Crown has taken the concept of sustainability to a new level since issuing our inaugural report on the subject in 2011.
Our latest report, reflecting fiscal years 2011 and 2012, shows that even as we have increased the volume of products being manufactured and expanded our geographic footprint, we are using fewer resources and less energy. In other words, we're doing more with less. Isn't that ultimately what sustainability is all about?
Our success is based on a number of factors: the intrinsic benefits of aluminum and steel, the primary materials we use to make our products; the commitment and expertise of our team around the world; and our continued investment in the safety and well-being of our employees, their families and the communities in which we operate. To recognize the great work being done in these areas at our manufacturing facilities around the world each and every day, we launched the first annual Chairman's Sustainability Awards program in 2012. By sharing these successes internally, we hope to continually raise our standard of excellence in innovation and performance while protecting our most precious resource of all, the environment.
The content in the report has been structured based on the Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) G3 Guidelines Application Level C. We've provided an update on progress on seven key topics since our last reporting period. These topics include material consumption, VOC emissions, energy consumption, direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions, waste recycled, waste disposal and NOx emissions. We've also made adjustments to how we report our data. You can read more about that here.
Our global team remains committed to even more progress in the year ahead. We look forward to your feedback on the report and discussing how metal packaging can help you meet your own sustainability goals.
John W. Conway
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Crown Holdings, Inc.