Workplace Culture Transformation Drives Financial Results at Bio-Based Solutions Innovator Acme-Hardesty

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Strengthening Company Culture Led to Significant Financial Growth

When we began our journey with Culture Partners, we knew it was going to be something special. We are humbled by the amazing results we’ve achieved by focusing first on culture. — Jeff Kenton, President, Acme-Hardesty

A multiyear partnership between Culture Partners, a leader in transforming workplace cultures and Acme-Hardesty, distributor and supplier of oleochemicals, as well as a developer of bio-based, renewable solutions, has yielded phenomenal financial results.

According to Acme-Hardesty president Jeff Kenton, the company’s key financial metric tripled from 2020-2022. Kenton credits this growth to the company’s focused work on its internal workplace culture.

“When we began our journey with Culture Partners, we knew it was going to be something special,” said Kenton. “We are humbled by the amazing results we’ve achieved by focusing first on culture.”

Acme-Hardesty began its Culture Journey in 2016, working to craft its first cultural beliefs, a core building block in the Culture Partners model to strengthen and sustain organizational work culture. Acme-Hardesty aligned in these beliefs at every level of the organization. This alignment provided a source of strength as Acme-Hardesty navigated the changes served up by the pandemic.

“The cultural beliefs that Acme-Hardesty had prior to the pandemic are what got us through the pandemic,” notes Guy Kalbach, Human Resources Manager at Acme-Hardesty. “We realized coming out of that that we were a different organization. We had a brick and mortar kind of mindset pre-pandemic – you do good work, you show up to your job – and there were a lot of well-intentioned intelligent people who disagreed about what our new work-from-home world would look like. But we landed in the right space because of the way we could orient ourselves in our cultural beliefs.”

“Acme-Hardesty’s financial success is nothing short of phenomenal,” said Joe Terry, CEO of Culture Partners. “We are thrilled that their work on culture has been a bedrock for them in times of uncertainty, and we’re equally thrilled to partner with them on this ongoing journey.”

Developing beliefs that drive financial results is a core element of every multiyear Culture Journey that Culture Partners creates with its clients, working with organizations to activate agile workplace cultures to drive sustainability and weather change.

To discover more about the workplace culture transformation at Acme-Hardesty, and to explore the connection between beliefs and results, read their client story.

About Acme-Hardesty
Acme-Hardesty, a division of Jacob Stern and Sons, Inc., began more than 80 years ago, and is built upon an even longer history of innovation and growth. Today they have evolved into one of the largest distributors of castor oils and derivatives, oleochemicals, preservatives and bio-based products. Sustainability is a fundamental part of their business. Renewable, sustainable supply is, of course, essential to any distributor of bio-based products. But to Acme-Hardesty, sustainability is also about doing business responsibly and ethically, in a way that maintains a balance of mutual benefit for all stakeholders and respect for the planet.

About Culture Partners
For 30 years and counting, we have empowered clients across the globe to harness the power of culture. Our human industrial-organizational psychological methods activate organizations to achieve results, year after year, by connecting experiences, beliefs, and actions. Our purpose is to unleash the power of culture to inspire businesses and people to reach their full potential.

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