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Accountability Track in Specialty Chemicals

 Archroma “We touch and color people’s lives every day, everywhere”

Archroma is a global color and specialty chemicals company committed to innovation, world-class quality standards, superior service levels, cost-efficiency and sustainability. The name of the company, Archroma, is representative of the organization’s mission to provide its customers with the highest levels of quality, reliability, relevancy and customer delight. Headquartered near Basel, Switzerland, the company operates in 35 countries across the globe, supported by approximately 3000 employees and a network of 25 production sites.

A global leader in the specialty chemicals industry, Archroma can be proud of its market insights, customer intimacy, highly talented people and rich history of material excellence and expertise. Archroma offers products and solutions in Textile Specialties, Paper Solutions and Emulsion Products and creates value for its customers through an integrated, market-focused and highly collaborative approach. Archroma delivers specialized performance and color solutions to meet customer needs on both a global and local scale.

After a number of years operating as three separate divisions of a diverse multi-national, Archroma became an independent company in October 2013, after being acquired by SK Capital, a New York-based private investment firm with a disciplined focus on the specialty materials, chemicals and healthcare sectors.

Since its foundation in 2013, Archroma is undergoing a massive transition including becoming fully independent, integrating Supply Chain, stabilizing the operations, improving key processes, integrating recent acquisitions and growing the business.

Ambitious targets have been set and the CEO, Mr. Alexander Wessels, comments: “To get this fundamentally difference in performance, we have to create different experiences, change the beliefs in the company. We continuously challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable.”

Archroma is a great supporter of Partners In Leiderschap, it is a great company with excellent programs. Their facilitators have a business background that helps to present the simple concepts in a practical way. Archroma has involved Partners In Leiderschap to help accelerate the change towards a culture of personal Accountability for Performance. Partners In Leiderschap, facilitated a “Self Track” workshop with the 75 global leaders who originate from 25 different national cultures.

A participant confirmed that “It was a very insightful session in which all learned simple concepts like the Results Pyramid and how it feels to be Below the Line or how energizing it is to be working Above the Line”. The workshop helped the leaders to step up to the next level of ownership, to further gain confidence about the way forward and to take full ownership for the actions to achieve the expected results.

The Global HR Manager, Valerie Robert, commented that “It was a pleasure working with Hylke de Cock from Patners in Leiderschap. We were able to put together a design, customized and targeted to Archroma’s needs. All participantes now understand their roles in shaping culture, as the concepts can be easily used in daily life. They appreciated the experience, particularly the practical exercises such as giving each other feedback and the role-plays. The work does not stop here, it will continue with coaching the leaders to demonstrate Accountable behavior and executing their personal Accountability plan that they have agreed on in the workshop.”