Sustainability

WE WALK THE TALK.

In an ever-changing world, sustainability is an ongoing mission. It requires a solid plan and the dedication to see it through. For Acme-Hardesty, it boils down to doing business responsibly and ethically, and maintaining a balance of mutual benefit for all stakeholders, as well as the planet.

AH DISTRIBUTION | INNOVATION | PEOPLE

Our strategy for sustainability centers around three pillars of action.

Sustainability is nothing new to us. Sustainable, renewable products have been part of our business for more than 70 years.

WE CHAMPION THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW AND SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS FOR REAL-WORLD APPLICATIONS

WE PROACTIVELY MARKET AND SELL RENEWABLE BIO-BASED PRODUCT ALTERNATIVES

We source products from manufacturers with sustainable agricultural practices.

We aim to increase demand for sustainable products from customers.

WE STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIPS IN THE COMMUNITIES WHERE WE OPERATE

We optimize the design of our supply chain to minimize carbon footprint.

OUR BIO-BASED PRODUCTS ENABLE OUR CUSTOMERS TO DEVELOP MORE SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

We foster an environment of continuous learning to promote responsible practices such as recycling, waste reduction, energy consumption, and health and well being.

We educate our employees and promote responsible practices to benefit future generations.

BIO-PREFERRED

More than 20 Acme-Hardesty products carry the BioPreferred® label, with more on the way. This USDA certification assures that a product is bio-based and is composed wholly or in significant part of agricultural, forest, or marine sourced ingredients.

The BioPreferred® program also spurs economic development by creating new jobs and providing new markets for farm commodities.  The increased demand for bio-based products will reduce reliance on petroleum, increase use of renewable agricultural resources and may even help reduce adverse environmental and health impacts. Learn more about the USDA BioPreferred® program at www.biopreferred.gov.

Check our progress at www.rspo.org

 

ROUNDTABLE ON SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL (RSPO)

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) consists of more than 1700 members worldwide, committed to produce, source and use sustainable palm oil certified by the RSPO. Acme-Hardesty is a proud member of the RSPO and our Mass Balance Certification is subject to strict verification, annual audit and a 5-year reassessment. Our entire product line of fatty acids, alcohols and esters are now available as RSPO.

Bio. Logical. Not just renewable—sustainable.

Bio-based isn’t new to us. It’s always been a no-brainer. While some companies have only recently shown an interest in bio-based chemicals, we’ve been at it for more than 70 years.

For example, in 1985 we pioneered importation of palm-based fatty acids from Southeast Asia to meet public interest and lessen demand for petrochemicals. And we were one of the first to begin importing oil and derivatives when India entered the international castor oil market in the late 80’s.

The best is yet to come. Every day, we move responsibly to meet the growing demand for bio-based chemicals that aren’t just renewable, but sustainable. The extensive reach of our global supply chain provides even more bio-based products for customers who want to provide sustainable options to consumers.

We currently offer sustainable palm-based products from RSPO certified manufacturers, and work with manufacturers who have made proven progress achieving sustainability and the high quality—whether through new technology, raw material sources that do not deplete limited resources, or the discovery of alternatives to raw materials or ingredients needed by our customers.

Of course, we understand that bio-based isn’t the answer for everything right now. In the meantime, we will continue to offer traditional chemistries for customers who need them; but whenever we can find a way to convert to a sustainable, renewable source, we’re going to head in that direction.