“In essence, the Hunt culture is a collection of men and women with shared values and shared work ethic all working toward common goals.”Ray L. HuntExecutive Chairman of Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
One of the keys to long-term success for a company, especially a private, family-owned company, is a strong corporate culture – a combination of an underlying work ethic and set of values. When a critical mass of people shares a culture, they establish a foundation of common ground in which collaboration, innovation, problem-solving, and opportunities can grow.
When people join the Company, they bring with them new perspectives and ideas that help enrich and grow the Hunt culture. Guided by our Core Values, our culture is what has made Hunt a great place to work for more than 87 years and is why we actively work to preserve and cultivate it. Together, our people have created an organization much more powerful than any one individual.
Staying Connected Through the Pandemic
We take great pride in our connection with our people. Our commitment to these relationships demands that we consistently communicate, so our team members are informed, valued, and prepared
The challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic prompted greater use of digital platforms, which allowed us to sustain many Hunt traditions through the pandemic. With employees working remotely, we adapted our style of work across functional teams and business units, enhancing our technical skills and developing new ways to work and communicate collaboratively.
Celebrating employment milestones virtually
Finding ways to give back to our community and still have fun with our peers
Facilitating sessions where leadership discussed corporate objectives, IT initiatives, business unit collaborations, foreign office updates, and COVID-19/pandemic updates
Virtually holding our traditional annual meeting, town halls, and holiday events with participation from all Hunt employees worldwide
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Throughout our various areas of operations, there are many ways for employees to get involved and give back to the community
Over the last 35 years, team members from across the Company have organized themselves in a volunteer effort called “Hunt Volunteers.” These men and women have donated over 50,000 hours of their time and have partnered with over 40 different organizations engaging with their communities. Some partnerships are annual, like the Angel Tree Toy Drive, while others occur on a monthly basis, such as volunteering with local shelters to provide meals for those in need.
In 2020, the Hunt Cares Campaign achieved 14 consecutive years of 100% employee participation to support charities serving our community. As part of the campaign, the Company partners with the Communities Foundation of Texas to donate to over 1,500 non-profit organizations across Texas. Employees can donate to organizations that are personally meaningful to them, and Hunt matches every dollar of what employees give.
Hunt Cares also includes an annual eAuction and Hunt Golf Tournament, with donations benefiting select non-profits in the DFW area.
Since 2013, employees from Peru have raised funds and provided support to individuals and families in severe poverty. We partner with non-profit organizations in order to capitalize on their expert knowledge and experience and to provide the best support possible.
We support organizations like Bienaventuranzas, which serves as a shelter for children that have been abandoned and other vulnerable groups, quite often with severe health problems. During COVID-19, employees continued to provide funds that serve families in poverty who have been most affected by the pandemic.
To ensure that the corporate culture of Hunt would always meet the needs of our people, we founded the Company’s Culture Committee in 2007. The Committee is comprised of employees who steward and nurture the ongoing development of our company culture. Multiple committees exist across the organization including ones for the Hunt Headquarters, Hunt Refining, Hunt Peru, and Hunt Oil Company field offices.
The Committee provides guidance on a variety of topics, including communication initiatives/efforts, community engagement via Hunt Cares and Hunt Helpers, as well as efforts to increase employee engagement, work space interaction, collaboration efforts, and other critical corporate initiatives.
The importance and value of the Culture Committee was clearly evident as we navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee focused on work-from-home dynamics, critical corporate communications, and increasing employee morale and engagement.
Moving forward, the Culture Committee will help take the lessons learned and innovations made during the last year to ensure the Company not only maintains but improves the corporate culture.
- Represent thoughts and concerns of all employees
- Actively seek input from fellow employees and relay those findings to the Committee
- Discuss recent and upcoming Company events related to an upcoming event, new initiative, or changes to an existing event
- Give feedback and suggestions on a variety of items that may have an impact on the employees
- Receive reports on what has been discussed in the other Culture Committees