Food, agriculture and industrial giant, Cargill, needed to transform itself in response to the challenge and opportunities of an ever-more complex and dynamic world.
And so, in 2017 Cargill asked INSEAD to co-design and deliver "Catalyst". This vast programme of blended digital and face-to-face learning targeted the company's top 1,700 leaders.
Cargill has a proud 155-year history as a giant of global business, but in 2017 the senior leadership team recognised that the company faced significant challenges.
From a rapidly changing competitive landscape, evolving consumer trends and supplier demands to rising social and business issues, there were many obstacles to overcome. However, change and disruption also brought with it opportunities for growth as well as greater customer and staff satisfaction.
A long-term commitment
The INSEAD-Cargill partnership has been one of those rare and gratifying collaborations that resulted in a true synergy of purpose and talents to achieve ambitious objectives. The results of our partnership speak to the impact the Catalyst experience has had across the entire organisation. Our partnership achieved one of the objectives Cargill stipulated from the start which was that Catalyst shouldn’t really end, but instead ignite continuous learning as participants “pay it forward” to others. We are honoured that our work together on the Catalyst program has supported a shift in the way Cargill’s leaders think and talk about their business.
Regional Director, The Americas at INSEAD Executive Education
Our collaboration with INSEAD was distinct in that they were side by side with us all along the way, equally open and invested in an agile, ‘test and learn’ approach, and consistently adapted to deliver on Cargill’s strategic needs, especially in this COVID-19 pandemic. In times of uncertainty, it’s gratifying to see recognition of Cargill’s dedication to a culture of learning and to the mindset of learning as a differentiator.
Head of Global Learning & Development at Cargill
Cargill works across many different markets and industries to help the world thrive.
With a team of 155,000 professionals in 70 countries, Cargill draws together the worlds of food, agriculture, nutrition and risk management. For more than 155 years, the company has helped farmers to grow more, connecting them to broader markets. Its products also meet the needs of consumers, and advance nutrition, food safety and sustainability. Today, Cargill is the largest privately held corporation in the United States in terms of revenue ($114.6 billion in 2020).