Finding a solution for multilingual internal communications across four global regions for a world-leading chemical and ingredient supplier required trust and imaginative thinking…


Univar is a world leader in chemical and ingredients supply.  They work with all industry sectors from food, personal care and pharma, to printing inks and even the automotive industry. Univar have a team of technical industry specialists and laboratories to help work with customers to formulate bespoke products.

While English is Univar’s business language, internal communications go out to a diverse team spread across many geographies in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia/Pacific – so it is essential they translate into local languages for their larger populations where there are a mix of warehouse and office employees with varying levels of English understanding. 

When it became apparent Univar needed help to turn around important communications rapidly, Internal Communications Manager Hayley Lamper realised this was not something they could do internally. 

  • Key Facts

  • Category

    Translation & Localization

  • Language

    Russian, French, German, Spanish, Portugese, Polish and Simplified Chinese

  • Brief

    Localize corporate communications content in written and video formats for global distribution.

How did One Global help?

One Global translates into six languages as standard for Univar, and on occasion up to 18.  These include regular messages from the EMEA President in both email and video format – translating both the written and spoken word.  OG also translate posters and booklets using many file formats.  ‘Not having to supply everything in Word speeds up the time needed to format and distribute the translations as they come back.’

‘Using the local language is important for not only showing respect but demonstrating a level of commitment to our values of Commercial Greatness, Operational Excellence and ONE Univar.’

Hayley Lamper, Univar Solutions

The Benefits

‘One Global are a friendly, efficient team who can think outside the box to help solve any communication challenges, and have been a great support.  As they have got to know us, they are an extra set of eyes and have regularly spotted small typos I am sure would have gone unnoticed in a larger company.  They take the quality of their work seriously, and have worked with our teams in France and Turkey to improve their translations so the ‘Univar and local way of phrasing’ come through.

‘One Global is a very personal company, and because of this relationship and trust we have since grown the amount we do and worked on new projects together, learning how we can maximise our use of translations to communicate across all our geographies effectively.

‘One Global pride themselves on making you feel like they are part of your team and not just an external supplier.

‘We have been able to learn together how we can improve translations and ensure language is not a barrier in communicating. Even with the odd impossible deadline, they have successfully risen to the challenge!’

‘One Global feel like part of the team. I realise I am not One Global’s only customer, but it often feels like I am and that is rare.’

Hayley Lamper, Univar Solutions

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