The story

Ranked #353 on the Fortune 500 list, this “homegrown” company has continued to prosper and reinvent itself throughout the last nine decades of its existence—surviving unscathed through the Great Depression, contributing to the war effort during WWII, and through the years, going through a series of mergers and acquisitions. Eventually, in 1974, the company changed its name to Univar, and adopted the tagline, Univar is Chemistry DeliveredSM.

Recently, Univar took a major step forward in playing a leadership role in the two important areas of safety and sustainability, becoming a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact in 2018, which “reaffirm[s] our ongoing commitment to responsible business.”

With its worldwide team of 9,000 employees in the United States, Canada, China, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, keeping employees, customers, and suppliers connected is a very high priority. Making this connection more challenging is the fact that the company has undergone many mergers and acquisitions over the past several decades.