DSM and Unite-X have a long story of cooperation. Unite-X has been collaborating with DSM on supporting the Life Saving Rules and improving safety results for more than ten years now.

The cooperation started with the implementation of the Unite-Permit to Work on a small number of sites and developed into a global rollout of Permit to Work and LoToTo in 2016.

DSM has decided that the solution of Unite-X was compliant with their criteria and would support them in achieving their goals of spreading a global safety standard both in functionality and implementation requirements.

Herman Bruns, Corporate SHE Expert at DSM, gives more detail on the various aspects of a global implementation. Watch the video ->

In 2017, the implementation of Unite-Permit to Work was mentioned in DSM’s integrated annual 2017 year report.

One year later, in 2018, DSM stated:

“After successful implementation at several sites in Europe and the US, DSM Operations & Responsible Care asked Sourcing to negotiate a global contract for the implementation of Permit to Work and LoToTo by iB&X. DSM Sourcing Europe advocated this tool to improve contractor safety and improve efficiency in work planning at the Europe production sites. iB&X adapted their way of implementing and reporting to also report on improved efficiency.”

In 2021 DSM honored Unite-X (former iB&X) with the Indirect Best Overall Supplier Award. It was awarded in the category: Of best overall supplier indirect sourcing within technical goods and services.

DSM highlighted the technical support provided in 2021, that led to the implementation of a standardized digital work permitting tool and procedures. “This secured a safe working environment for our own people and for our contractors’ employees, while at the same time optimizing the work and the planning process and reducing costs.” commented DSM.

Barbro Stalbrink, director of Unite-X, with the Award of DSM ->

In 2023, cooperation continues, bringing global safety awareness of DSM-Firmenich teams across the globe to a new level of Operational Safety Excellence.

The global implementation of the Permit to Work and the LoToTo process delivers measurable improvements to DSM’s safety track record. Building and implementing a global standard for Permit to Work allows DSM to compare, share, learn, and improve, supporting the continuous improvement cycle.

Moreover, teams successfully adapt corporate initiatives while supporting local specifics and customs, uniting around achieving maximum safety and efficiency.

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“This supplier embodies what we look for in a true partnership and sets the standard for what we would like all of our suppliers to achieve.

iB&X has supported DEM and DPM with strategic alignment, achieved through collaboration both commercially and technically and played a key role in improving safety at our sites.

We would like to congratulate you on this award. And thank you for being a true pleasure for our team to work with. We are really looking forward to our journey together.”

Aneth Boozer
Vice President DSM Indirect Procurement

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