Nemko makes the world a safer place

For more than 85 years, Nemko has worked closely with businesses to solve challenges with standards and compliance. With offices, laboratories and an extensive partner network across Asia, North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Nemko has helped many companies around the world to test their products, ensure compliance with local and international standards, and gain certifications.


Making the obvious change

Digitalisation was an obvious change to make for Nemko. In order to manage and communicate with 500 employees around the world, with particular focus on encouraging a feeling of being one unified organisation, Nemko needed a common platform.

“It had to be a system that could be accessed from anywhere,” says Slapgard. “One that had a low barrier for implementation, would be easy to learn, and that employees at all levels would actually use.”

Despite knowing what they needed, it was another challenge altogether to find a supplier that met their requirements. Nemko met with 8-10 suppliers and took close to two years to make a final decision.

“We could see that CatalystOne had a similar philosophy to ours, and that gave us confidence and helped build trust,” says Rune Slapgard, Senior VP of HR. “They offered great flexibility in the way they worked with customers.”

Opening up the conversation

“What we needed was to consolidate our master data on one platform,” says Rune. “We wanted to build annual development reviews into a single system that would enable a dialogue between employees and their line managers.”

From overall strategy to personal working goals, Nemko needed to implement a solution that would link all the global HR data together to help with planning and budgeting for each coming year. CatalystOne was the system that stood above the others.

The story so far...

One and a half years on, Nemko is happy they chose CatalystOne, and they are well on the way to meeting their original challenges.

“One change was the system itself,” Rune explains, “but it was also a cultural change. We wanted to fill up the system with good information, and that took time with each new module we implemented. But we did it in what I like to call 'the Nemko way' – by being flexible, staying close to our employees, and moving slowly and deliberately. We tested and improved along the way, and I think that’s why we succeeded.”

Nemko’s four organisational values are Integrity, Caring, Competent and Improving. Everything that happens within the organisation comes back to these core values.

Now, Nemko is in a growth phase with the goal to double revenue within five years. This means that learning and development both for new and existing employees will be a key success factor in the coming years. Nemko is particularly focused on employee engagement, using the CatalystOne system to conduct and analyse engagement surveys.

“We have a specific KPI focused on employee engagement,” says Rune. “Our managers use the HR system to help us become better managers and leaders. We also want all our employees to have their own learning and development plan. Having a good system in place helps us build on that.”

The challenge

With employees spread all over the world, Nemko needed an HR solution that would bring everyone together and create a feeling of being one unified organisation.

The solution

Nemko implemented a comprehensive HR system from CatalystOne that could be accessed from anywhere, had a low barrier for implementation, and that employees would really want to use.

Why did Nemko choose CatalystOne?

"We could see that CatalystOne had a similar philosophy to ours, and that gave us confidence and helped build trust. They offered great flexibility in the way they worked with customers."

Going digital with HR is part of a larger-scale change

CatalystOne's solution is just one part of a wider push towards global digitalisation for Nemko. They have a CRM system in place and use a customer portal for production data. Even within the company, they’re bringing in office tools like smart boards to go from paper to digital across the organisation.

Join 100+ other Nordic organizations (500-10,000 employees) that are already handling their HR with the CatalystOne HR software suite.


“Our goal is to become ‘One Nemko’. Digitalisation helps with that. It makes us stronger and closer. Good tools support that and help us work towards living our values.”

– Rune Slapgard, Vice President of HR, Nemko

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