We have audited the Annual Report of Novozymes A/S for 2008, which comprises the Statement of the Board of Directors and Executive Management, Management’s review, accounting policies, income statement, balance sheet, statement of shareholders’ equity, statement of cash flows and notes for the Group as well as for the Parent Company, and environmental, social and knowledge data for the Group. The Consolidated Financial Statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU, and the Parent Company Financial Statements are prepared in accordance with the Danish Financial Statements Act. Further, the Annual Report is prepared in accordance with additional Danish disclosure requirements for annual reports of listed companies.Management’s Responsibility for the Annual Report
Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of the Annual Report in accordance with the said legislation and accounting standards. This responsibility includes: designing, implementing and maintaining internal controls relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of an Annual Report that is free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error; selecting and applying appropriate accounting policies; and making accounting estimates that are reasonable in the circumstances.Auditor’s Responsibility
Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Annual Report based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with International and Danish Auditing Standards. Those standards require that we comply with ethical requirements, and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance as to whether the Annual Report is free from material misstatement. An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence of the amounts and disclosures in the Annual Report. The procedures selected depend on the auditor’s judgement, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement in the Annual Report, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal controls relevant to the Entity’s preparation and fair presentation of the Annual Report in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Entity’s internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by Management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the Annual Report.
We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion.
Our audit has not resulted in any qualification.
In our opinion, the Annual Report gives a true and fair view of the Group’s assets, liabilities and financial position at December 31, 2008 and of the results of the Group’s operations and consolidated cash flows for the financial year 2008, in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, as adopted by the EU, and additional Danish disclosure requirements for annual reports of listed companies.
In addition, in our opinion, the Annual Report gives a true and fair view of the Parent Company’s assets, liabilities and financial position at December 31, 2008 and of the results of the Parent Company’s operations for the financial year 2008 in accordance with the Danish Financial Statements Act and additional Danish disclosure requirements for annual reports of listed companies.
Bagsvaerd, January 22, 2009
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