Principle 1

Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights

Novozymes' management system – including values, relevant policies, etc.

Novozymes' approach in 2008

Reference to GRI G3 performance indicators

The Novozymes Touch

  • Vision, values, and fundamental principles
  • Support for the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Support for the United Nations Global Compact

Social responsibility policy
People policy

Position on human rights
Position on diversity and equal opportunities 

Scope and approach
Novozymes supports the international human rights principles and labor standards. Relevant principles are integrated systematically to ensure that global and local initiatives do not conflict. Novozymes' seven minimum standards of human and labor rights are based on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the principles of the UN Global Compact.

The minimum standards cover freedom of association, nondiscrimination, working hours, salary and benefits, disciplinary measures, child labor, and forced labor.

As well as ensuring compliance with global minimum standards, Novozymes’ sites have developed local social responsibility strategies on an annual basis since 2004. In 2008, it has been decided that the minimum standards will be reported to the Sustainability Development Board, which will review them and decide upon further action. For more information, please refer to Novozymes’ overall approach to sustainability.


Please refer to principles 2 to 6 for an outline of Novozymes’ responsibilities and activities with regard to human rights and labor rights.

See also:


HR 1
HR 2
HR 3
HR 4
HR 5
HR 6
HR 7
HR 9

EC 5

LA 6
LA 7
LA 8
LA 13

SO 5

PR 1