Principle 7

Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges

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 Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Support for the United Nations Global Compact

Environment and bioethics policy

Position on antibiotic resistance genes in GMMs
Position on detergent enzymes
Position on enzymes produced by GMMs
Position on gene technology in connection with food/feed production
Position on global warming and energy
Position on the labeling of enzymes
Position on biofuels 

Scope and approach
At Novozymes, a precautionary approach to environmental challenges is particularly relevant in the use of modern biotechnology. Novozymes uses genetic engineering, and production is to a large extent based on genetically modified microorganisms (GMM). The precautionary approach therefore forms part of the management system. Research, development, and production follow fixed safety procedures.

Lifecycle assessment
Over the last four years, the majority of Novozymes’ product groups have undergone a thorough evaluation of their environmental impacts, an evaluation process called a lifecycle assessment (LCA). LCA is a scientifically based study of a product's positive and negative environmental impacts throughout its lifecycle: from extraction and production of resources and raw materials through production to use and final disposal of the product.

Please refer to Principles 8 and 9 for an outline of Novozymes’ responsibilities and activities with regard to environmental challenges.

See also:


EC 2

EN 18
EN 26
EN 32

SO 5