Principle 8

Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility

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 Labeling of enzymes

Position on global warming and energy
Position on biofuels 

Scope and approach
Novozymes operates in the business-to-business market. Companies are increasingly encountering requirements and expectations that they should contribute to sustainable development, and this is increasingly seen as an opportunity for Novozymes. Promoting environmental responsibility is becoming enlightened self-interest. Using product lifecycle assessments (LCA), we look at the impact on the environment at every stage of a product’s lifecycle, and find that enzyme technology is generally an environmentally friendly alternative to other technologies. 

Responsibilities and activities
Novozymes has a central environmental unit and a number of decentral units linked to production sites. Efforts on environmental performance are coordinated in a network of management representatives from production sites.  Developing Novozymes’ overall approach to sustainability, providing internal guidelines and tools, and carrying out LCAs are responsibilities of corporate headquarters.

Promoting environmental responsibility
Managing stakeholder relations and promoting environmental responsibility are increasingly integrated into our day-to-day business. Examples are:

  • Results of LCAs are used in the dialog with Novozymes' customers about enzyme technology and product quality
  • All pipeline discovery and development projects in R&D must pass through LCA Light analysis
  • Novozymes’ suppliers are asked to provide information on environmental management and performance through a questionnaire. Accordingly, evaluating suppliers' environmental performance is an integrated part of Novozymes' purchasing management system
  • Environmental audits are carried out for selected suppliers as an integrated part of Novozymes' quality audits.

Environmental safety and supplier performance
To Novozymes it is important to promote environmental responsibility among partners in our supply chain, and to further expand the scope of sustainability and responsible sourcing in our supply chain, Novozymes is currently developing a comprehensive supplier performance management system. The system covers all aspects of our supplier performance management from approval of new suppliers to performance evaluation. Based on an integrated set of evaluation criteria, including environmental, employee health and safety, human rights, and business ethics, the system will provide risk profiles on all suppliers in Novozymes’ Enzyme Business. Implementation of the system will be initiated in April 2009, and full implementation is expected to be in place by 2010.     

Transport and the environment
Novozymes purchases transport services from providers in different countries around the world. These services involve transport of Novozymes' raw materials, products, etc. by train, ship, truck, and air. Calculating the environmental impact of transport is extremely complex and requires close collaboration with the transport companies. The data relates only to the transport of goods within Denmark and transport by truck and air to and from Denmark, and covers approx. 90% of Novozymes’ total transport of enzymes by truck from sites in Denmark. We strive to continue to improve environmental performance.

For more information, please refer to The Novozymes Report on Transportation and the Environment.


See also:


EN 1
EN 3 - 8
EN 11 - 26
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SO 5

PR 3
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