A reliable and safe supply chain is essential to secure our production and remain efficient. Our purchasing requirements includes sustainability aspects alongside quality and commercial parameters.


Novozymes’ purchasing policy takes into consideration sustainability as well as commercial and quality aspects. In order to identify risks and opportunities in the global purchasing processes, an advanced supplier performance management (SPM) system has been developed. The system follows Novozymes approach to supplier management, and it helps rank and compare suppliers according to risks and opportunities. The system is also designed to help the purchasing function identify the suppliers who typically pose the biggest risks. Suppliers with critical issues are subject to further questions or an audit.

Initiatives & activities

Supplier Performance Management system:

  • New suppliers: All new suppliers are introduced to Novozymes’ Supplier Guidelines, and our position on responsible purchasing is included in purchase agreements with suppliers. 
  • Evaluation process: Novozymes’ process for screening and evaluating suppliers ensures a sustainable and systematic sourcing practice. The supplier evaluation process is based on the insight of skilled category managers who by using different media, collect the information needed to be able to identify risks and opportunities in relation to both new and existing suppliers. 
  •  Assessment criteria: Novozymes' baseline expectations to suppliers comprise eight criteria regarding: Responsibility and innovation, Commercial aspects, Quality, Environment, Employee health & safety, Human and labor rights, Business ethics, and Supply chain. Please refer to Novozymes’ Supplier Guidelines.
  • Audit: Novozymes may ask our suppliers to provide information by filling in questionnaires and accepting visits or audits.

Management system & guidelines

Please refer to Novozymes’ general approach to Purchasing and Novozymes' position on responsible purchasing.

2015 Targets

  • 98% of total spend to be covered by the supplier performance management system.
  • 95% of Novozymes directly sourced agricultural raw materials do not lead to any net deforestation.

2014 Performance

  • 99% of total spend was covered by the supplier performance system, surpassing the target of 97.5%.



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