In continuation of efforts to optimize and expand the scope of Novozymes’ Responsible Purchasing program in 2011, we plan to further improve specification of supplier requirements by developing enhanced assessment guidance information for implementation in 2012.
To involve suppliers more openly in innovation and in identifying joint sustainable solutions, we have planned a Supplier Innovation Day in March 2012.
Furthermore, supplier performance management will remain on the agenda of the SDB as a strategic project for 2012, with allocated resources for the development and implementation of the project. We will also continue further training of purchasers and auditors.
For more information, please refer to our policy and position on Responsible Purchasing.
Novozymes welcomes the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights
As a strategic project for 2012 anchored in the Sustainability Development Board, Novozymes has allocated resources to identify how to further integrate the new guidelines in our own activities and in our collaboration with suppliers going forward.
Together with four other companies in the Danish Business Network on Human Rights network, Novozymes is currently testing a practical tool developed by a German UN Global Compact group to identify areas for improvement and focus in the coming years.
The main component of Novozymes’ due diligence process is the annual self-assessments of minimum standards that document the main issues in different regional contexts, to what extent we comply with our minimum standards internally, and any shortfalls, including potential adverse impacts. Perspectives for including human rights and labor practices in our due diligence process will be explored in further detail during 2012.