Novozymes has been a signatory to the UN Global Compact since 2001. In 2011, the UN launched Global Compact LEAD, a new platform for corporate sustainability leadership. Novozymes was invited to become a participant along with 53 other companies. We see this as an opportunity to further develop and share our sustainability capabilities and knowledge, and keep driving the world towards sustainability.
Our Communication on Progress (COP) addresses our efforts on specific leadership, implementation, and performance criteria, and has been designed to meet the requirements of the new Advanced Level and Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership launched in 2010 by UNGC. Read our latest UNGC COP report as part of our annual report here.
Moving towards a next-generation ethanol economyThe world has a unique opportunity to develop a next-generation bioproduct industry in the next two decades. There could be major benefits in terms of job creation, the economy, reduction of greenhouse gases and energy security. Read the executive summary from Bloomberg on the next-generation ethanol economy (pdf), or view the full study (pdf).
Diversifying farmers' income - how a bioproduct industry will affect the EU27 agricultural sectorIn Europe today there is an agricultural residue resource available that could be sustainably harvested without altering current agricultural land-use patterns. This resource could be turned into a variety of bioproducts ranging from transport fuels to chemicals and plastics. Read the executive summary "Bioproducts - diversifying farmers' income", by Bloomberg (pdf). See the slideshow "Bioproducts - diversifying farmers' income", by Bloomberg (pdf).
Next-generation ethanol and biochemicals: what's in it for EuropeIn this report, Bloomberg New Energy Finance explores the outcomes, barriers and policies required to develop a bioproducts industry in EU27 over the next decade. Read the paper from Bloomberg on "Next-generation ethanol and biochemicals: what's in it for Europe" (pdf).
Next-generation ethanol: what's in it for IndiaThe agricultural sector has long been the backbone of India's economy. In this report, Bloomberg New Energy Finance explores the industry potential, barriers and policies required to facilitate its development in India over the next decade. Read the paper from Bloomberg on Next-generation ethanol: what's in it for India (pdf).
Biofuel - a contribution to an informed discussionBiofuels is a complex technology. In this booklet, we offer facts and insights to encourage a more informed discussion. Novozymes' booklet: Biofuel - a contribution to an informed discussion
WWF report: Industrial biotech can save the world up to 2.5 billion tons of CO2 per year
The WWF report "Industrial biotechnology – more than green fuel in a dirty economy?" concludes that industrial biotechnology can provide dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
The paper contains key findings as well as policy recommendations. It can be downloaded here: http://www.bio-economy.net/reports/files/wwf_biotech.pdf
The detailed technical report, GHG Emission Reductions With Industrial Biotechnology: Assessing the Opportunities, which provides the analysis and background for the conclusions, can also be found here: "www.panda.org".
Biological diversity & Nagoya protocol
Novozymes' position statement on biodiversity Including confirmation of compliance with the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya protocolThe United Nations Convention on Biodiversity is an international legal instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was inspired by the world community's growing commitment to sustainable development.
The CBD has been in force since December 1993. With the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilization in October 2014, the CBD was complemented with more specific guidance on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS).
Novozymes supports the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in terms of "the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources". Novozymes endorses the globally recognized principles on the utilization of genetic resources according to the CBD.
Novozymes acknowledges and respects the principles of both the CBD and the Nagoya protocol, and the company has internal procedures to ensure that it lives up to its commitments.
Novozymes promotes fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and promotes appropriate access to such resources, as internationally agreed. We regularly assess outcomes of CBD meetings with a view to undertake a broader strategic discussion on its management and reporting of biodiversity issues.