India community engagement
Partnering with universities to disseminate science understanding.
Voice for biotechnology
In India , Novozymes organized "Voice for Biotech," a public speaking competition in universities in which students were given a platform to speak about the role of biotechnology in areas such as food security, sustainable biofuels and affordable healthcare. The winners were awarded cash prizes and internships at Novozymes’ R&D facility in Bangalore. This initiative helped spread awareness of sustainable solutions and biotechnology, and attract future talent.
For the first time in 2013, Novozymes organized “Voice for Biotech”, an intercollegiate public speaking contest in universities where students were given a platform to speak about the role of biotechnology in areas such as food security, sustainable biofuels and affordable healthcare. The objective of the event was to create awareness about the role of biotech in sustainable solutions and to attract future talent. The event was conducted in the cities of Bangalore, Chennai and Solan and received a participation of around 2000 students from 68 different universities from across the country. The winners were awarded cash prizes and internships at the Novozymes R&D facility in Bangalore. This program was continued in 2014, scaling up and reaching approximately 8,000 learners through two events organized in Kolkata and Pune.
Program with the AADTT Institute in Maharashtra, India
In 2014, Novozymes' employees from Technical Services designed a curriculum on applying enzyme technology and sustainability concepts in textile processing, and trained textile technologists at the Advanced Academy for Development of Textile Technologists (AADTT), India. This was implemented in collaboration with textile industry partners Alok Industries and DyStar. The AADTT recruits promising textile technologists from across the country and trains them for one year. Upon completion of the program, these trained candidates can consider suitable recruitment or further development within the industry. We have engaged two cohorts of graduate professionals in this program (2014/15 and 2015/16). This project is a great example of Novozymes' corporate citizenship initiative which directly supports our business targets.
Partnership with the Bangladesh University of Textiles
The textile industry is looking for sustainable solutions to address challenges related to protecting the environment and conserving water. Bangladesh is known for its strong focus on the textile industry, and the Bangladesh University of Textiles is the only public textile university in Bangladesh. In 2012, Novozymes partnered with the Bangladesh University of Textiles to increase the students’ awareness and knowledge of sustainability and biotechnology. The idea has been to introduce biotechnology and sustainability to the students of their Masters programs and their fourth year undergraduates at the university’s academic branch.
Part of the partnership has been to incorporate “Biotechnology and Sustainability”, as a topic into the university’s existing syllabus in the Masters’ course with the purpose of enhancing the future textile mills managers’ knowledge of the application of biotechnology in textile processes, including sustainability aspects. Representatives from Novozymes India have also conducted classes on relevant subjects at the university, where our products have been demonstrated in the university labs. In 2012, Novozymes reached out to approximately 100 students.
Environmental responsibility is important to Novozymes and we are committed to create awareness about the challenges that the planet faces due to high pressure on its natural resources. That is why the project Green Warrior was initiated by the South East Asia Sales team together with the local NGO, Eco Watch, to organize a tree planting day. The objective of the planting day was to enhance the green cover which is fast degrading and disappearing in Bangalore due to road widening activities and infrastructure projects. Novozymes employees planted 700 indigenous trees that have a capacity to absorb carbon emissions in the established bio-park in Bangalore.