Our stakeholders are essential partners in delivering on our purpose and the SDGs. Our most significant contributions to society are driven through collaboration with our customers, consumers, governments, suppliers, academia and others to learn, develop and deliver solutions to the most pressing needs of society. We maintain a transparent and ongoing dialogue with our investors on both financial and ESG performance. This is crucial to ensuring strong long-term relationships and improving our performance on material issues. Novozymes engages with governments in all our regions of operation, primarily through policy advocacy. Our engagement with industry or trade associations further helps us in our policy advocacy efforts. Novozymes presents its positions to policymakers and other interested parties in accordance with national and international laws. Our public affairs employees in Europe, United States, India and China primarily engage with governments through advocacy and consultation forums. They are registered in dedicated lobbyist registers, as legally required (e.g.: the Transparency Register in Brussels). Novozymes does not support political parties or politicians. We do not disclose other contributions, except where required by law.
Our advocacy for climate action
We align our actions with our advocacy for a low carbon future. Novozymes actively engages in global discussions, partnerships and advocacy for robust policy framework to decarbonize the global economy with key stakeholders.
We engage directly with key stakeholders in government, industry and organizations around the world to maintain and strengthen political momentum and we offer knowledge and insights to broaden the understanding of industrial biotech and the industry’s contribution to the green transformation and the Paris Agreement.
- In the EU, through its representation in various industry organizations such as EuropaBIO, ePURE, EBIC, Novozymes supports the EU Green Deal, which articulates a roadmap for how Europe will live up to its ambitious climate commitments and make its economy circular, biobased and sustainable.
- In the US, Novozymes has supported key climate legislation, such as the Renewable Fuel Standard which provides reduced GHG-emissions renewable fuels market access via minimum annual blending volume requirements and the Growing Climate Solutions Act which would enable farmers and foresters to participate in carbon credit markets.
- In Denmark, Novozymes is part of the ‘Climate Partnership for Life Science & Biotech’ which aims to give recommendations on how each industrial sector can contribute to reducing GHG emissions and reach the Danish government’s target of reducing absolute GHG emissions by 70% by 2030, compared to 1990.
- In China, Novozymes supports the Government’s ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2060 and its overall objective of the clean energy strategy in the 14th national five-year plan. Novozymes also advocates for more policy support and subsidies for the advanced bioethanol sector due to its contribution to China’s circular economy.
- In Brazil, Novozymes was a founding member of the Association of Industrial Biotechnology (ABBI), which played a key role in establishing the RenovaBio program, which seeks to reduce the emissions intensity of the Brazilian transport sector in line with its commitment to the Paris Agreement.
- In India, Novozymes has, through the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), extensively engaged with government and industry stakeholders in shaping the National Policy on Biofuels which is aimed at achieving energy security, reducing carbon emissions and reducing dependence on fuel imports. Further, Novozymes supports the Indian government's efforts on climate action and the green transition and will proactively participate in the initiatives through the Danish Embassy in the country.
Biostimulants Products Industry Alliance (BPIA)
The Biological Products Industry Alliance (BPIA) promotes the responsible development of safe and effective biological products including biopesticides, biostimulants, and biofertilizers. Novozymes is a member company and works on advocating for biostimulants.
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
BIO is the world’s largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the US and in more than 30 other nations. BIO believes in mitigating climate change through legislation and has helped pass tax incentives that spur the development of renewable energy projects and associated feedstocks. Novozymes chairs the Industrial and Environmental (I&E) Biotechnology section, as well as the Government Relations and Communications Committees and works to encourage the development of technologies that make lives and environment cleaner, safer and healthier.
China Business and Biodiversity Partnership (CBBP)
China Business and Biodiversity Partnership (CBBP) was established on International Biodiversity Day on 22nd May 2019 and Novozymes was one of the first members to join CBBP. CBBP is initiated by Cooperation Center of Foreign Affairs of Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China, aiming at bridging members and government to have dialogues on biodiversity protection and sustainable utilization related policies, laws and standards. It will also support members to evaluate biodiversity risks and share best practices through the global network.
Confederation of Indian Industries (CII)
CII is an industry body in India that works to create a sustainable environment conducive to the growth of industries in India. Novozymes is a member of CII’s Climate Change Council and chairs CII’s Bioenergy committee that works on promoting bioenergy in the Indian market.
Danish Environment Technology Association (DETA)
The main objective of the Danish Environmental Technology Association (DETA) is to advance solutions to global environmental challenges on the top of the political agenda nationally, in the EU and internationally. As a member of the Partnership for Sustainable Biorefineries, led by the Danish Environment Technology Association, Novozymes collaborates with other influential industry players to make advanced bioeconomy and biorefining a Danish priority.
European Biostimulants Industry Council (EBIC)
Novozymes is a member of European Biostimulants Industry Council (EBIC), whose mission is to promote the contribution of plant biostimulants, to make agriculture more sustainable and resilient. Through this, Novozymes aims to promote a conducive environment that favors growth of biostimulant market.
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
FICCI is an association of business organizations in India that acts as a conduit for government–industry exchange and facilitates business-to-business linkages for trade and investment. Novozymes is a member of FICCI’s subcommittee on crop protection chemicals through which we advocate for biostimulant policy in line with global standards and promote sustainable bioagricultural solutions.
Novozymes is the founding member of Fuels America which is a coalition of organizations committed to protecting America’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and promoting homegrown biofuels that are good for the U.S. economy. Through Fuels America, Novozymes advocates for increasing consumer access to low-carbon biofuels.
HelloScience is a radical collaborative innovation and project development platform founded by Novozymes in 2017. It aims to drive collaborative innovation in new ways, framing activities using the UN SDGs. In November and December 2019, a fully revised HelloScience platform was launched.
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the world’s largest business organization, representing more than 45 million companies in over 100 countries. Novozymes supports the work of ICC, notably in the areas of sustainable development, climate change and the environment. Novozymes chairs ICC’s Commission on Environment and Energy since March 2018 and has been actively engaged with the commission in supporting numerous climate change advocacy and business engagement efforts.
Partnering for Green Growth (P4G) and the Global Goals 2030
P4G – Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 – is an initiative commenced in 2018, with the ambition of becoming the world’s leading forum for developing concrete public-private partnerships at scale to deliver on the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. The five key focus area of P4G are food and agriculture, water, energy, cities and circular economy. Novozymes is a business partner in this initiative.
The GC3 Sustainable Chemistry Alliance
Novozymes is a founding member of the GC3 Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (GC3SCA) which is a diverse group of companies reflecting the entire breadth of the sustainable chemistry value chain and advocates for federal policies that support green chemistry. Together with GC3SCA, Novozymes has been advocating the passage of the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act through participation in congressional meetings, briefings and hearings.
United States Council for International Business (USCIB)
The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) is an independent business advocacy group of some 300 multinational companies, law firms and business associations. It works to promote free trade and provides its members access to international policy makers and regulatory authorities. Advocacy for sustainable development is one of the important focus areas of USCIB. Novozymes remains strongly engaged with USCIB on areas of sustainable development and business contribution.
Additional examples on Novozymes advocacy efforts
The 2018 Farm Bill in the US - Plant Biostimulants and Energy Title
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill, was signed into law on December 20, 2018, and provides the first statutory language regarding plant biostimulants in any law in the United States. This is a major step forward for biostimulant products. Novozymes, as a member of the Biostimulant Products Industry Alliance (BPIA), advocated for the biostimulant language to be included in the final bill. The Energy Title primarily focuses on support for renewable energy—particularly agriculture-related energy—as well as energy efficiency and bioproducts (e.g., cleaning supplies). The Energy Title includes relevant government programs including; Biobased Markets Program ("BioPreferred”), the Biorefinery Assistance Program, the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, the Biomass Research & Development Initiative, the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program, the Carbon Utilization and Biogas Education Program, the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels Program, and the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The intent of the Farm Bill Energy title program is to be cross-cutting and cost-effective, in revitalizing the rural economy in the U.S. through applications of biomass for energy.
National Biofuels Policy, India
Novozymes supports the National Biofuels policy that was announced in 2018. We are helping the advancement of the biorefineries through our thought leadership within the biofuel space. Our expert input in this area has been appreciated by the Indian oil companies who are currently building 2G refineries in India.
Key engagements 2020 (non-exhaustive list)
- ABBI - Associação Brasileira de Bioinovação (Brazilian Bio-innovation association)
- AMCHAM - American Chamber of Commerce
- American Cleaning Institute
- American Danish Business Council in the US
- ANPII - Associação Nacional dos Produtores e Importadores de inoculante (Producers and Importers of Inoculants National Association)
- Associação Brasileira da Indústria de Produtos Limpeza Afins (ABIPLA-Brazilian Association of Cleaning Products Industry and related)
- Associação Brasileira da Indústria e Comércio de Ingredientes e Aditivos para Alimentos (ABIAM-Brazilian Association of Industry and Commerce of Food Ingredients and Additives)
- Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE)
- Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC); BioBased Industries Joint Undertaking; Biopesticide Industry Alliance
- Biotechnology Innnovation Organization (BIO); EuropaBIO; US BIO
- Business Council for the United Nations
- Business Fights Poverty
- CEO Water Mandate
- CNI - Confederação Nacional da Indústria - Brasília
- Confederation of Indian Food Trade and Industry (CIFTI) - Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
- Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) - Bioenergy Committee
- CropLife America (BioAg)
- Danish Biorefining Alliance
- Danish Chamber of Commerce in Brazil
- Danish government's 'Climate Partnership for Life Science & Biotech'
- Dansk Erhverv
- EBIC - European Biostimulants Industry Consortium
- Enzyme Technical Association US
- EU Biobased Industries
- European Federation of Biotechnology
- Fuels America
- Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3)
- Growth Energy
- International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); United States Council for International Business (USCIB)
- Medical Device Manufacturers Association
- NC Biotechnology Center
- North Carolina Biosciences Organization
- Partnering for the Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G)
- Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
- SBOG - Sociedade Brasileira de Óleos e Gorduras (Oils and Fats Brazilian Society)
- Sustainable Chemistry Alliance
- The Household and Commercial Products Association
- UNEM - União Nacional do Etanol de Milho (Corn Ethanol National Union)
- United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) (LEAD) and local networks (Denmark, US, Brazil, China, India)