Novozymes is committed to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and we report our progress on its implementation in our Communication on Progress (COP).


It also addresses our efforts on specific leadership, implementation, and performance criteria.


Below you will find our most recent Sustainability report which includes our UNGC Communication on Progress (COP) and reports from previous years. Further, please refer to our company profile on the UNGC website for more information.


Novozymes COP 2020

Novozymes COP 2019

Novozymes COP 2018

Novozymes COP 2017

Novozymes COP 2016

Novozymes COP 2015

Novozymes COP 2014

Novozymes COP 2013

Novozymes COP 2012

Novozymes COP 2011

Novozymes and the Ten Principles:


For progress on these principles in 2020, please read Novozymes COP 2020

  • Human rights and Labor
    Principle 1:
    Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

    Principle 2:
    make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

    Principle 3:
    Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

    Principle 4:
    the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor

    Principle 5:
    the effective abolition of child labor; and
    Principle 6:
    the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

    Novozymes respects human rights as defined by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and has implemented them in our operational policies and procedures. We respect the International Bill of Human Rights, the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and, since 2001, we have been active with the UNGC.

    Novozymes is committed to ensuring equal opportunities and avoiding discrimination based on race, religion, gender or age in our global organization. We have a policy for diversity and equal opportunities, which covers the entire workforce.

    Novozymes is committed to providing a work environment where all individuals can work together comfortably and productively, free of any kind of harassment and discrimination. We recognize and respect the right to form and join associations and to bargain collectively. Our People & Organization function works together with local leaderships to facilitate the fulfillment of these fundamental rights in countries with limited labor legislation. Novozymes engages in forums to learn about and promote gender equality. We are also a signatory to the Women's Empowerment Principles. One of Novozymes’ primary priorities on the diversity agenda has been to increase the number of women in senior management.

    Novozymes believes that respectful, professional conduct furthers Novozymes’ mission and is fundamental to a good workplace. Novozymes is committed to ensuring the prevention of modern slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chain. We publish our annual statement under the UK Modern Slavery Act on our website. We conduct regionally focused human rights impact assessments to identify and assess human rights risks and impacts in our business and supplier base. As human rights risks vary from region to region, this approach enables us to gain a more comprehensive understanding of human rights risks, our positioning and the associated gaps within the respective regions.
  • Environment
    Principle 7:
    Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges

    Principle 8:
    undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

    Principle 9:

    encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

    Novozymes’ approach to environmental management is anchored in our Sustainability Policy. We are guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we have carefully considered how we can make a positive and tangible impact. We have made commitments (SBTi verified) to help limit global warming increase to 1.5°C (Climate), ensure clean and efficient use of water (Water) and produce more and better products with less impact (Production & Consumption). We are committed to complying with all environmental regulations at all our sites and to maintaining high standards of environmental management on various aspects, including pollution prevention, resource conservation and waste reduction.

    Our research and business are based on bio-innovation. Climate action is an integral part of our business strategy and our solutions enable our customers and end users to reduce CO2 emissions through the application of our solutions. Novozymes’ existing solutions specifically in textile and laundry enable our customers to reduce water consumption compared with conventional methods and improve wastewater quality by replacing chemicals. We endorse, acknowledge and respect the principles of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and the complementary Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefits Sharing. Internal procedures in our management system ensure that we live up to our commitments. We adhere to responsible sourcing as defined by our Responsible Purchasing Standards (RPS) and managed through our Supplier Performance Management (SPM) process and SEDEX sustainability platform. 
  • Anti-corruption
    Principle 10:
    Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery

    Novozymes is committed to conducting business in a responsible, ethical, and transparent manner and to meeting stakeholders’ expectations of high business integrity standards across our operations. We have adopted seven business integrity principles that lay the ground rules for engaging with third parties and apply to all our employees across the world. The business integrity principles are inspired by and adhere to the UN Convention against Corruption. They underline Novozymes’ zero tolerance approach to bribery and set clear rules for gifts and donations. They act as Novozymes’ code of conduct in business integrity matters and form the basis of our efforts to eliminate all forms of corruption.