Supporting communities coping with COVID-19
- We have launched an educational webpage about fungi and enzymes; ‘Wonders of Biology’ for parents to use in home teaching.
- We are working with customers to deliver solutions for the production of alcohol for hand sanitizing.
- Our enzymes are a key component in many coronavirus diagnostics kits, and we work diligently to ensure swift and continues supply to healthcare companies who produce the kits.
- We are ready to provide equipment such as e.g. PCR equipment and resources to run the COVID-19 testing process at our laboratories should authorities need our help.
- To help our smaller vendors, we speed up payments.
- We produce and deliver enzymes that are critical for everyday products – see here
- Novozymes’ enzymes are used to manufacture nutrition that can help individuals with gastrointestinal disorders. During COVID-19, patients on ventilators cannot consume solid foods and they require tube feeding of liquid nutrients. We prioritize production and supply of enzymes for these types of liquid nutrients.
- As a part of our Inspire Targets, Novozymes employees can pledge work time to local outreach activities. For an example, in Denmark we have an employee, a trained nurse, who now spends some working days helping to test for COVID-19 at Holbæk Hospital.
- From our South Africa office, we have engaged with FoodForward – a nation-wide foodbank that addresses the widespread hunger in the country – to donate a financial contribution that facilitates the provision of more than 1500 proper meals. These meals will be served in communities particularly vulnerable to the consequences of COVID-19.
- We have donated to the Solidarity Fund – the Government of South Africa’s COVID-19 response fund, which will provide grants to small and mid-size enterprises and to daily-wage earners.
- To fight COVID-19 we have donated 1 million RMB via Red Cross to help build hospitals in Huoshenshan and Leishenshan, procure supplies, and provide support for frontline workers.
- Novozymes has contributed 1 million INR to the Chief Minister State Relief Fund for the State of Maharashtra, the state in which our Indian production site is located.
- Also in India, Novozymes’ employees at our Mumbai site have raised funds to support the tribal community, essential workers such as police officers, and our contractual workers. The funds have been able to support approximately 250 tribal homes.
- Around 150 Novozymes employees participated in a virtual fitness challenge to raise money for daily-wage earners, whose lives have come to a standstill due to the COVID-19 crisis. Observing local rules and guidelines, our employees walked approximately 2.3 million steps in a day, with each step sparking a proportional contribution towards a donation eventually totaling 2 million INR. The sum has been donated specifically for state funds, and organizations in Mumbai and Bangalore – where Novozymes operates – involved with disaster management and eradication of hunger.
- In Malaysia, we are supporting local NGOs that deliver food to daily-wage earners without jobs due to the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown – donating sought-after provisions such as rice, cooking oil, and detergents. The NGOs we work with each support 200-500 families daily.
- In Japan, we have donated lab equipment and Personal Protection Equipment to the Municipality of Chiba – in which our Japanese R&D facilities are located.
As Denmark aims to test more people for the virus, Novozymes and Novo Nordisk Foundation donate essential equipment to a new test facility established at The Serum Institute in Denmark. Novozymes immediately transfers a liquid handler from our R&D facilities and will also contribute knowledge. The liquid handler is essential equipment that expands capacity for faster testing of more people. See this video to learn about the test facility.
- With COVID-19, alcohol-based sanitizers are in high demand. In Kalundborg, Denmark, a large scale production of ethanol to be used for sanitization has been established. To set up and run the production, experts and equipment are needed. Novozymes has a large enzyme production in Kalundborg and has seconded one of our skilled operators to help run the production of alcohol. To further support the production, we have also lent tank containers for storage and transportation of product.
- We have donated lab coats to the municipalities of Lyngby-Taarbæk, north of Copenhagen, and Slagelse on western Zealand. Lab coats are used by social and health care assistants and staff at nursing homes.
- Our scientists are engaged in a project at Hvidovre Hospital to develop a washing process for the plastic test plates used for COVID-19 testing. As more people need to be tested for the virus, a shortage of plastic plates may occur. We are in this project together with Novo Nordisk, LEGO Group, Miele and Region Hovedstaden to secure that plates can be safely reused, and more people can be tested more quickly.
- In Berlin, we have donated lab coats to nursing home where staff was in urgent need.
- In Brazil, we will look to support the Municipality of Araucária, in which our regional head office is located, and their frontline workers with key needs: Hand sanitizers, cleaning products, and personal hygiene products such as laundry detergents.
- We are supporting the Municipality of Araucária, in which our regional head office is located, and their frontline workers with key needs such as hand sanitizers and personal hygiene products.
- In Argentina, we are exploring a donation to a local hospital of specific products such as hand sanitizers and cleaning products.
- In Argentina, we are supporting two hospitals with the donation of specific products such as masks and alcohol gel.
- We have developed teaching materials school children for home teaching.
- In North Carolina and Wisconsin, we have donated Personal Protection Equipment (gloves, N-95 masks, lab coats, etc.) to a local hospital and a care facility.
- Also in North Carolina, donations were made to the Franklin County and the Greater Triangle United Way Agencies to purchase food for meal deliveries for homebound seniors and to restock the local food bank for families with children in need.
- Novozymes has strong ties to North Carolina State University. When it became apparent that many of their students were homeless due to dorm closure, Novozymes contributed $5,000 to a Student Emergency Fund, which is providing small grants to these students for shelter and food.
- We have diverted funds normally used for fruit delivery and catered lunch in North Carolina, California and Virginia towards local food banks
- In Ottawa, Canada, we have donated from our yeast production glycerin, a key ingredient for making hand sanitizer, to local distilleries that have adjusted their setup.
- Saskatoon site donated the weekly snack budget for the site to the local food bank.
A part of the Novo Nordisk Foundation and its contributions against COVID-19
Novozymes’ main shareholder is Novo Holdings A/S which is wholly owned by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, an independent foundation whose objective is to provide a stable base for the companies within the Novo Group and to support scientific and humanitarian purposes.
The Novo Nordisk Foundation has donated DKK 250 million for the establishment of a new COVID-19 test center in Denmark, and it donated DKK 17 million to set up emergency production of alcohol to be used for sanitation. DKK 77 million has also been awarded to a number of projects that can help prevent and limit consequences from COVID-19 in Denmark. Get the full overview here.