Principle 1

Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights

Novozymes' management systems, commitments, and positions

Novozymes' approach in 2009

Reference to GRI G3 performance indicators

The Novozymes Touch

  • Vision, values, and fundamental principles
  • Support for the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Support for the United Nations Global Compact

People policy
Social responsibility policy

Position on diversity and equal opportunities
Position on human rights

Scope and approach
Novozymes supports the international human rights principles and labor standards. Relevant principles are integrated systematically into management practices to ensure compliance with standards. Novozymes' seven minimum standards of human and labor rights are based on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the principles of the UN Global Compact.

Novozymes’ minimum standards cover:

  • Freedom of association
  • Nondiscrimination
  • Working hours
  • Wages and benefits
  • Disciplinary measures
  • Child labor
  • Forced labor

As well as ensuring compliance with global minimum standards, Novozymes’ sites develop local social responsibility strategies. Evaluation of compliance with local minimum standards is reported annually to the Sustainability Development Board, which is made up of line of business representatives. For more information, please refer to Novozymes’ overall approach to sustainability.

Novozymes actively supports employees’ safety and promotes healthy lifestyles. In 2009, Novozymes has initiated a health campaign for its Chinese employees. With strong support from local labor unions, the company is offering its employees a series of offers to improve their physical and mental health. Novozymes China is currently consolidating health reports in order to provide inputs for the 2010 health promotion campaign. Learn more about Novozymes’ approach to employee health and safety at

Please refer to Principles 2 to 6 for an outline of Novozymes’ responsibilities and activities with regard to human rights and labor rights.


See also:

Learn more about how Novozymes manages human rights in practice at

For related information please refer to Financial and sustainability discussion and Environmental, social, and knowledge data.

See the list of institutions that are Novozymes' key stakeholders regarding Global Compact.

HR 1
HR 2
HR 3
HR 4
HR 5
HR 6
HR 7
HR 9

EC 5

LA 6
LA 7
LA 8
LA 13

SO 5

PR 1




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