Principle 5

Businesses should uphold the effective abolition of child labor

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
Purchasing policy

Social responsibility policy

Position on human rights
Position on responsible purchasing

Please refer to Principle 1 for scope and general approach regarding Novozymes’ support of human rights and labor rights.

Novozymes’ minimum standards of social responsibility cover freedom of association, nondiscrimination, working hours, wages and benefits, disciplinary measures, child labor, and forced labor.

Responsibilities and activities
Regional presidents within Novozymes have overall responsibility for human rights and labor rights aspects in their particular regions, whereas the person responsible for a particular site has operational responsibility. This is reviewed by the Sustainability Development Board, which is made up of line of business representatives. Please refer to Novozymes’ overall approach to sustainability.

Novozymes’ business units conduct annual self-assessments, which are carried out on the basis of our global minimum standards. The minimum standards make it possible to identify better practices and share experiences between business units, thereby improving performance locally. The anchoring of the minimum standards in line of business through self-assessments is reported to the Sustainability Development Board, which reviews and decides on further action in coordination with the Sustainability Development Department on an annual basis.

Audits of business units' compliance with internationally recognized human rights and labor standards are an integrated part of the internal auditing program. Each year, Novozymes’ internal audit panel selects business units to be audited with regard to their compliance with human rights and labor standards. Audit findings are reported internally to Executive Management, and follow-up on corrective actions is integrated into our audit procedures/system, which are verified by third-party auditors. Novozymes does not report audit findings externally.

Local social responsibility strategies 
Beyond ensuring compliance with global minimum standards, Novozymes’ sites develop local social responsibility strategies. In 2010, Novozymes will launch a comprehensive global initiative targeting social performance. The initiative will further integrate social responsibility into day-to-day activities by rethinking approaches at sites, in regions, and in business units, as well as toward individual employees.

Human rights and supplier performance 
To further expand the scope of sustainability and human rights in our supply chain, Novozymes has implemented a comprehensive supplier performance management system in 2009. The system covers all aspects of our supplier performance management from initial approval of new suppliers to ongoing performance evaluation. The approach is based on an integrated set of evaluation criteria, including environmental, employee health and safety, human rights, and business ethics aspects. The system allows us to provide performance profiles on all significant suppliers to Novozymes, and to focus on the suppliers who pose the biggest risk. In 2009, 88% of total purchase spend was covered by the system. In 2010, action plans for noncompliant suppliers will be developed in order to improve performance.  


See also:

For related information on Novozymes’ approach to human and labor rights, please refer to Financial and sustainability discussion and Environmental, social, and knowledge data.

Learn more about Novozymes’ approach to Responsible purchasing at

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

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