Principle 7

Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges

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 Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Support for the United Nations Global Compact

Environment and bioethics policy

Position on antibiotic resistance genes in GMMs
Position on biofuels
Position on detergent enzymes
Position on enzymes produced by GMMs
Position on gene technology with food/feed production
Position on global warming Position on labelling of enzymes 

Scope and approach
At Novozymes, a precautionary approach to environmental challenges is particularly relevant in the use of modern biotechnology. Novozymes uses genetic engineering, and production is to a large extent based on genetically modified microorganisms (GMMs). The precautionary approach therefore forms part of the management system. Research, development, and production follow fixed safety procedures.

Life cycle assessment
Over the last five years, the majority of Novozymes’ product groups have undergone a thorough evaluation of their environmental impacts, an evaluation process called a life cycle assessment (LCA). LCA is a scientifically based study of a product's positive and negative environmental impacts throughout its life cycle: from extraction and production of resources and raw materials through production to use and final disposal of the product. Please refer to Novozymes’ LCA studies.

Please refer to Principles 8 and 9 for an outline of Novozymes’ responsibilities and activities with regard to environmental challenges.


See also:

Environmental risk factors are a part of Novozymes' internal controls and risk management systems. Please refer to Risk factors for more information.

See more about Novozymes' approach to Minimizing environmental impact, and the Proven environmental benefits of using enzymes in various production processes at

Learn more about Our science 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.

EC 2

EN 18
EN 26
EN 32

SO 5



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