Principle 4

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

Novozymes' management systems, commitments, and positions

Novozymes' approach in 2010

Reference to GRI G3 performance indicators 

Touch the World

  • Vision, values and company idea
  • Support for the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 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 approach and to Principle 2 for activities regarding Novozymes’ support of human 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 .

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Human rights in practice

Responsibilities and activities
Regional presidents at Novozymes have the overall responsibility for human rights and labor rights aspects in their particular regions, whereas a leader responsible for a particular site has the operational responsibility. Representatives from line of business in the Sustainability Development Board are responsible for the activities in their own respective parts of line of business.

Self-assessments and auditing
Novozymes’ business units and sites conduct annual self-assessments, which are carried out on the basis of our global minimum standards. These self-assessments help to identify better practices and to share experiences between business units and sites, thereby improving performance locally. Audits of business units' compliance with internationally recognized human rights and labor standards are an integrated part of the internal auditing program.

Audit findings are reported to Executive Management, and follow-up on corrective actions is integrated into our audit procedures, which are verified by third-party auditors. No issues of forced or compulsory labor at Novozymes have been identified in the self-assessment process or in the social audits.

Labor rights and noncompliant suppliers
In 2010, 90% of total purchase spend was covered by the approach, and significant suppliers have been screened on human rights issues, including freedom of association, nondiscrimination, working hours, wages and benefits, disciplinary measures, child labor, and forced labor. The target was to develop action plans for noncompliant suppliers in order to improve performance. This has led to 168 action plans with the majority resulting in dialogue with suppliers to resolve commercial, quality, and sustainability issues. 

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Responsible purchasing

As part of an internal initiative to further increase awareness of responsible purchasing and the need for the organization to use approved suppliers, employees from various parts of the business attended a post-workday event. The event was held by the Sourcing department and featured Mads Øvlisen, a UN Global Compact board member. Further sustainability assessment training of purchasers and auditors is planned in 2011.

Please refer to Principle 2 for scope and general approach regarding Novozymes’ supplier performance management system.

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