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February 2017

Employees take action on climate change

It may not make a huge difference in the big carbon emissions picture, but small steps also count.

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Citizenship
February 2017

Listening to suppliers to find carbon reductions

Novo Nordisk is collaborating with its suppliers to inspire them to realise their carbon emission reduction potential.

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Governance
January 2017

Going 100% renewable

Novo Nordisk has set itself the target of powering its global production with 100% renewable energy by 2020.

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Innovation
January 2017

The hidden talents

What does it mean to have autism? And what kinds of challenges and opportunities does it present to a workplace?

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Workplace
December 2016

World Diabetes Day in a War Zone

What do you do on World Diabetes Day (WDD) when you have an inhuman situation in a war zone? Our colleagues in Libya give you insights from the field.

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Citizenship
December 2016

How big of a difference did employee volunteering make?

2016 was a high impact year for Novo Nordisk's TakeAction programme

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Citizenship
November 2016

A weighty issue

The view on obesity is slowly changing, but there are still many myths about the disease that all contribute to creating barriers for proper treatment.

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Citizenship
September 2016

50 years of innovation drives growth

Anne-Marie Kappelgaard reflects on the development of growth hormone treatments in Novo Nordisk: from meagre beginnings to world leader.

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Innovation
July 2016

The digital health connection in Africa

A commitment to children with type 1 diabetes and the growing uptake and use of mobile technology in Africa were the catalysts for action on the ground – and in cyberspace.

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Citizenship
July 2016

What makes a healthy partnership

Helen McGuire from PATH and Aura Adriana Vilhelmsen from Novo Nordisk work together to advocate for better access to diabetes medicines and technologies in Africa.

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Citizenship
July 2016

#WeAreNotWaiting

Most companies involve consumers as early as possible in the development of a new product or service. In the pharmaceutical industry, working with the end customer is easier said than done.

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Citizenship
July 2016

“Then I started to roar”

VICTORY: The excitement wouldn’t stop when Vinay and his bowling team took home the trophy at a bowling tournament in Bangalore.

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Workplace
June 2016

Africa: home of tomorrow

From Tangiers in the North to Cape Town in the South. The African continent is huge and diverse – and so is Novo Nordisk’s approach to the rapidly growing region.

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Citizenship
June 2016

Testing the next medical breakthrough

A lot has happened since the world’s first clinical trial in 1747. Novo Nordisk is at the forefront of improving trials for the future.

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Innovation
June 2016

Meet the future stars of Team Novo Nordisk

What happens if you take 18 talented boys with type 1 diabetes and put them together in one house?

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Citizenship
June 2016

Third generation at Novo Nordisk

Mette Ljungvall Tronier's grandparents were once employed at Novo Nordisk. Her parents also worked in Bagsværd, and now it is Mette's turn.

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Workplace
June 2016

With a little help from our peers

Can your peers help prevent type 2 diabetes? Henriette Curtz Jansen from Copenhagen municipality thinks so and shares how peer networks have been successful in Denmark.

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Citizenship
May 2016

A 'Close'-up look at diabetes in cities

With many years of professional experience in the diabetes field, patient advocate Kelly Close and her colleague Emily Regier offer their perspective on Cities Changing Diabetes.

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Innovation
May 2016

A golden opportunity to change diabetes in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is feeling the burden of type 2 diabetes, but according to Dr Basu the answer is multi-sectorial collaboration.

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Citizenship
May 2016

I work for the company that keeps me alive

“Some people think diabetes is only about injecting insulin before dinner,” says Louise F H Meinhardt. “It’s actually about all aspects of your life – 24 hours a day.”

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Workplace
April 2016

Putting the cook back in the urban kitchen

What’s cooking in the urban kitchen? Unfortunately in many city kitchens, the answer is either not much or something premade, easy and not always the healthiest.

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Citizenship
April 2016

Healthy cities need a low carbon diet

Why might cities be the best place for social change to happen? Who better to answer this than Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40).

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Citizenship
April 2016

When the city becomes the lab

Unlike scientists in a lab studying molecules, Dr Napier's research focuses on the complexity of human behaviour and what better place to study this than in cities?

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Innovation
April 2016

Bringing the doctor to the doorstep in Mexico City

In Mexico City, new knowledge about the factors for developing type 2 diabetes has become a fundamental piece of one of the city’s public health initiatives.

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Innovation
March 2016

The hunt for talent

Read four tips from our Head of External Talent Search, Isabella Rinder, on how to become noticed online

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Workplace
March 2016

49 years in Syria: A lady with staying power

Hiam Tamimi was 71 years old before she started to think about retiring as scientific manager of Novo Nordisk’s office in Damascus. Then civil war broke out in Syria.

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Workplace
February 2016

Diabetes in children: A family matter

When a child is diagnosed with diabetes, the whole family is affected as they must all adjust to a new way of living. Family members can play a big role in helping their children manage their treatment with confidence.

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Citizenship
February 2016

Novo Nordisk props patients’ involvement in medicines R&D process

The European Patients’ Academy launches its new online Toolbox on Medicines Research & Development.

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Product-services
December 2015

Funding a future for the children of Vietnam

An employee-driven project has established a fund to help Vietnamese children suffering from a chronic disease.

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Citizenship
December 2015

A new approach to obesity treatment

With the help of patient input, Novo Nordisk is seeking ways to change the obesity conversation – one myth and one medicine at a time.

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Innovation
November 2015

Myths, worries, and the hope for a cure

Every morning when he wakes up, 20-year-old Tanner Barton of Muncie, Indiana sends his mother a text message to let her know he’s still alive

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Citizenship
October 2015

Life-saving home visits

Patients and plastic food are important ingredients in a patient support programme launched by Novo Nordisk’s fast growing affiliate in Colombia.

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Citizenship
September 2015

Partnering up to change diabetes in cities

With the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals, sustainable development has become a universal concern that must be addressed in both low- and high income countries.

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Citizenship
September 2015

Racing ahead with his life

Being treated for ‘Small for Gestational Age’ helped give Will the confidence to imagine his current life as a Kart racer.

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Citizenship
August 2015

Smarter recruitment saves time, money and trees

Smarter recruitment of new employees is helping us to cut costs – and reduce our carbon footprint.

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Workplace
August 2015

”Much more than the dollars”

Diana Blankman and her colleagues work with strategic social investments and partnerships. But how is this related to Novo Nordisk’s business and how do they select which projects to support?

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Citizenship
July 2015

Diabetes screening in Kenya – ‘It takes only 5 seconds’

Our Base of the Pyramid project just launched a new campaign to encourage people to get their blood sugar levels checked.

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Citizenship
July 2015

Between health and faith - Managing diabetes during Ramadan

For Muslim people living with diabetes, the fasting month of Ramadan can be challenging. A campaign in Algeria is helping balance their health and their religion during Ramadan.

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Citizenship
June 2015

Closing the gap between production and patient

Working at a production facility, the end user of the product sometimes seems far away. Our employees in Clayton are working together to change this

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Citizenship
June 2015

HR is my passion

For 25 years, Ove has helped graduates, employees and managers in Novo Nordisk to improve their career potential.

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Workplace
June 2015

Involved learning

Christine joined the American division of Novo Nordisk in 2009 and has experienced first-hand the difference mentors can make

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Workplace
June 2015

Carl’s wish comes true

A meeting between a mother of a boy with haemophilia and one of our employees led to a little boy’s dream becoming a reality: to ride in a tank.

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Citizenship
May 2015

Cities fight urban diabetes

Urbanisation is fuelling the type 2 diabetes pandemic. Cities Changing Diabetes is our new partnership programme to tackle the issue.

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Citizenship
May 2015

Sisterly help

Ida’s sister was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of three. During their childhood Ida associated Novo Nordisk with the medication that helped save her sister’s life every day.

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Workplace
May 2015

Healthy living

A life-changing career also means taking good care of yourself. At Novo Nordisk every employee, no matter where they are in the world, has access to the following in order to help them to lead a healthier life.

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Workplace
May 2015

Renewal of partnership with Team Novo Nordisk

We are renewing the partnership with Team Novo Nordisk, the World’s First All-Diabetes Professional Cycling Team

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Leadership
April 2015

Deep-dive diabetes focus

64 newly hired medical colleagues are taking a deep-dive into diabetes, patient safety and business ethics.

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Workplace
April 2015

The challenge of changing diabetes

387 million people in the world have diabetes today – a number predicted to grow to around 592 million by 2035. No wonder it has been called an emergency in slow motion.

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Citizenship
April 2015

Extension of programme for children with diabetes in developing countries

On April 14 2015, we have announced a three-year extension of our Changing Diabetes® in Children programme

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Citizenship
March 2015

Our graduate programme - from application to Executive Management

Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen, Executive vice president and chief of staff (COS) of Novo Nordisk

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Workplace
March 2015

Powered by sustainable thinking

In Denmark, we are more than 17,000 people working to change diabetes and possibilities in haemophilia.

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Workplace
March 2015

Type 1 diabetes - In search of a cure

Nothing would change the life of a child with type 1 diabetes more than a cure for this lifelong serious condition, but is a cure just a dream – or a potential reality?

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Innovation
March 2015

From Bagsværd to Beira: Blue bikes hit the roads of Mozambique

Novo Nordisk bikes are supporting the work of SOS Children's Village in Mozambique

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Citizenship
January 2015

From printed values to practical action

How do you make sure that a set of values or business principles are more than pretty words in a nice-looking pamphlet?

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Workplace
December 2014

Leadership forums: what are the outcomes?

How do you make sure that a set of values or business principles are more than pretty words in a nice-looking pamphlet?

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Leadership
December 2014

Bright students innovate

60 master’s students come up with innovative ideas at annual “Innovation in Action” competition.

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Innovation
November 2014

Novo Nordisk in Egypt: Past, present and future

Insulin production goes local to start human insulin production and to form even closer ties with Egypt

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Citizenship
November 2014

Louise sings to bring awareness of type 1 diabetes

Louise sings to bring awareness of type 1 diabetes and the need to really understand that this chronic disease is very different than type 2 diabetes.

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Citizenship
October 2014

Bosnia takes action

Employees have voluntarily taken action in the aftermath of the severe flooding across Eastern European countries this summer.

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Citizenship
October 2014

The world today is about making business personal

Cem Ozenc, general manager in Iran is using social media to engage with patients and stay attuned with political and social developments in the market.

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Workplace
October 2014

Politics must never interfere with the fight against diabetes

In our local office, they do not let religious or ethnic differences interfere with their work to help people with diabetes.

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Governance
October 2014

Wealthy and healthy? Partnering up to change the diabetes outlook in Qatar

In Qatar, a partnership programme has been set up to catalyse change on the diabetes outlook.

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Governance
October 2014

Novo Nordisk Netherlands acknowledged for good work climate

Novo Nordisk in the Netherlands was invited by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment to share their best practises.

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Workplace
September 2014

Changing diabetes where it matters most

It has been almost a decade since Novo Nordisk launched Changing Diabetes®. Much has been achieved in this time, but a lot still needs to be done.

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Citizenship
September 2014

Press backstage pass to Novo Nordisk

Building and maintaining good relations with our key stakeholders, is an important essential in the way we do business.

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Governance
September 2014

Growth awareness week

Children grow. But what if they don’t grow normally? This year, the United States Senate passed a resolution declaring the third week of September as Growth Awareness Week.

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Leadership
August 2014

A community approach to diabetes care – doorstep delivery

Rural India faces an acute shortage of healthcare professionals. In an innovative initiative called ‘Addressing the Base of the Pyramid (BoP)’...

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Citizenship
August 2014

Team Novo Nordisk overwhelmed by support on Tour of Denmark

When Site Kalundborg was announced as location on Tour of Denmark 2014, the team knew that competing on Danish soil would be extra special.

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Citizenship
July 2014

A ray of hope in India

In India, only 10% of people with haemophilia are diagnosed. Those with a diagnosis are not receiving adequate care. When not treated properly, this bleeding disorder can lead to...

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Citizenship
July 2014

No mountain high enough on Iceland diabetes trek

A group of Dutch people with diabetes and medics escaped the summer heat this July to spend a week trekking across Iceland.

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Citizenship
July 2014

A birthday Ranjith will never forget

Many life-changing events in Ranjith’s life can be associated with his birthday, 15 April. From despair to hope, Ranjith has experienced more in his first 12 years than...

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Citizenship
July 2014

An eye for detail

Everybody wins in a project through which people with autism spectrum disorders are employed at Novo Nordisk.

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Workplace
July 2014

Through the eyes of a person with diabetes

People with diabetes in India face a number of challenges in understanding their diabetes and manage their-self-care. A little education...

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Citizenship
July 2014

Haemophilia summit paves way for public-private partnership

Turkey has all the ingredients to become a regional hub for the treatment of haemophilia – but only if public policymakers...

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Leadership
June 2014

Accounting for environmental costs - why it makes good business sense

Companies depend on natural resources, but the full environmental costs of doing business to society are currently not accounted for in financial disclosures...

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Citizenship
May 2014

A personal quest to change diabetes care in Africa

Over the past decade, Dr. Mapoko Mbengele Ilondo has been central to changing diabetes care in Africa. During 24 years of employment...

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Workplace
May 2014

Workplace workouts – get started today!

To help combat the stresses and strains of modern working life, Novo Nordisk is introducing workplace workouts for you and your colleagues.

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Workplace
May 2014

Novo Nordisk supports victims of Balkan floods

With the Balkan region facing the worst floods in 120 years, Novo Nordisk has made donations to relief organisations to help the many people affected by the situation...

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Citizenship
April 2014

A new DAWN in patient-centred diabetes care

What is patient-centred care? To answer the question, more than 250 delegates from 33 countries gathered in Amsterdam...

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Leadership
April 2014

Clinics bring life-changing care to Ghana's capital

Something much-needed has arrived in Ghana's capital city, Accra: a pair of one-stop diabetes clinics...

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Citizenship
April 2014

In Turkey ethical conduct recognised for second straight year

On 17 April, Novo Nordisk Turkey received the Turkish Ethics Award, ETİKA 2013, for high ethical business conduct. The award marks...

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Citizenship
March 2014

Closing the gender gap - there is more to diversity than statistics

For companies, diversity is becoming a precondition for effective globalisation, but challenges still exist for women to advance in the workplace.

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Citizenship
March 2014

Making sustainability metrics meaningful

For a decade, Novo Nordisk has been accounting for its social, environmental and financial performance in one integrated report reflecting the company’s Triple Bottom Line approach...

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Workplace
March 2014

Shared Value - increasing the size of the pie

Text - Shared Value is a relatively new concept with both supporters and critics. Weighing in on Shared Value, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and...

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Citizenship
March 2014

The one rule we have to break

382 million people in the world have diabetes today. Yet half of these people have not been diagnosed.

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Leadership
February 2014

Latin America must unite to defuse diabetes "time-bomb"

The sheer scale of the diabetes pandemic engulfing Latin America as brought into sharp focus during the regions first-ever high-level leadership forum.

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Citizenship
November 2013

In Syria, nothing is impossible in the battle against diabetes

It is evident that an armed conflict poses serious dangers to people living in Syria. What is perhaps less obvious...

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Citizenship
November 2013

Access to care in Africa - It's all in the delivery

In the African region, many people with diabetes have limited access to care due to long distances...

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Citizenship
November 2013

The long journey to improve diabetes care in Rosebud

Native Americans are some of the hardest hit by diabetes. See how the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is fighting back.

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Citizenship
November 2013

Diabetes wake-up call

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness, limb amputation, heart disease and stroke. Globally, it is the ultimate cause of death for some 5.1 million people this year...

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Leadership
October 2013

Simple injections

The pursuit of simplicity for patients is the driver of Novo Nordisk’s development of injection devices.

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Product-services
October 2013

Insulin in a tablet - why is it so difficult?

Many companies have tried, and failed, to develop insulin in tablet form. So what makes Novo Nordisk think it can do any better?

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Innovation
August 2013

Reducing pharma’s footprint

A group of top professors called climate change one of the biggest threats to health in a 2009 paper published in The Lancet. They argue...

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Leadership
August 2013

Beyond the factory gates

Production sites are most often thought of in terms of inputs and outputs. Raw materials go in and finished products come out. But...

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Leadership
August 2013

Reviving the Brazilian Cerrado

North of Rio de Janeiro lies the city of Montes Claros, home to the biggest insulin production site in Latin America...

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Leadership
August 2013

The people driving sustainability

In 2006, Novo Nordisk joined the World Wide Fund for Nature’s Climate Savers Programme. A commitment was made to cut CO2 emissions...

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Leadership
August 2013

Constantly improving performance

As head of Novo Nordisk’s Product Supply, I share the responsibility together with close to 10,000 colleagues of delivering high quality products in due time...

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Leadership
August 2013

Four ways to make your production greener

So what happens after environmental targets are set? How are CO2 reduction percentages translated into concrete actions?

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Innovation
July 2013

Many markets – one model

Novo Nordisk sells its products in more than 180 countries. Among them are the richest and poorest countries in the world...

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Leadership
May 2013

The challenges of diabetes care in Indonesia

Living standards are rising in Indonesia and its economy is poised for sustainable, long-term growth.

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Citizenship
May 2013

Safeguarding the next generation's health

Imagine preventing diabetes in the next generation. It might look something like this.

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Citizenship
May 2013

paying it forward to improve access in Vietnam

In partnership with the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, we launched the Vietnam Diabetes Care Program to...

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Citizenship