Novo Nordisk’s sustainability journey: 1992 to 2012

In a new publication launched to mark the 20 year anniversary of the Rio Declaration, Novo Nordisk looks back on two decades of challenges and successes as a sustainable business.

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People make the difference

In 20 years in the business of sustainability, we document and make available the story of how we as a company have worked with sustainability over the past two decades. Our history of social, environmental and financial responsibility is rooted in our Triple Bottom Line approach and values-based management.

“Over the years I have seen how individuals across the organisation take action way beyond what is expected. They act on their beliefs when they see unmet patient and societal needs where Novo Nordisk has something to offer, even if it is not a stated business priority. In doing so, they drive innovation and bring great benefits to the organisation, says Lars Rebien Sørensen, CEO at Novo Nordisk. “To me, this is what makes a sustainable business.”

The publication explores the challenges and opportunities that led us to new ways of ensuring sustainability, including creating new structures for stakeholder engagement, proactive bioethics positions and integrated reporting.

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About Sustainability at Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk strives to conduct its activities in a financially, environmentally and socially responsible way. The strategic commitment to corporate sustainability has brought the company onto centre stage as a leading player in today’s business environment, recognised for its integrated reporting, stakeholder engagement and consistently high sustainability performance. In 2012, Novo Nordisk received the top ranking on Corporate Knight’s list of Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations. Novo Nordisk is listed in the 2010/2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices with a gold class rating. For more information, visit