Human rights

At Novo Nordisk we are committed to respecting and supporting globally recognised human rights throughout our operations and business relationships.

Our position

Governments carry the primary responsibility for protecting human rights, but companies have an independent responsibility to respect human rights.

Our human rights management approach builds on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and our objectives are to:

  • Identify, prevent and mitigate human rights risks throughout our operations and business relationships
  • Remediate any adverse human rights impacts that our business causes or contributes to
  • Account for how we address our impacts on human rights
  • Promote the respect and protection of human rights with those we do business with
  • Positively influence business respect for human rights through our example and presence
  • Contribute to promoting the implementation and dissemination of international standards on human rights for business

Our actions

Novo Nordisk’s business has long been informed and guided by international human rights. Our support for the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been an important part of our commitment to social responsibility since 1998 and ‘treating everyone with respect’ is one of the Essentials in the Novo Nordisk Way. As such, we expect every employee to respect human rights.

In 2002, we joined the United Nations Global Compact pledging to align our operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

Novo Nordisk is also a member of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights – a business-led initiative that focuses on advancing human rights in a business context around the world.

Read more about our actions below:

Access to health

Responsible sourcing

Equal opportunities and diversity

Clinical trials ethics 



Susanne Stormer
Vice President,
Corporate Sustainability
+45 4442 4479