Recognising and understanding the ethical implications of our business is an ongoing process. Bioethical considerations are a natural part of our decision-making processes and we have learnt from engagements with stakeholders.
This approach has enabled us to raise ethical standards, frame the Novo Nordisk Bioethics Policy and positions, and to develop new guidelines and working procedures.
At Novo Nordisk, we discover, develop and produce biological medicines with respect for people, animals and the environment.
Our bioethics policy sets our general operational guidelines and is consistent with our objective: to strive to be economically viable, socially responsible, and environmentally sound (The Triple Bottom Line) by considering each of these elements when making business decisions.
“We strive to be economically viable, socially responsible, and environmentally sound by considering each of these elements when making business decisions.”
The Triple Bottom Line at Novo Nordisk
Ethical issues are universal and have no borders. Therefore, we have global standards and global requirements for our business partners and suppliers. We also require external contractors performing research on behalf of Novo Nordisk to comply with the same standards that apply across our own organisation when performing research.
One of the ways Novo Nordisk is committed to sustainability in practice is to have a dedicated and systematic approach to drive and proactively address emerging bioethical dilemmas related to research and development. Internal, a network of researchers and managers prepares and suggests new initiatives, develops and implements new positions and guidelines, and supervises the company's handling of evolving bioethical issues worldwide.
An example is the Novo Nordisk's state-of-the-art housing conditions for laboratory animals shared amongst others at the webpages of The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research, NC3R, and RSPCA “implementing the 3Rs”.
The e-learning tools target employees and managers in companies, as well as students and organisations worldwide. The tools are generic and applicable within business training, academic teaching, and inter-governmental organisations.
“When faced with an ethical dilemma there is no clear right
or wrong and what you decide to do is influenced by
many factors including your ethical standpoint.
It is our hope that the Ethics Dilemma tool will enhance mutual
appreciation and fruitful dialogue by enhancing
understanding of the different ethical standpoints that people can have.”
Professor of Bioethics