Environmental Policy

For Novo Nordisk it is important that environmental considerations are integrated in everything we do. This is why we measure and report on our environmental performance as well as on our financial and social performance – we call this our “The Triple Bottom Line”.

We consider use of resources – including raw materials, water, energy and carbon emissions to be our most material impacts on the environments. Across the entire value chain and in most parts of the organisation we work to minimise the environmental impacts of our activities - and to decouple environmental impacts from business growth.

Our environmental policy

In Novo Nordisk we will reduce our use of resources and the environmental impact from our activities.

This means that we will:

  • continuously improve our performance
  • integrate environmental assessments in all decision-making across the value chain
  • promote more sustainable processes and products
  • engage in stakeholder dialogue and partnerships
  • comply with the UN Global Compact
  • fulfil applicable legal requirements


How we take action

At Novo Nordisk we aim to continuously reduce our environmental footprint including CO2 emissions related to our value chain. This work is formally organised in our environmental management system and includes several units within Novo Nordisk.

Executive Management is responsible for the overall environmental policy and for setting strategic direction for environmental areas. The Corporate Environmental Strategy unit is responsible for the environmental policy and strategy. In addition, there is a dedicated department, which is responsible for management of environmental issues related to global production.

All our production facilities and pilot plants are certified according to ISO 14001, environmental management. The ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management system ensures continuous improvements through a systematic approach. The production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) in Kalundborg, Denmark, is also certified according to ISO 50001, energy management.

We have on-site Environmental, Health & Safety coordinators at all production facilities and affiliates. The coordinators monitor environmental progress and environmental compliance at our sites worldwide.

How we report

By setting ambitious targets and integrating environmental considerations into daily business activities, we continuously improve our environmental performance.

We report on our environmental performance in the Novo Nordisk integrated Annual Report. You can find the 2018 version here