Our position and actions

Our ambition is to have zero environmental impact by embedding circular economy in our business – we call this Circular for Zero.  We work across the full value chain from supplier to patients. This means that we will:

  • continuously improve our performance towards zero impact
  • integrate environmental assessments and a circular mindset in all decision-making across the value chain
  • promote more sustainable processes and products
  • engage with our suppliers, in stakeholder dialogue and partnerships
  • comply with legal requirements and report our progress to stakeholders in a timely and transparent way.

We aim to have zero environmental impact across our value chain. This work is organised across the company and in our environmental management system.

Our Executive Management is responsible for the overall environmental policy and for setting strategic direction for environmental areas. Our Corporate Environmental Strategy team is responsible for the environmental policy and strategy. In addition, there is a dedicated department, NN Environment, which is responsible for the environmental management system and ensuring environmental compliance in Novo Nordisk.

All our production facilities 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 coordinators at all production facilities. The coordinators monitor environmental progress and environmental compliance at our sites worldwide.

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 our integrated Annual Report