2.4)  By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.

Novozymes’ solutions, such as its BioAg work, help to build resilient agricultural value chains by increasing crop yields and reducing raw material inputs. Similarly, Novozymes’ Animal Health and Nutrition solutions improve animal digestion resulting in higher farm efficiency and productivity by extending the range of raw materials used in feed. By adding enzymes to feed, the animal grows faster and enjoys better health. Production becomes more uniform, and a higher feed conversion ratio and larger yield are achieved. Novozymes also works with a variety of partners, such as the BioAg Alliance, which was initiated to increase the market penetration of Novozymes solutions to support sustainable agricultural development, and the WBCSD Climate Smart Agriculture LcTPi, which aims to scale up the development and diffusion of low-carbon technologies and business solutions.


4.7)   By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development

Novozymes works with various educational institutions around the world through its “Citizymes” program to provide biotechnology education to learners of all ages in efforts to promote sustainable development and environmental responsibility. Its Citizymes project has reached 123,000 learners since its start in 2011. Novozymes has strengthened its commitment to education with a new target to educate one million people about the potential of biology from 2015 to 2020.  In Brazil, partnering with the Municipal Department of Education in Araucaria, “Biotechnology goes to school” has to date reached over 3500 students and teachers. It is now bringing the SDGs to the attention of young people and is partnering with SESI (Federation of Industries of the State of Paraná (FIEP)).  By the end of 2016 "EDUCATE" Brazil will develop three interactive digital books in areas related to Biology, Biotechnology and Sustainability that will be made available in Portuguese, Spanish or English and free of charge at app stores, through partnership with StoryMax.  In India, Novozymes organized “Voice for Biotech,” a public-speaking competition that gives university students the opportunity to present on biotechnology’s role in food security, biofuels, healthcare, and other areas. The first competition in 2013 had 2500 participants from 68 universities across the country. Winners were awarded cash prizes and internships at Novozymes’ R&D facility in Bangalore. 


5.5)   Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic, and public life

Novozymes has a long-term target to have 30% females in Senior Management positions by 2020.

To emphasize the importance of meeting its diversity target, a process has been established to ensure that diversity remains core to Novozymes recruitment. The company also has the objective of further promoting diversity among leaders and in 2016 continued to increase this focus via its global talent pool for management and succession planning processes.

In Denmark, Novozymes is a member of the Gender Diversity Roundtable, an initiative that brings together the top leaders from 15 Danish Businesses to bring more women into leadership roles.


6.3) By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally

Many of Novozymes enzymatic solutions help customers and consumers save water during application compared with conventional methods.

For example, enzymes can be used in the textile industry to combine processes and save significant amounts of water. Other Novozymes solutions help customers in the pulp & paper industry to address lignin toxicity in effluents generated during the production process. We also offer solutions for wastewater treatment and sludge reduction for municipal and industrial applications.

In China, Novozymes is working to help to solve water challenges in the south-eastern industrialized area as well as in the less developed north-west. Our microbial wastewater treatment solutions have been applied in factories in Ningxia, Shanxi, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia, ensuring the compliance discharge of wastewater and improved water availability. As part of the goals in China’s Water 10 Plan, we are currently working together with partners to expand applications of bio-solutions into recovery and conservation of black-odour water bodies.


7.1)   By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services

Novozymes is working with partners towards the shared goal of ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services.  It has supported the UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative's Sustainable Bioenergy High-Impact Opportunity (HIO) since 2013.  The HIO is a voluntary partnership of likeminded stakeholders, which seeks to facilitate the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy solutions in line with the SDGs.   Its initiatives focus on-farm bioenergy production; waste to energy; cellulosic ethanol for clean cooking and transportation, and sustainable aviation biofuels.  Formally launched in May 2015, the HIO has become a global partnership platform for developing a community of good practice, enhancing knowledge, and scaling up implementation. It has linked the private sector with national governments and civil society, to foster sustainable rural economic development and reduce the use of fossil fuels.  Just one year later the Sustainable Bioenergy HIO is now accelerating the deployment of sustainable biopower and biofuels projects in 18 countries. To help de-carbonize the transportation sector, it is also working with the WBCSD to develop below50, a global campaign to increase the number of companies using sustainable fuels with emissions reductions greater than 50%.   

In addition, Novozymes supports the European Union Biobased Industries Joint Undertaking, a partnership Novozymes had a leading role in creating, which launched in 2014. The Joint Undertaking is expected to inject €3.7 billion into the European economy from 2014-2024. Novozymes is also actively engaged in driving specific project based opportunities under this effort such as the Maarberg Energy Concept.

7.3)   By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency

With climate change as a top priority, Novozymes has made considerable investments in energy efficiency and has significantly increased the share of renewables in its energy mix. The company was able to reduce its CO2 emissions by 100,000 and save 84 million Danish Kroner per year by deploying 188 energy-saving projects across its global sites between 2009 and 2014. Also, 100% of the electricity at their Denmark sites is provided via wind farms. At three production sites, the company has been able to generate energy from biomass. Currently, 23% of Novozymes' energy comes from renewables and it has set a new target of 30% renewable energy supply by 2020.

7.a) By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology

In Italy, alongside its partner Beta Renewables, Novozymes helped establish the first biorefinery in the world to be designed and built to produce cellulosic bioethanol from agricultural residues and energy crops at commercial scale using enzymatic conversion. Situated in fields outside Crescentino and using waste residues from local agriculture, the biorefinery can produce up to 13MW of electricity and up to 50M litres of cellulosic bioethanol per year, with a GHG reduction potential of up to 90% compared with petroleum-based fuel. It is entirely self-sufficient in its energy consumption.

Novozymes is also heavily engaged with the Sustainable Energy for All initiative of the UN and World Bank.


8.4) Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavor to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, with developed countries taking the lead

Novozymes emphasizes sustainable production internally by setting targets for operational eco-efficiency. Since 2009, we have successfully decoupled absolute water and energy consumption from business growth. At several of our production sites, we have installed biogas reactors to utilize wastewater, creating carbon and energy savings.

At Novozymes and within our supply chain, human and labour rights are respected and promoted. We generate direct value for the economies in which we operate through the purchase of goods and services from suppliers, the payment of wages and pensions to our employees, various types of taxes and duties to the community, and dividends and financial costs to our capital providers.


9.5)   Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending

Innovation, particularly product innovation, is a key driving force for Novozymes business and continues to be one of the most material issues for us. More than 20% of our global workforce works in R&D, and each year we spend around 13% of revenue on R&D.

Our Portfolio board which manages R&D pipeline across divisions, evaluates all the projects in the pipeline on several criteria, including strategic impact, financial impact and contribution to delivering on the UN SDGs.

As part of our international outreach, together with the Henning Holck Larsen Foundation, Novozymes and has an agreement to advance the relationship between Denmark and India and to develop scientists both scientifically and personally by giving them international work experience.


11.6) By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management

Novozymes offers solutions for municipal solid waste management and wastewater treatment with wide-ranging applications for cities.

In the United Kingdom, Novozymes is partnering with DONG Energy to deliver enzymes for its REnescience plant at Northwich in the North West of England. Today, a large part of UK waste ends up in landfill sites, which is expensive and harmful to the environment.

The plant in will ensure that as much of the waste as possible from almost 110,000 UK homes is recycled and converted into biogas, which can be converted into green power and used to generate around 5 MW of electricity which is enough to power around 9,500 typical households. The remaining parts of the waste include plastic and metal, which can be recycled, and an additional part that is converted into fuel.


12.2)   By 2030, achieve sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources

Novozymes' biosolutions enable the biobased economy and help customers to produce more with less enabling sustainable consumption and production patterns as its products reduce energy, raw material and chemical consumption and CO2 emissions, compared with conventional technologies. Novozymes has conducted a large number of lifecycle assessment studies (LCA) to document the environmental benefits of biological technologies over conventional technologies. Published results can be found here. In 2014, Novozymes’ customers avoided 60 million tons of CO2e emissions by applying its products, equivalent to taking 25 million cars off the road. Novozymes’ 2020 target is to save 100 million tons of CO2e through customers’ application of its products. Novozymes has set ambitious targets for 2020 to continuously improve operational eco-efficiency, including reliance on 30% renewable energy supply, a 30% improvement in energy efficiency (2014 baseline), a 25% improvement in water efficiency (2014 baseline),a 25% reduction in CO2 intensity (2014 baseline) and a 99% adherence to its supplier programme including a policy to prevent deforestation.  Novozymes has been reporting to the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) since 2007 and in 2014, received the maximum possible CDP score of 100 A.

12.6)   Encourage companies, especially large and trans-national companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle

Novozymes is committed to transparent communication and documentation and has long been a leader in practicing integrated sustainability reporting, including through the integration of scientific documentation of product sustainability impacts through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).Public LCAs can be found here. Novozymes has worked through the Copenhagen Household Care Sustainability Summit, which gathers the industry’s top business and sustainability minds to share pragmatic ideas for achieving true, systematic sustainability. In 2013 stakeholders agreed that he way forward for the industry requires three main components: Collaboration, harmonization, simplification.


13.2) Integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation into national policies, strategies and planning

Climate change mitigation is well integrated into our business strategy. We have targets for CO2 savings, both from our own operations and from customers’ application of our products. In 2016, Novozymes’ customers avoided an estimated 69 million tons of CO2 emissions by applying Novozymes’ products, equivalent to taking approximately 30 million cars off the road. Since 2009, Novozymes has decoupled absolute CO2 emissions from business growth and has also committed to reducing dependence on conventional sources of energy by investing in renewable power.

Working with the UN Global Compact Business Leadership Criteria for Carbon Pricing, in 2015, Novozymes set an internal carbon price to drive decarbonization in its operations. In 2016, Novozymes adopted a shadow price on its direct and indirect carbon emissions, used when evaluating its global portfolio of operational eco-efficiency projects.

Among other actions, Novozymes is part of Below 50, which aims to increase the number of companies using transportation fuels that reduce carbon dioxide emissions by at least 50% relative to conventional fossil fuels whilst making both good business and environmental sense.


15.2) By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally

Our Supplier program on responsible sourcing seeks to ensure that our directly sourced agricultural raw materials do not come from locations that contribute to further deforestation.

15.6) Ensure fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources, and promote appropriate access to such resources

Novozymes supports the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CDB) in terms of the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.

Novozymes acknowledges and respects the principles of both the CBD and the Nagoya protocol and the company has internal procedures to ensure that it lives up to its commitments. Novozymes promote fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and promote appropriate access to such resources, as internationally agreed. We are regularly assessing outcomes of CBD meetings and with a view to undertake a broader strategic discussion on its management and reporting of biodiversity issues.


16.5) Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all its forms

Business integrity, anti-corruption, anti-trust and responsible policy engagements are critical issues for Novozymes from both a legal and business ethics perspective. As a responsible global company, we are committed to fair business practices and upholding the values of transparency and accountability.


17.16)   Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries

Novozymes is committed to partnering for sustainability impact through a diverse array of partnerships with multilateral institutions as laid out in its Partnering for Impact strategy. Novozymes is a member of the Core Group of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development for the Action2020 initiative, supports the work of two Low Carbon Technology Partnership initiatives (Climate Smart Agriculture and Advanced Biofuels) and the Sustainable Lifestyles working group and has been a leader of  Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), the World Bank-U.N. led initiative that seeks to transform the global energy sector by ensuring universal access to modern energy services, double the rate of improvement in energy efficiency and double the share of renewables in the global energy mix by 2030. Already in 2014 and further to SE4ALL objectives Novozymes and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) signed a three year memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the development of sustainable advanced bioenergy solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2015, Novozymes and its partners (FAO, RSB, IUCN and the United Nations Foundation) established the Sustainable Bioenergy High Impact Opportunity (HIO), a voluntary multi-stakeholder partnership that seeks to facilitate the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy solutions in key sectors and industries where the environmental and socioeconomic benefits are greatest. Novozymes is one of the pioneering companies to join the UN Global Compact LEAD forum and has been a signatory to the UN Global Compact since 2001 and has demonstrated its support for broader U.N. goals and issues by engaging with various U.N. initiatives (e.g. PRME), working groups such as Caring for Climate, and regional networks in the Nordic region, India, Brazil, China and North America. 

17.17)   Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Novozymes corporate strategy is called Partnering for Impact because we recognize the opportunity to drive transformational change and have a significant impact on society by partnering with customers, consumers, governments, suppliers and academia.

Novozymes is active within the UN Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) initiative and started the Sustainable Bioenergy Accelerator, with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and other international organizations. The group works to accelerate the use of sustainable bioenergy for power and fuel, whilst considering agricultural resources, sound environmental management, economic growth rates, energy and food security needs, financing mechanisms and policy frameworks.