Community engagement is embedded in Novo Nordisk's history and values, where donations are a key element. Our donations can take many forms. It may be employees volunteering their time and resources for community work, it can be donations to improve the capacity in healthcare systems, and it could also be activities to raise awareness about healthy living and lifestyle-related health risks.

In 2011, Novo Nordisk and its employees made substantial donations to institutions such as the World Diabetes Foundation, the Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation and to aid people with diabetes affected by natural disasters. Employees also raised money to support diabetes through diabetes walks, marathons, diabetes camps and sports activities, and local community health events.


World Diabetes Foundation

In financial terms, our biggest single commitment is our annual donation to the World Diabetes Foundation. At Novo Nordisk's 2002 Annual General Meeting, the shareholders made an agreement obligating the company over a 10-year period to make an annual donation of 0.25% of the net insulin sales of the Group in the preceding financial year.

Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation

An estimated 80% of people with haemophilia live in developing countries, where haemophilia is not a healthcare priority and many people with haemophilia go undiagnosed or are inadequately treated. To address the significant need for improved access to haemophilia care, the Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation (NNHF) was established in 2005. Novo Nordisk is committed to providing annual donations on a long-term basis.


Novo Nordisk primarily sponsors activities within the framework of the company's therapy areas, with a particular focus on diabetes. Whenever possible, the company is actively involved in the planning, execution and/or follow-up of the activities to ensure as high an impact as possible.

Donations for relief actions

When communities are affected by natural disasters, the infrastructure that normally supplies people with chronic diseases such as haemophilia and diabetes breaks down - meaning a life- threatening situation for hundreds or thousands of survivors. Quick response from companies such as Novo Nordisk is often crucial.

Main donations in 2011 include:

Employee donations

In total, Novo Nordisk employees donated 204,097 US dollars to the World Diabetes Foundation, Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation, local initiatives, organisations and causes through fundraising activities and salary deductions in 2011.

For more detailed information see employee engagement


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CO2 emissions from energy consumption decreased by 2.1%



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