Community engagement is embedded in Novo Nordisk's history and values, where donations are an 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 2009, Novo Nordisk and its employees made substantial donations to institutions such as the World Diabetes Foundation and 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, Novo Nordisk's biggest single commitment is its annual donation to the World Diabetes Foundation. At the company's Annual General Meeting in 2002, the shareholders made an agreement obliging the company over a 10-year period to make an annual donation of 0.25% of the net insulin sales for the preceding financial year (not to exceed 65 million Danish kroner or 15% of taxable income). In March 2008, the shareholders of Novo Nordisk A/S approved of an additional endowment of a maximum of DKK 575 million over another ten year-period, bringing the two endowments from Novo Nordisk A/S up to a total maximum of DKK 1.2 billion in the period 2001 - 2017.

In 2009 the donations amounted to DKK 68 million.

Read about how we work with giving access to health in developing countries here.


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 as a Swiss non-profit organisation with global focus. 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 disasters such as earthquakes or tsunamis hit, 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.

Employee donations

Besides volunteering our employees raised funds for charity in 2009, through raffles, donations, flea markets, walkathons and auctions.