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.
The NNHF supports locally managed development programmes focusing on training physicians, nurses and laboratory technicians, educating people with haemophilia and family members, setting up diagnostic facilities, performing screening programmes and establishing national registries. Furthermore, it grants educational fellowships and an annual community award.
Our donations to the NNHF support 29 projects and six fellowships in 25 developing countries. By working with partners across all areas of the haemophilia community with local ownership of the projects, the NNHF aims to ensure the sustainability of development programmes.
In 2009, NNHF received an annual donation of approximately DKK 15.9 million from Novo Nordisk.
Read more about the Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation’s website.
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.
In 2009 sponsorship activities focused on health-promoting activities, awareness-raising and prevention of diabetes. Examples of activities range from diabetes walks, marathons, diabetes camps and sports activities to local community health events.
We do not gather and report the total amount used on sponsorships in the affiliates.
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.
As an example, Novo Nordisk provided the Italian community L’Aquila with free insulin and injection pens to the earthquake-struck area, together with employees assisting with the distribution of insulin and helping out in general.
See also the case examples in the ‘employee volunteering section’
Besides volunteering our employees raised funds for charity in 2009, through raffles, donations, flea markets, walkathons and auctions.
Of the fundraising projects reported in 2009, a total of 665,473 US dollars was raised to support local initiatives like diabetes camps, schools and clinics worldwide. Additionally, 135,600 US dollars was raised for projects administrated by the World Diabetes Foundation in 2009.
In some sites, the TakeAction! employee programme offers employees an opportunity to support children with diabetes in developing countries through the World Diabetes Foundation. By donating a part of their monthly salary, employees have supported diabetes projects in Bangladesh and El Salvador with 15,567 US dollars in 2009.
See also the ‘employee volunteering section’.