We will continue to safeguard the health of our employees, ensure steady supply our products, while also striving to do our part in the fight against COVID-19.
The situation is constantly evolving, and we continue to work with authorities and our partners around the world to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure that we as a company can take appropriate action and contribute where we can.
Please see some of our current actions and responses below (updated 3 April 2020).
Keeping employees safe and production running
At Novozymes, we have implemented measures at all our locations to keep people, production and products safe.
To protect the health and safety of our employees worldwide, we have asked all those who can, to work from home.
For employees who come on site to ensure that our production and laboratories are running, we have put practices in place to keep them safe, such as enabling the recommended social distancing, enhanced cleaning and availability of protection gear as well as sanitizers.
To help our employees during this difficult time, we have among other things ensured that our digital infrastructure supports and enables connecting digitally internally as well as with our customers and stakeholders.
Supporting communities coping with COVID-19
In China, we have donated 1 million RMB via Red Cross to fight COVID-19.
To help our smaller vendors, we speed up payments.
We have launched an educational webpage about fungi and enzymes; ‘Wonders of Biology’ for parents to use in home teaching.
We have developed teaching materials school children for home teaching.
Helping with COVID-19 testing and sanitizing
In Denmark, our scientists are engaged in a project at Hvidovre Hospital to develop a washing process for the plastic test plates used for COVID-19 testing.
As more people need to be tested for the virus, a shortage of plastic plates may occur.
We are in this project together with Novo Nordisk, LEGO Group, Miele and Region Hovedstaden to secure that plates can be safely reused, and more people can be tested more quickly.
China & Europe
We are working with customers to deliver solutions for the production of alcohol for hand sanitizing.
Our enzymes are a key component in many coronavirus diagnostics kits, and we work diligently to ensure swift and continues supply to healthcare companies who produce the kits.
We are ready to provide equipment such as e.g. PCR equipment and resources to run the COVID-19 testing process at our laboratories should authorities need our help.