Novo Nordisk: The Five Most Popular Sustainability Stories of 2015!

Novo Nordisk: The Five Most Popular Sustainability Stories of 2015!

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Happy New Year & best wishes for a healthy & sustainable 2016! Read our top 5 stories for 2015: via @novonordisk
Friday, December 18, 2015 - 9:00am

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Throughout the year, Novo Nordisk shared stories and videos telling the actions and initiatives that demonstrate the company’s commitment to financial, environmental and social responsibility. Here is a recap of the five stores that received the most clicks!

  1. Type 1 diabetes – In Search of a Cure

Since Novo Nordisk was founded more than 90 years ago, the company has been committed to improving the lives of people with diabetes which includes efforts to prevent, treat and ultimately cure diabetes. But is a cure just a dream – or a potential reality? In this interview Dr Matthias von Herrath, head of Novo Nordisk’s type 1 diabetes research unit in Seattle, US, offered his perspective.

Read the full story here.

The story was featured in Novo Nordisk’s integrated annual report which accounts for social, environmental and financial performance. Read the full report here.

  1. Novo Nordisk #15 on Top Green Companies in the World

This year, Novo Nordisk moved up 12 places to rank #15 on the 2015 Newsweek Green Rankings. Newsweek Green Rankings rate the world’s largest companies on corporate sustainability and environmental impact.

Read the full story here.

Learn about the company’s most recent commitment to renewable electricity at all its global production sites by 2020 here.

  1. Diabetes Screening in Kenya – ‘It Takes Only 5 Seconds’

For thousands of people living in Kenya, knowing if you have diabetes can take only five seconds. This was the message from a campaign launched in Nairobi to encourage people to get their blood sugar levels checked. The campaign was part of Novo Nordisk’s Base of the Pyramid (BoP) project, which seeks to ensure availability and accessibility of affordable insulin and provision of quality diabetes health care to Kenyans at the base of the economic pyramid.

Read the full story here.

  1. In Indonesia, Novo Nordisk is Diabetes CSR Company of the Year

There are nine million people with diabetes in Indonesia and two-thirds are living in major cities. In Indonesia, Novo Nordisk was honoured for its actions to address urban diabetes, winning Frost & Sullivan’s 2015 Diabetes CSR Company of the Year Award. Actions include public awareness activities, capacity building for health workers, and supporting diabetes clinics.

Read the full story here.

  1. The Need for Healthy Goals

In September, world leaders gathered in New York to adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this blog piece, Charlotte Ersbøll, Corporate Vice President in Novo Nordisk, reflects on the post-2015 agenda, why health must remain at the heart of sustainable development and how Novo Nordisk can make a difference.

Read the full story here.

The story was featured in an issue of the TBL Quarterly dedicated to the SDGs.


Curious to know about the sustainability stories of 2016?
Stay updated on Novo Nordisk’s sustainability stories through our sustainability magazine, TBL Quarterly. If you would like to receive notifications when new issues are available, send a mail to

Happy New Year and best wishes for a healthy and sustainable 2016!


About Novo Nordisk
Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. This heritage has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people defeat other serious chronic conditions: haemophilia, growth disorders and obesity.

We believe that a healthy economy, environment and society are fundamental to long-term value creation. This is why we manage our business in accordance with the Triple Bottom Line business principle and consider the financial, environmental and social impact of our business decisions.