Company profile

    Novozymes is the world leader in bioinnovation, producing a wide range of industrial enzymes and microorganisms. Seeking to change the world together with our customers, we offer biological solutions that help customers create more with less and improve performance, while saving energy and generating less waste.


    In 2013, customers reduced their CO2 emissions by 52 million tons through the application of Novozymes’ products, equivalent to taking 20 million cars off the road.

    The world’s natural resources are under escalating pressure from growing populations and increased consumption. If we are to meet the world’s basic needs, continued innovation is essential. Novozymes’ biosolutions are part of the answer. Used in the manufacture of a wide variety of products, our biological solutions improve the efficiency of industrial processes by saving energy and raw materials while reducing waste. The result is higher quality, lower costs and improved environmental performance for our customers.

    Rethink Tomorrow

    Our innovative solutions are a product of our expertise in biotechnology. Novozymes’ unique industrial biotechnology platform and customer partnerships provide a wealth of opportunities for the world’s industries. Microbiology, high-throughput screening, protein engineering and fermentation technology are just some of the tools on which we base our business. Combining industrial insight with this technology platform, we partner with customers across a broad range of industries to create tomorrow’s industrial biosolutions.

    Novozymes has a global presence with over 6,200 employees on six continents. More than 20% of our global workforce is engaged in research and development, and 13-14% of sales are invested in research and development worldwide. To safeguard our biosolutions, we currently hold over 7,000 granted or pending patents, which is testament to the possibilities that emerge when nature and technology join forces.

    “In 2013, we helped customers prevent an estimated 52 million tons of CO2 emissions.”



    A growing global population with a rising need for food, water, energy and other resources is pushing industries to get smarter and produce more with less.

    Novozymes supports this transformation by replacing conventional chemicals with enzymes and microorganisms, thereby helping reduce the water, energy and raw materials needed in many industrial processes.

    World leader in industrial enzymes

    We constantly strive to grow our business and expand our markets by bringing new innovations to the market and launching new platforms. Novozymes supplies five major global industries: Household Care (36% of sales), Food & Beverages (27%), Bioenergy (16%), Agriculture & Feed (14%) and Technical & Pharma (7%), generating total sales of DKK 11,746 million and EBIT of DKK 2,901 million in 2013.

    With an estimated 48% share of the global enzyme market in 2013, we strengthened our position as the world’s leading producer of industrial enzymes.

    More than 700 products and 40 unique end markets globally

    Novozymes sells products all over the world for applications as diverse as detergents, biofuels, agriculture, food and beverages, biopharmaceuticals, wastewater, textiles and pulp & paper.

    Enzymes are widely used in laundry and dishwashing detergents, and this area accounts for 36% of Novozymes’ sales. Our solutions improve the performance of detergents by enabling improved stain removal, garment care and general wash performance. Enzymes have a positive environmental impact because they can replace larger amounts of petrochemical-derived ingredients, and their unique catalytic action makes enzymes particularly useful ingredients in low-temperature and concentrated detergents.

    Enzymes for the bioenergy industry, one of Novozymes’ main focus areas, turn starch (primarily corn), cellulose and biomass into fermentable sugars used in the production of ethanol and renewable plastics, for example. Biofuels are an important step toward meeting the growing demand for sustainable energy.

    Novozymes supplies a range of microorganisms and enzymes for use in agriculture. Our biosolutions help farmers grow healthier, more productive crops, enhance the digestibility and nutritional value of animal feed, and maintain healthy water conditions by combating common problems associated with intensive aquaculture.

    Our enzymes are used extensively in the food and beverage industry to enhance the quality of bread, beer, wine and other products. Our solutions enable customers to offer healthier and tastier products, produce them at competitive costs and meet high ethical standards.

    “With an estimated 48% share of the global enzyme market in 2013, we strengthened our position as the world’s leading producer of industrial enzymes.”

    Novozymes also supplies a range of microorganisms for industrial use in the cleaning and wastewater markets, while its biopharma business focuses on improving medical devices as well as drug delivery and formulation using unique recombinant albumin and hyaluronic acid technologies.

    Sustainability – an intrinsic part of the business

    The nature of our technology makes sustainability an intrinsic part of the business, allowing us to offer our customers solutions that enable them to optimize their use of raw materials and energy. Furthermore, Novozymes is committed to the UN Global Compact principles as a LEAD member and takes an active part in the U.N.-led Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative. Sustainability is integrated into our business, across all relevant functions, which gives us a competitive advantage as more customers look to use sustainability as a differentiator.

    To support our ambition to drive sustainability around the world, we work closely with all players across the business value chain: suppliers, customers and society. Novozymes mitigates risks and taps into supplier strengths by requiring suppliers to balance reliability, quality and efficiency with a focus on sustainability and innovation. We work to increase CO2 efficiency by improving production processes and helping our customers achieve further CO2 reductions through the application of our products. In 2013, we helped customers prevent an estimated 52 million tons of CO2 emissions.

    It is important for Novozymes to be a transparent and responsible business. Our cross-functional Sustainability Board, responsible for setting sustainability targets, mirrors our value chain and is built upon multi-stakeholder engagement.

    Touch the World

    Our vision, company idea, commitment and values form our guide – what we call Touch the World.


    Our vision: A future where our biological solutions create the necessary balance between better business, cleaner environment and better lives

    Our company idea: Rethink Tomorrow

    Our commitment: To continuously improve our financial, environmental and social performance to drive the world toward sustainability

    Our values:

    • Dare to lead – because the future is created by you
    • Trust and earn trust – because nothing beats a circle of trust
    • Connect to create – because the world is full of ideas
    • Unlock passion – because passion makes dreams come alive