Sustainability Reporting Award goes to Novo Nordisk

"Based on a collective assessment of the criteria, Novo Nordisk is at a highly advanced stage in integrating its sustainability activities into its reporting model. It demonstrates the longterm financial benefits to all stakeholders of the organisations, including shareholders, of its sustainability activities."

STOCKHOLM, JUNE 3, 2009 - In tough competition with five prominent nominees, Novo Nordisk won the Globe Sustainability Reporting Award 2009. The award was presented to Novo Nordisk's Director of Corporate Accountability, Susan Blesener, by H.R.H Swedish Crown Princess Victoria, at a ceremony in the Winter Garden of Grand Hotel in Stockholm on June 3rd.

The goal of the Globe Award for Sustainability Reporting, this year presented for the first time, is to discover and encourage companies prominent in sustainability reporting. Read more about the criteria here

"We were impressed with both the strength and the international spread of the entries. Integration of sustainability into business strategy was highlighted as the main criteria and many companies provided real evidence of the move to make this core to their DNA. It was a little disappointing that comparability across industry sectors was missing from most of the reports", says Paul Druckman, Chairman of the Jury for the Globe Sustainability Reporting Award.

A total of four jury groups for Globe Award, each with highly experienced and internationally recognized experts, has ensured that the most innovative and visionary innovators, scientists, cities and companies are highlighted. The Globe Award jury is chaired by Lars-Olle Larsson, Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Sweden.

The goal of the Globe Award for Sustainability Reporting, this year presented for the first time, is to discover and encourage companies prominent in sustainability reporting. Read more about the criteria here

The jury group for the Sustainability Reporting Award was chaired by Paul Druckman, Chairman of Executive Board of HRH The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Project, based the UK. Other members of the jury were Olivier Bouellis-Taft, CEO Federation of European Accountants, Brussels, Belgium and Peter Wong, Member of the Board of Directors Global Reporting, Hong Kong; Brian Ballou & Dan Heitger, Professors and Co-Directors, Center for Business Excellence Farmer School of Business, Miami University, USA and Erik Mather, Managing Director, Regnan - Governance Research and Engagement, Australia.

About Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk manages its business in accordance with the Triple Bottom Line business principle. In making decisions, the company seeks to balance three considerations: Is it economically viable? Is it socially responsible? And is it environmentally sound? Since 2004, the company has reporting on financial, social and environmental performance in one combined report. www.novonordisk.com