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Privacy policy

What information will be registered?
The system can only be used to report on significant matters such as, e.g., financial crimes, significant work safety violations, significant violations of environmental regulations, and on environmental pollution, physical violence, sexual assaults, etc.
If reports on less significant matters, such as, e.g., dissatisfaction with wages, difficulties with cooperation and violations of smoking and alcohol policies are received, this information will be immediately deleted in the IT system and the report will be closed.
The registration of reports takes place anonymously in the system. The only thing that is registered is the report itself. There is no log made as to the IP address or machine ID of the computer on which the report is made.
Correction of registered information
If you realise that you have provided incomplete or incorrect information, just make a new report in the system in which you refer to the earlier report and describe what should be corrected.
If, in connection with the opening of a report, have decided to open a secure post box, you can make the correction by logging in to the system using your case number and the password you had created.
Transfers of registered information
The Whistleblower System is administered by the General Counsel and the Chief Legal Compliance Officer in Novozymes A/S. Information about reports received, including personal information, may be transferred to affiliates in the Novozymes group of companies to the extent relevant for the investigation,

The information registered in the IT system is not generally transferred to a third party outside of the Novozymes group. However, in the following circumstances, the information may be transferred onward:

  • Transfer to an external attorney or auditor in connection with the processing of the report.
  • If the report results in a court case.
  • If the report results in a police report.
  • If the law so requires.

Your personal information (name and address)
If you provide your name, be aware that Novozymes can use your personal information when investigating the case, and also during any subsequent court case or police investigation.

Novozymes guarantees that your personal data protection rights will be respected without limitations and will only be used as described above. To view Novozymes’ rules on protection of personal employee data, see Zymernet.

Novozymes will not share your personal information with third parties outside of the organisation except for in cases as described above in section ”Transfer of registered information”.

Deletion of registered data
Registered data may only be retained for as long as there is a need for it.

When there no longer is a need for retaining the recorded personal information, the information is deleted.

IT security
The Whistleblower System is hosted by Got Ethics A/S, an independent party guaranteeing the system’s security and anonymity.

Got Ethics A/S has taken the necessary technical and organisational measures to prevent personal data from being accidentally or illegally destroyed or lost, and to prevent any unauthorised disclosure or misuse of the personal data. The handling of personal data is subject to strict controls and procedures and is in compliance with good practices in the field.

All data is transmitted and stored encrypted. No unencrypted information is sent over the open Internet.

The system does not log IP addresses and machine IDs, and does not use cookies.

If a report is made from a computer on the company’s network, there is a risk that the visited webpages will be logged in the browser’s history and/or company’s log. This risk can be eliminated by making the report from a computer which is not on the company’s network. Note however that Novozymes will not authorize investigating these logs to determine the identity of an anonymous whistleblower. 
If one uploads documents, one should be aware that the documents can contain metadata which can compromise the reporter’s identity. Therefore, one should ensure that any identifying metadata be removed from a document before it is uploaded.

It is optional to make either an anonymous report or a report containing personal data. If a reporter chooses not to remain anonymous, the reporter’s identity will be known to the persons that handle the case. The reporter risks being called as a witness in any court case, and the reporter’s identity may thus be revealed.
If you have any questions regarding personal data protection, you may contact Novozymes’ Chief Legal Compliance Officer Britt-Mari Hauberg by e-mail: bmfo@novozymes.com