Managing risk is central to Novo Nordisk Pharmatech, as it is critical for us to protect our assets, our employees, and our business. It is the responsibility of the management board to review the overall risk exposure of the company. For this purpose, a risk assessment process is in place, where relevant risks are identified and assessed on a frequent basis. Based on this assessment, mitigation plans are evaluated twice a year, and subsequently reported to the Board of Directors as a standard agenda item at Board meetings.
Risks are assessed based on the likelihood of events, as well as the potential impact of events on our business to reach short and long-term objectives. This assessment is anchored in the strategic planning process presented to and approved by the Board of Directors on an annual basis.
The top risks at Novo Nordisk Pharmatech are identified as:
As Novo Nordisk Pharmatech operates in a global market, we also adhere to the highest standards of business ethics in our dealings with external parties. All relevant employees receive mandatory e -learning training, as well as training from legal experts to counter corruption and/or bribery attempts. Our operating model is to use distributors in global markets, and our distributors are trained and contractually obliged to uphold the same standards. If corruption and bribery attempts do happen, there is an established whistle-blower framework available, enabling anonymous reporting if deemed necessary
Our production processes involve chemicals that are potentially hazardous to the health and safety of our employees as well as the local environment. Therefore, we are continuously investing to mitigate the risk of adverse situations in this area.
We are continuously reviewing our environmental mitigation plans to ensure we are equipped to deal with abnormal climate situations such as the aftermath of flooding and heavy rain as we are situated close to sea level
As part of annual budgeting and follow-up, we forecast with expectations on market developments in the short- and long term. A long-term risk in the quats market is a trend away from using preservation chemicals in final products, as end customers are looking for alternatives to this. This can threaten the long-term growth of our quats business. For technical insulin, the market has developed insulin-free media that is used in certain applications and creates a long-term risk to our growth. Further risks for insulin include unsuccessful product executions in our large customers and patent expiration on mAb blockbuster drugs. These situations could result in the loss of substantial revenue in the short term. If some of our big insulin customers suffer in their product executions, and when patent expiration happens on mAb block buster drugs it will have a short-term financial effect as we could lose out on substantial revenues.
Disruption to IT systems, through cyber-attacks or infrastructure failure, can result in business disruption or breach of data confidentiality. Increased digitalisation of production and the way we collaborate – especially since the COVID-19 outbreak – increases the impact of a potential disruption to the IT systems, as it could limit our ability to produce and safeguard product quality as well as limit future business opportunities if proprietary information is lost.
To mitigate the IT security risks, there are built-in protection mechanisms in our IT systems, that are audited by internal audit for security controls, and campaigns are executed to ensure increased awareness in IT security for all employees.
Increased sales of our internal products have resulted in a high demand for raw materials leading to capacity constraints at our suppliers. Strong partnerships and long-term co-operation are key to securing a steady and sufficient supply. The latest increase in energy prices has resulted in increases in transportation prices and raw material prices. Having open discussions with suppliers and trying to find common understanding are helping to keep the costs at a reasonable level. However, it is inevitable that costs for raw materials will increase.