28. February 2011 17:14
Novo Nordisk is to celebrate its Investors in People (IIP) Bronze Standard award by sponsoring a guide dog for its first year.
The pharma company achieved the Inspiring Business Performance accolade after increasing its amount of employees by a third in 2009.
Liz Chaddock, Project Manager at Novo Nordisk, says the decision to sponsor a guide dog puppy “demonstrates the responsibility we feel as a company to our society”.
Novo Nordisk was presented with the award in November 2010 after originally achieving the Investors in People Standard a decade earlier.
Diabetes is one of the most common causes of blindness in the UK. The company has an extensive portfolio of diabetes products and said it was “fitting” to sponsor the guide dog named Vicky.
“Achieving Investors in People is a completely positive experience,” said Liz Chaddock.
“The feedback from our assessor allows us to make continuous improvements, whilst the process itself flags up areas we need to work on. We have already implemented some improvements on our way to the Silver award, and are aiming for Gold in 2012, in time for the London Olympics.”
The company, which has its UK headquarters in Crawley and has nearly 500 employees in the UK and Ireland, hopes to achieve the Investors in People Silver award this year, and continue celebrating achievements in ways that help the community.