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Novus International
Valuing Our Role
Part: 01
Valuing Partnerships
Part: 02
Valuing People, Passion & Purpose
Part: 03
Valuing Governance & Transparency
Part: 04

GRI Index

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization which acts to increase the level of business transparency by promoting sustainability reporting among companies throughout the world. The main tool for assimilating sustainability reporting is the GRI reporting framework that contains detailed guidelines for reporting on sustainability impacts and provides a consistent structure that thousands of companies around the world now use to disclose their approach and performance related to sustainability. Over 7,000 sustainability reports were published in 2012 by companies all over the world, many of them using the GRI framework.

This report applies the GRI Framework at Application Level B. This report has been assessed by the reporting analyst at the GRI and has been confirmed to conform to this level. To the right is the declaration received from the GRI.

The different Application Levels of the GRI framework demonstrate the level of transparency of disclosures in a sustainability report. Below is the GRI table showing the different Application Levels of the GRI Reporting Framework:


The following pages show which disclosures and indicators of the GRI G3 framework Novus has responded to and links to the responses that can be found within the report.

G3 Indicator Description Reported Page No. Comment
1.1 Statement from the most senior decision-maker. Fully 3  
1.2 Description of key impacts, risks, and opportunities. Fully 3-4
2.1 Name of the organization Fully 7  
2.2 Primary brands, products, and/or services. Fully 10 Aqua Solutions, Blends, Carotenoid Solutions, Enzyme Solutions, Feed Quality Solutions, Feedmill Management, Methionine Solutions, Mineral Solutions, Therapeutic Nutrition Solutions, Vaccines.
2.3 Operational structure of the organization, including main divisions, operating companies, subsidiaries, and joint ventures. Fully This Page Novus is managed by a global Executive Management Team who manages three core development and manufacturing divisions (Methionine, Livestock Solutions, and Human
Nutrition Solutions) plus a global sales organization and an administration and strategy group. Novus has one majority owned joint venture, ESM Technologies Inc., U.S.
2.4 Location of organization's headquarters. Fully 7  
2.5 Number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries with either major operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability issues covered in the report. Fully 8  
2.6 Nature of ownership and legal form. Fully 7  
2.7 Markets served. Fully 8  
2.8 Scale of the reporting organization. Partially This page Novus does not disclose business information relating to net sales, market capitalization or quantities of products provided because, as a privately held company, this information is considered proprietary and disclosure could potentially damage Novus’s competitive position.
2.9 Significant changes during the reporting period regarding size, structure, or ownership. Fully This page There were no significant changes in structure or ownership. For the number of employees at Novus, see page 59 and for turnover data, see page 7.
2.10 Awards received in the reporting period. Fully 13-14  
3.1 Reporting period (e.g., fiscal/calendar year) for information provided. Fully 81  
3.2 Date of most recent previous report. Fully This page Novus’s most recent previous report covered the year 2011 and was published in 2012.
3.3 Reporting cycle (annual, biennial, etc.) Fully 81  
3.4 Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents. Fully 93  
3.5 Process for defining report content. Fully 81  
3.6 Boundary of the report. Fully 81  
3.7 State any specific limitations on the scope or boundary of the report. Fully 81  
3.8 Joint ventures, subsidiaries, leased facilities, outsourced operations, and other entities. Fully 81  
3.9 Data measurement techniques. Fully This Page Data measurement techniques are disclosed wherever data is reported in the body of this report.
3.10 Explanation of the effect of any restatements of information provided in earlier reports. Fully This Page Restatement of 2011 electricity consumption and resulting carbon emissions.
3.11 Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope, boundary, or measurement methods applied in the report. Fully This page There are no significant changes from previous reporting periods. All measurement methods are stated alongside data provided in the report.
3.12 Table identifying the location of the Standard Disclosures in the report. Fully 82  
3.13 External assurance for the report. Fully 81  
4.1 Governance structure of the organization, including committees under the highest governance body responsible for specific tasks, such as setting strategy or organizational oversight. Fully 77  
4.2 Indicate whether the Chair of the highest governance body is also an executive officer. Fully 77  
4.3 Members of the highest governance body that are independent and/or non-executive members. Fully 77  
4.4 Mechanisms for shareholders and employees to provide recommendations or direction to the highest governance body. Fully 79  
4.5 Linkage between compensation for members of the highest governance body, senior managers, and executives. Fully 77  
4.6 Processes in place for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided. Fully 77  


G3 Indicator Description Reported Page No. Comment
4.7 Qualifications of the members of the highest governance body in economic, environmental, and social topics. Fully 77  
4.8 Mission or values, codes of conduct. Fully 9  
4.9 Highest governance body for management of economic, environmental, and social performance. Fully 77  
4.10 Processes for evaluating the highest governance body's own performance. Fully 77  
4.11 Precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization. Fully 65  
4.12 Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles. Fully 70 Responsible Care: page 70. In addition, Novus is a member of several trade associations and subscribes to their declared principles and charters.
4.13 Memberships in associations. Fully 21-35  
4.14 Stakeholder groups engaged by the organization. Fully 19  
4.15 Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage. Fully 19  
4.16 Approaches to stakeholder engagement. Fully 19-20  
4.17 Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement. Fully 15  
ECDMA Goals, policies, plans, procedures. Fully 9 Economic Performance: page 7.
Market Presence: page 10.
Indirect Economic Impacts: pages 15.
EC2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organization's activities due to climate change. Fully This Page  As we are a supplier to the agriculture industry, agricultural productivity risks due to climate change provide us with opportunities to develop new solutions for customers.
EC6 Spending on locally-based suppliers at significant locations of operation. Fully This Page See below.


Spending on locally-based suppliers: We do not maintain a formal policy for sourcing from local suppliers, though in practice, we do have a significant positive impact on local supply in many countries around the world. As a global business, Novus works with hundreds of suppliers in many countries to support its diverse manufacturing requirements. While many of these suppliers provide materials and services for Novus facilities locally, in the country where the product or service is used, local suppliers cannot always be given preference in current supplier selection systems. Novus recognizes that encouraging local supply can be a significantly positive element in supporting local economies and works collaboratively with local suppliers wherever possible. This is demonstrated in Novus’s commitment to establishing local manufacturing in strategic markets where raw materials are often locally sourced. In addition, Novus contributes to local sourcing in an indirect way. For example, use of Novus’s chelated trace minerals enables customers to use local raw materials in animal feed instead of importing feedstocks. In working closely with customers to understand their needs, Novus assists them in developing feed mixes that utilize local raw materials as available.

G3 Indicator Description Reported Page No. Comment
EC7 Procedures for local hiring and proportion of senior management hired from the local community at significant locations of operation. Fully This Page  Our policy is to develop local talent in all areas in which we operate and we maintain development and talent planning to enable people to progress. In 2012, 33 of our total 42 senior managers (79%) were hired within their local communities.
ENDMA Goals, policy, plans, procedures. Fully 65-67 Materials: page 65
Energy: page 66
Water: page 67
Biodiversity: page 67
Emissions, Effluents and Waste: page 67
Products and Services: page 65
Compliance: page 65
Transport: page 65
Overall: page 65
EN3 Processes in place for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided. Fully This Page See below.
 EN4  Indirect energy consumption by primary source. Fully  This Page  See below.


GRI Energy Type 2010 2011 2012 Difference 2012
EN3  Direct Energy
Consumption (GJ) 
 Natural Gas  159,510  188,172 201,471   +7%
 EN4 Indirect Energy
Consumption (GJ) 
Electricity  60,623   69,055 87,509   +27%
 Steam  601,732  688,317 600,500   -10%
 Total Energy Consumption 821,865  925,544   889,490  -3.9%


  • In addition to the above energy consumption, Novus uses small quantities of diesel fuel and gasoline for car travel and use of equipment in plant and warehouse facilities. This data has not been tracked as it involves only minor levels of consumption.
  • We do not measure local sales offices or research laboratories which employ fewer than 50 people as resource consumption at these locations is negligible.
  • All electricity requirements are drawn from the National Grid in each country of operation, with the exception of our Green Acres Research Farm which generates electricity using solar energy for 17 percent of the site’s requirements.
  • An adjustment to 2011 electricity consumption figures was made to reflect underreporting in 2011 (58,821 GJ reported). 


G3 Indicator Description Reported Page No. Comment
EN8 Total water withdrawal by source. Fully This Page  Total water consumption for Novus facilities in 2012 was 314,650 m3. All water is drawn from local water grids.
 EN9  Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water. Fully  This Page  Our modest water consumption does not significantly affect any water sources, as all requirements are drawn from local water grids in the countries in which we operate.
EN16 Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight. Fully This Page See below.


GRI Energy Type 2010 2011 2012 Difference 2012
EN16 Carbon Emissions (tons) 53,748 56,660 73,275 +29%


  • Novus calculates direct and indirect carbon emissions based on electricity, natural gas and purchased steam consumption, before offsets.
  • An adjustment to 2011 carbon emission figures was made to reflect underreporting in 2011 (55,193 tons reported).
  • Carbon emission factors from electricity for all global locations were calculated in 2012 using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol conversion factors, with latest data available at time of writing in March 2012. This is a change from previous calculations using different sources and accounts for a difference of 19 percent in our total emissions increase in 2012 and sets a new baseline. Also, additional sites were included for the first time in our 2012 reporting, accounting for a further six percent increase in overall absolute emissions. Therefore, our underlying increase in carbon emissions is four percent which can be explained by a change in the mix of energy sources in 2012, notably an increase in the proportion of purchased electricity in the overall mix, as well as production mix at different sites around the world where emissions from electricity are higher.
  • The methodology used to calculate CO2 emissions from natural gas combustion is consistent with criteria used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its report, Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2009 (February, 2011).


 Description Reported  Page
EN19 Emissions of ozone-depleting substances by weight. Fully This Page There were zero emissions of ozone-depleting substances from Novus operations during the reporting period.
EN22 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method. Fully This Page  See below.


 GRI  Waste Type  2010 2011 2012 Difference 2012
 EN22 Liquid Waste to Deepwell Injection  384,900   384,900 372,688   -3%
Liquid Waste to Waste Treatment   12,827  12,827  26,492 +122% 
Solid Waste   427  425  2,283  +304%
 Total Waste 398,154  398,152   401,463 0.79% 


  • Waste data includes additional sites: Novus headquarters and Green Acres Research Farm for the first time in 2012. Taking production sites only, total waste is 396,920 tons, a decrease of 0.3 percent versus 2011.
  • The increase in solid waste for 2012 is explained by the capture, for the first time, of over 1,000 tons of solid organic waste at our eggshell membrane plant in Carthage, Missouri, U.S. This was not captured in previous reports. All eggshell calcium waste is routed for reuse as fertilizer.


 GRI  Solid Waste by Disposal (2012)  Recycle/Reuse  Incineration  Landfill
 EN22 Tons   1,604  274  405
Percentage   72%  9%  19%


 Description Reported Page
EN23 Total number and volume of significant spills. Fully This Page There were zero spills of hazardous substances in all Novus operations in the reporting period.
EN26 Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts of products and services, and extent of impact mitigation. Fully 17-46  This is covered in the Valuing Partnerships section. All our products benefit the environment as they reduce resource consumption in animals and create lower waste.
LADMA Goals, policy, plans, procedures. Fully 59-64 Employment: page 59-60
Labor/Management Relations: page 91
Occupational Health and Safety: page 62
Training and Education: page 61
Diversity and Equal Opportunity: page 91
LA1 Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region. Fully This Page  All Novus employees are hired on permanent, full-time contracts. See chart below for details of employees by region.


Total Employees at Dec. 31.   2010 2011 2012 Difference 2012
 North America  281  323  309 -4% 
Latin America  67 138  132 -4% 
 Europe, Middle East, Africa 76   157  171  +8%
 Asia Pacific  171  211  222 +5% 
 Total 595   829  834 +0.6% 


Description Reported
LA2 Total number and rate of employee turnover by age group, gender, and region. Fully This Page See charts below.


 Employee Turnover by Age in 2012  Male Female
Rate of Total Turnover
Rate of Total Turnover 
 Below Age 30  24  31  11%  14%
Age 30 - 50   74  61  33%  27%
 Over Age 50  29  7  13%  3%
Total   127  99  56%  44%


 Employee Turnover by Region in 2012  Male Female
Rate of Total Turnover
Rate of Total Turnover
 North America  46 40   20%  18%
Latin America   19 10  8%   4%
Europe, Middle East, Africa   31 18   14%  8%
 Asia Pacific  31  31  14%  14%
 Total  127  99  56% 44%


Description Reported
LA4 Percentage of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements. Fully This Page  A small proportion of our employees are covered by collective agreements in Spain, Brazil and Mexico – 124 employees (14.86% of global workforce).
LA7 Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalities by region. Fully This Page  See details of injury and workplace accident rates below. There were no fatalities and no instances of occupational disease. We do not record absenteeism for general sickness and
other reasons.


 Novus Safety Performance 2012  Work Injuries Injury Rate
per 100 Employees 
Lost Days  Lost Day Rate
per 100 Employees 
 North America 0.65  2  0.65
Asia Pacific  0
Europe, Middle East, Africa  0.58   0
 Latin America  0  0  0  0
 Total  3 0.36  2  0.24


 Description Reported
LA8 Education, training, counseling, prevention, and risk-control programs in place to assist workforce members, their families, or community members regarding serious diseases. Fully This Page  All employees receive regular updates with regard to all forms of health and wellness, including serious diseases, and have access to counselling as required.
HRDMA Goals, policy, plans, procedures. Fully This Page See our policies and key practices below.


Novus observes International Labor Conventions relating to freedom of association and prohibits forced or child labor and discrimination. All Novus plants conform to these requirements.

No Novus employees are required or forced to work for Novus or any of its subsidiaries. To the extent any employee desires to leave the employ of Novus, she or he is free to do so subject to the terms of her or his employment agreement and any other applicable legal or statutory requirements. The Novus Management System identifies several channels for employees to raise questions or concerns about their employment, including through managers, Human Resources or through the NIS Hotline.

Novus’s operations do not pose significant risks for child labor and most of the roles in each location require skill and experience and are not appropriate for children. All applicants for employment go through a well-developed system for interviewing and hiring, so that Novus can ensure that each candidate is eligible for employment in accordance with all applicable laws, including those laws that prohibit child labor.

All Novus plants are visited periodically and, in many cases, audited by Novus’s qualified personnel or by agencies certifying the facilities meet certain industry standards. Over the past few years, all Novus plants were assessed for risks of child and forced labor and found to bear no significant risk which would warrant special action.

Novus respects the right of employees to collective bargaining and complies with all relevant legislation in this respect in all countries in which Novus does business. In practice, few employees elect to become affiliated with employee representation organizations, demonstrating trust in Novus’s open and direct work culture based on ethical and equitable business practices.

Novus is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment, respecting the rights of all employees, including those maintaining indigenous rights. Novus is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ethnicity, disability or veteran status, or any other protected status designated by federal, state or local law in all countries in which Novus does business.

G3 Indicator Description Reported Page No. Comment
 HR4  Total number of incidents of discrimination and actions taken. Fully 80  
HR6 Operations identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labor, and measures taken to contribute to the elimination of child labor. Fully This Page No Novus operations were identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labor and no extraordinary measures were taken to prevent such risk.
HR7 Operations identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor, and measures to contribute to the elimination of forced or compulsory labor. Fully This Page No Novus operations were identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced labor and no extraordinary measures were taken to prevent such risk.
SODMA Goals, policy, plans, procedures. Fully 71-92 Community: page 71
Corruption: page 79
Public Policy: page 92
Anti-Competitive Behavior: page 79
Compliance: page 79
SO2 Percentage and total number of business units analyzed for risks related to corruption. Fully This Page All Novus’s global business units (five divisions) were analyzed for risks of corruption within the framework of our annual Risk Assessment.
SO3 Percentage of employees trained in organization's anti-corruption policies and procedures. Fully 80  
SO5 Public policy positions and participation in public policy development and lobbying. Fully This Page  See our approach to public policy below.


Novus does not participate directly in public policy development, lobbying or any form of affiliation with political parties and makes no cash donations to any political parties or candidates. Novus combines resources with partners who share an interest in advancing sustainable livestock agriculture, within the framework of trade associations and nongovernmental organizations. Novus maintains memberships with more than 170 trade and industry associations around the world and works in partnership to advance sustainable agricultural practices and food security, health and nutrition issues for the benefit of all.

 Description Reported
SO8 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations. Fully This Page Novus has paid no significant fines and has not been subject to non-monetary sanctions for noncompliance with laws and regulations during the reporting period.
PRDMA Goals, policy, plans, procedures. Fully 70-79 Customer Health and Safety: page 70
Product and Service Labeling: page 70
Marketing Communications: page 70
Customer Privacy: page 79
Compliance: page 79
PR3 Type of product and service information required by procedures and percentage of significant products and services subject to such information requirements. Fully 70  
PR6 Programs for adherence to laws, standards, and voluntary codes related to marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship. Fully This Page Prior to external release, all advertising, marketing and public relations materials are reviewed by Novus’s Regulatory and Legal departments for compliance with all standards and regulations.
PR9 Monetary value of significant fines for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning the provision and use of products and services. Fully This Page Novus has paid no fines for noncompliance with laws and regulations concerning the provision and use of products and services during the reporting period.
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