This excerpt taken from the NVO 6-K filed Nov 3, 2008.
As the opportunity to buy and own shares in Novo Nordisk is evaluated to have a positive impact on attraction, engagement and retention of employees worldwide, the Board of Directors has approved a global employee share programme to be implemented in November 2008. In Denmark each employee will get the opportunity to buy up to 100 B shares at a price of DKK 150. The shares will be tied up until 2014. Outside of Denmark each employee will be granted 50 restricted stock awards at a price of nil. The release of the awards will require employment for a three-year period following grant.
The global employee share programme is expected to include approximately 1.8 million shares and will be covered by the existing holding of treasury shares. The operating cost effect for 2008 is expected to be approximately DKK 200 million and for each of the years 20092011 approximately DKK 50 million.