About Us

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Our Promise

De La Rue’s purpose is to enable every citizen to participate securely in the global economy. A trusted partner of governments, central banks and commercial organisations, we deliver products and services that under pin the integrity of trade, personal identity and the movement of goods. As a global enabler we can help governments around the world meet their commitments to both citizen and society. Our work is centred on providing a bespoke and flexible solution that meets the specific economic, cultural and social needs of the country.

Our Purpose

To enable every citizen to participate securely in the global economy.

Our Mission

To provide governments and commercial organisations with products and services that under pin the integrity of trade, personal identity and the movement of goods.

Global Context

With a 200 year heritage, De La Rue works to the highest ethical standards and stands firm in its fight against counterfeit and fraud.

This, alongside an unrivalled commitment to innovation, ensures De La Rue remains at the forefront of new developments in the delivery of security and integrity to the Cash Supply Chain, in the Management of Citizen Identities and for the provision of Product Authentication solutions.

De La Rue is a truly global business, with customers in our 140 markets, manufacturing locations across three continents, and over 3,150 employees in place and our products and services in use in every country around the world.

We value each and every one of these partnerships, and using our global experience combined with local presence and on the ground support, we work closely with our customers and they seek to find the solutions to some of the key challenges faced by society today centred around financial inclusion, citizen identity management and anti-counterfeiting programmes and activities.

Our Solutions

Financial Inclusion

We recognise that financial inclusion is critical to economic wellbeing and with 85% of all global transactions currently made with cash, it is critical that the currency in people’s hands is authentic, easily available and cost effectively distributed.

From world-leading design and the integration of innovative high-security features, to safeguarding national reputations, at De La Rue, we create banknotes, banknote paper and polymer solutions that meet the individual needs of each currency and circulation environment.

Identity Security

The world’s population is forecast to reach 11.2 billion by 2100, and combined with the social and economic challenges brought about by increased global travel, migration and security threats, the need for every person globally to have a legal and secure identity has never been greater.

De La Rue are global specialists in citizen identity management, we deliver passports and national identity services, eGovernment and complete identity data management solutions, appropriate to specific needs and individual requirements.

Anti-corruption & counterfeiting

The total value of counterfeit and pirated goods in 2015 was estimated to be US$1.7 trillion. The consequences of illicit trade are far reaching and damaging for society; stunting socio-economic growth, risking citizens’ health, fuelling criminal activity and damaging brand reputations. To combat illicit trade, the authenticity of products needs to be guaranteed from source to consumption.

At De La Rue, we create and deliver secure physical identifiers in the form of tax stamps and product authentication labels, as well as digital software solutions that help to protect from counterfeit and illicit trade, securing revenues and safeguarding reputations.

Doing Business Ethically

De La Rue prides itself on operating to the highest ethical standards and strong practices, and takes seriously its responsibility to manage the business in an ethical way. Working within a robust ethical framework, De La Rue’s commitment to doing the “right thing” every time and all the time is embedded throughout the organisation.

Within the varied sectors and geographies that we operate, it is essential that De La Rue maintains the trust and confidence of customers, partners, investors, and all stakeholders, both inside and outside the organisation, by demonstrating complete integrity in the way that we and our business partners behave.

A brief overview of some of our rigorous internal processes and external audits are outlined below:

  • The De La Rue Ethics Committee, with all non-executive directors as its members, is responsible for advising the board on the development of strategy and policy on ethical matters.
  • The De La Rue Code of Business Principles sets out our core values and standards and is the foundation of our ethical framework
  • All employees and business partners are without exception required to follow the Code of Business Principles when representing De La Rue. Focused on nine core areas, the Code provides guidance on the right behaviours in areas such as bribery & corruption, conflicts of interest and competition & anti-trust as well as gifts & hospitality, records & reports and employment principles
  • These principles are backed up by policies, supported by processes such as vetting, reporting, disciplinary procedures and compliance declaration. These are each underpin by controls, surveys, audits and benchmarking which help to ensure that we do the right thing as a business
  • Ethics Champions have been appointed at each site to help us better understand and respond to the needs of sites in relation to Code of Business Principles’ matters
  • De La Rue operates CodeLine, a confidential and independently-run third party service that allows anyone to report and potential breaches, raise concerns or seek clarification on any aspect of the Code of Business Principles
  • De La Rue was one of the founding companies of the Banknote Ethics Initiative and were proud to be amongst the first to be accredited in February 2014
  • De La Rue supports and works closely with the Institute of Business Ethics

“Many aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals are at the heart of what our business does. By joining the UN Global Compact, we will collaborate to catalyse efforts to fight illicit activities and to ensure human identity, social inclusion and transparency.

As a strategic partner, employer, in our global and local communities, we will continue to act as a responsible business across all our activities and encourage others to do the same and put the SDGs and UNGC principles at the heart of their business.”

Sophie Ogilvy, Senior Government Relations Manager for Sustainable Developement

A Responsible Business

At De La Rue, we believe it is important to work responsibly and to the highest of ethical standards. We are therefore extremely proud to announce our participation in the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).

The UNGC is a voluntary initiative for companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour rights, environment and anti-corruption and to take actions accordingly that help advance society’s goals.

The UNGC supports the delivery of the UN Sustainability Development Goals (UNSDGs) and encourage individuals, organisations, governments and international community to communicate and collaborate more effectively than ever before and ensure everyone has the right to prosper in the future.

De La Rue are committed to the UN sustainability goals - 17 specific targets aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for everyone.

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De La Rue in Africa

For over 200 years De La Rue has been providing currency, identity solutions and product authentication identifiers to countries around the world.

Below are the countries in Africa that De La Rue partners with:




Cape Verde





The Gambia













Sao Tome



Sierra Leone


South Africa

South Sudan

The Sudan





“Africa’s population is set to double by 2050 thereby providing governments with enormous challenges as well as opportunities. De La Rue is keeping up with this growth through its capital investment into its Kenya facility. These are exciting times both for De La Rue and for Africa as a whole.”

Matt West, Regional Director, Africa

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