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      We strive to create meaningful, sustainable and positive impact.

      Our purpose is to enable every citizen to participate securely in the global economy

      De La Rue, is driven by its brand purpose – “to enable every citizen to participate securely in the global economy” – and in the delivery of this, to behave as a responsible business, actively contributing to a safer, more secure and sustainable future.

      We believe businesses have a responsibility to nurture and build effective partnerships with governments, multilaterals and academia. Through active collaboration, we can build scalable, effective and sustainable development solutions.

      This is why, at De La Rue, we have made a long term commitment as participants of the United Nations Global Compact – a voluntary initiative to align business strategies and operations with the UN’s global principles on human rights, the environment and anti-corruption. By taking active steps in supporting the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals we are upholding an individuals’ global right to prosper securely in the future.

      Our purpose

      To enable every citizen to be able to participate securely in the global community

      Our goals

      How our brand purpose translates into a responsible mission:

      • Sustainability
        We provide solutions that enable our customers to deliver sustainable services underpinning the integrity of trade, the movement of goods and personal identity. We do this in the form of banknotes and in the fight against counterfeit and fraud.
        Sustainability Policy PDF
      • Security
        We help enable the participation in and the protection of society, its people, its foundations and its infrastructures.
      • Ethical standards
        We operate at the highest of ethical standards and implement best business practice across the board, supporting our employees, their local communities, the industry and business at large.
        Code of Business Principles PDF

      Our actions

      How our brand purpose translates into a responsible mission:

      • Active participation in the UN Global Compact. The world's largest corporate sustainability initiative.
      • Accountability and reporting; constantly evidencing our credentials across the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and our support of the Sustainable Development Goals.
      • Driving sustainability; by aligning our core business strategy and our global operations to adhere to and promote the wider adoption of the UN Business Principles on human rights, labour rights, environment and anti-corruption
      • Transparency in our reporting. One example of this is our environmental impact, which has been submitted to the Carbon Disclosure Project since 2011

      De La Rue Charitable Trust

      The De La Rue Charitable Trust is an independent body established by De La Rue to offer financial support in the form of small donations to help address issues such as relief of suffering, educational support, development and self-sufficiency promotion.

      The Trust operates under the Governance Standards and Principles of the Charity Commission (UK's governing body for charities) and is audited by an external auditor. The Charitable Trust Board of Trustees meets approximately three times a year to consider applications for donations and agree how the limited funds available will be distributed.

      For more information or how to apply to the Charitable Trust please contact sponsorship@delarue.com

      De La Rue Certifications

      De La Rue is strongly committed to security, quality assurance, environmental sustainability, continuous improvement, audit and control access in all areas of its business functionality. We work towards and adhere to a number of standards, accreditations and certifications, including:

      ISO 14298:2013 Management of Security Printing Processes
      and INTERGRAF Certification

      ISO 14298 is aimed at organisations carrying out the printing and production of secure documents such as banknotes, passports credit cards and other secure documents such as tax stamps.  The accredited body, INTERGRAF further award certification at three different levels in conjunction with their own requirements, the highest being the Central Bank level. The scope of the certification allows the site to meet the security needs of both the product - from raw materials to processes - and the customer, giving confidence that the agreed level of security is achieved.

      All De La Rue finished product manufacturing sites are certified to Central Bank (CB) level, which is the highest level of INTERGRAF certification.

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      ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System
      The De La Rue Quality Management System is audited at six-monthly intervals by the British Standards Institution (BSI) to ensure that appropriate quality procedures are in place, complete and suitable for the operations that they control, and that all business related tasks are performed in a consistently professional way, and records are maintained to provide a complete audit trail.

      ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System
      De La Rue recognises that care of the environment is a fundamental concern, and is committed to the most appropriate standards of environmental management relevant to our business in line with regulatory and legislative requirements. This includes the identification of significant environmental aspects and associated impacts of factories and the establishment of an environmental management system to implement best options for environmental management across the business.

      ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
      All De La Rue manufacturing sites hold ISO 45001:2018. We ensure all health and safety processes are robust and in place to meet our responsibility to keep our employees and everyone visiting our sites safe and secure. This is done through clearly defined responsibilities, good communication and training, risk assessment and the implementation of appropriate controls.

      ISO 22301:2019 Business Continuity Management System
      All De La Rue manufacturing sites and the Head Office functions hold ISO 22301:2019 standard. The management system ensures De La Rue has a robust plan in place that enhances our resilience and identifies contingency for all critical business activities. This protects against and reduces the impact of a disruptive event, while ensuring business continues with minimal impact to customers.


      ISO27001:2013 IT services including data hosting and application development
      The management system defined by ISO 27001 currently provides Information Security across Viables, Gateshead, Malta, Westhoughton, Debden and Kenya sites. It is our intention to expand the certification to all sites and some key customer environments in the future

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      Ethical business practice

      We are fully committed to operating with integrity as we deliver on our strategic objectives, doing business in an ethical and sustainable way. The purpose of our business is securing trust between people, businesses and governments. Our Currency and Authentication divisions enable our customers to deliver sustainable services underpinning the integrity of trade, the movement of goods and personal identity. In achieving this we have a responsibility to all our stakeholders to uphold the highest standards of business conduct.

      Our Code of Business Principles define the way in which we conduct ourselves and work, covering our employees, our contractors and third party partners.

      The Banknote Ethics Initiative (BnEI) is an initiative established to provide ethical business practice, with a focus on the prevention of corruption and on compliance with anti-trust law within the banknote industry. Members must adhere to a strict Code of Ethical Business Practice and all organisations that have signed the Code must become accredited after passing an audit carried out by a third party auditor. De La Rue has passed all audits to date at Level 1, the highest level.

      For more detail please see the latest version of our annual report

      Environmental investment

      De La Rue understands the impact that its activities, products and services can have on the environment. All of our manufacturing sites have achieved ISO14001 accreditation for their environmental management systems.

      De La Rue has recently been recognised by the Financial Times and Statista as one of the Europe’s Climate Leaders. We were rated in the top 25 out of the 300 companies selected from more than 4000 across Europe. This award recognised the carbon impact score assigned to us by the Carbon Disclosure Project. Continuous, incremental improvements made since 2011 have helped this score steadily improve over the past decade.  

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      Our commitment to diversity, equity
      and inclusion

      At De La Rue we value and respect each other’s views, opinions, beliefs - and everything else that makes you the unique individual you are. We have built our business over more than 200 years by understanding the markets and communities in which we live and work. We do that based on the strength of the diversity of the people in our company. Our collective uniqueness drives innovation and keeps us at the forefront of our industry. It’s the combined strength of our individuality that continues to make the biggest difference.​ ​

      Our principle for everyone is simple:
      Be heard, be valued, be you. ​


      Gender diversity

      De La Rue’s gender pay gap data for 2020 is shown in this report. These statistics are drawn from data referencing a snapshot date of 5 April 2020. The gender pay gap looks at UK based jobs at all levels (as compared to equal pay, which is concerned with addressing pay issues of men and women performing the same or similar work). We are required by legislation to report only on employing entities with more than 250 employees. For De La Rue, this requires us to reference the 1,132 UK based employees who were part of the entity known as De La Rue International Limited, as at the snapshot date.

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      2021 Annual Report

      We are pleased to announce De La Rue's 2021 Annual Report.
      Please take a look at the PDF version of our report.

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