The United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is a voluntary initiative whereby companies align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. It is based on commitments of chief executives to implement universal business principles and to take steps to support UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goals' aim is to encourage individuals, organisations, governments and the international community to communicate and collaborate more effectively and to ensure that everyone has the right to prosper in the future.

By enabling every citizen to participate securely in the global economy, our purpose directly supports the same goals as those defined via the UNGC. Through the alignment of ourselves to these goals, it allows us to show where and how we contribute to their achievement and also provides a framework for us to report against them.

Our participation in the UNGC is also a clear demonstration of the progress we are making in our five year transformation programme, which addresses a number of initiatives, including sustainability.

“Many of the SDGs are at the heart of what we do. We are proud to demonstrate that we are a responsible business - in the services we provide, the way we work and the contributions we make to the communities in which we operate.”

The Sustainable development goals - at a glance

There are 17 Sustainable Development goals defined as part of the UNGC. A thorough independent review of our business showed De La Rue’s alignment to the SDGs as follows:


SDGs where De La Rue’s impact is significant and where we will continue to lead


Focus and Improve

SDGs where we have the opportunity to improve and achieve a great impact


Maintain Momentum

SDGs where we must maintain our strategies in order to ensure we continue to make an impact


Maintain Foundations

SDGs which we continue to support


SDG official website

“We are always looking at ways the business can improve its impact on sustainability and are committed to doing more in the future.”

Sophie Ogilvy, Senior government relations manager for sustainable development

Full report

Download a copy of our full report that demonstrates how we are aligning our business to the principles of the UNGC.