Three centuries of being a reliable supplier, producer, adviser, and innovator has made Her Majesty Queen Beatrix decide to bestow the title 'Royal' upon us, on the occasion of the celebration of the third centenary in 2003. In order for a company to obtain this Royal Warrant, it has to have the advantage of high esteem regarding its nature, size, and trustworthiness, and it has to have a leading or prominent place within its field in the Netherlands, preferably with an international reputation. The management has to be impeccable. And both the company, as well as its board members and company directors, must be distinguished and have be of good character.

Good Governance

The Dutch Corporate Governance Code exclusively applies to companies that are listed on the stock market. Royal Joh. Enschedé is not listed but nevertheless the company endorses the main principle of the Code, because good governance is an essential condition for the trust in the management of a company. This includes acting in an upright and transparent manner of the Management Team and the Supervisory Board, including taking responsibility for the exercised supervision. Joh. Enschedé keeps to the best-practice conditions of the Code, as far as they are applicable given the size of the company.


The banknote division of Royal Joh. Enschedé is fully ‘Euro’ accredited by the European Central Bank. These ECB accreditations encompasses the security accreditations according to decision made by the European Central Bank in regards to four important criteria:

  • Environmental
  • Health and safety
  • Quality
  • Security

Next to the above, Royal Joh. Enschedé is accredited in over 90 countries worldwide to print their national banknotes.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an essential element of good practice for Royal Joh. Enschedé. Joh. Enschedé understands CSR to meet the organisation’s responsibility for the impact of its decisions and activities on the employees, intermediaries, customers, suppliers, society and the environment by acting transparently, honestly and ethically.

Joh. Enschedé complies with all relevant national and international laws and regulations and codes of conduct. Human rights as described in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are respected at all times.

Joh. Enschedé has a zero tolerance policy with regard to bribery, corruption and the forming of cartels. Wherever we operate, in all our business activities and commercial relationships, we adopt a professional, honest and honourable approach. We do not pay or accept any bribes or kickbacks of any kind, anywhere in the world. Gifts, invitations and hospitality are not accepted if these appear excessive or can reasonably be interpreted as an attempt to influence a commercial decision. Joh. Enschedé always competes in accordance with anti-cartel legislation and competition law as it applies worldwide.


Customers, suppliers, governments, and other stakeholders within society make increasingly stronger demands on companies and the quality of management. This has led to the certification of management systems for quality, security, the environment, and employees' health & safety of all subsidiaries by different certifying bodied.

Joh. Enschedé has the following accreditations for High Security Management Systems and High Security Printing:

ISO 9001:2008 sets out the criteria for a quality management system such as strong customer focus, motivation and implication of top management, process approach and continual improvement.

ISO 14001:2004 specifies requirements for an environmental management system that enables an organisation to develop and implement a policy and objectives which the organisation identifies as those which it can control and those which it can influence.

ISO 14298:2013 aims at providing security printers and their suppliers with well-established criteria to help them implement the most efficient and secure management system.

OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems that exist to help all kinds of organisations put in place demonstrably sound occupational health and safety performance.