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Corporate Social Responsibility


We're aware just how important it is to protect the world around us; in fact, without wood, we wouldn’t have pencils!

We comply with the internationally recognised Environmental Management standard, ISO 14001 and hold a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for developing a unique, solvent-free paint application system which has greatly improved the air quality in this production area. Other environmental initiatives at the factory include: the burning of waste sawdust from the pencil making process which is used to heat the factory in the winter months; rain water collection; motion sensors on the lighting; participation in the Valpack packaging initiative improving the packaging used for our pencils; and a cycle to work scheme. 

As part of Acco Brands, our parent company, we have directly supported the recycling of more than 900 tonnes of material year on year for the last 10 years. 

We have also been awarded the BOSS Federation Environmental Award for the past 11 years.

Health & Safety

We make sure we look after all our employees and ensure they are kept safe when working in our factory. In 2013, we were awarded the prestigious RoSPA Order of Distinction Award for Occupational Health and Safety excellence. The Order of Distinction Award is only open to those companies who have already achieved 15 consecutive RoSPA Gold Awards.

Last year marked the 20th consecutive year that ACCO Brands has received Gold Awards. In 2016 the company earned the Order of Distinction award in the annual program sponsored by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). 

Lee King, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, ACCO Brands – Europe, says:

"Supporting the well-being of employees is not only something we take seriously and practice within our organization, but we have also invested heavily to develop innovative, ergonomic products that help protect and improve the health and wellness of our customers and their staff."

Quality Standards

At Derwent we pride ourselves on making a high quality product. We operate a successful Quality Management System that complies with the internationally recognised standard, ISO 9001. The scope of certification covers the manufacture, sales and distribution of pencils, writing and marking instruments and ancillary art materials.

In addition, we run internal audits each year to monitor compliance and best practice. Our factory in Lillyhall, Cumbria consistently scores very highly in these audits.

ACCO Brands Corporate Governance

Our parent company, ACCO Brands Corporation, is committed to responsible corporate governance and observes high ethical standards in the conduct of its business. The company respects internationally accepted legal principles and strives to obey the laws of those countries in which it does business. The company conducts its business in an environmentally responsible manner, ensuring that our products, packaging and operations are safe for our employees, customers, and the environment.

ACCO Brands strives to meet or exceed all environmental standards in the countries in which it does business. The company employs a diverse workforce; compensates all employees fairly, consistent with local standards and practices; and nurtures an inclusive, collaborative work environment. We build constructive partnerships in communities in which our people live and work through significant, locally guided community giving programs, and by encouraging volunteer service and philanthropic acts by employees.

Read more on ACCO website.
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