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Ethical policies

At Usborne we take steps to ensure that every single Usborne book is produced responsibly, ethically and safely.

Usborne is part of The Book Chain Project that gives publishers the information they need to chart the full story of how their books are produced. The Book Chain Project has three tools to help publishers better understand their book supply chains, from the origins of tree fibres in the papers (PREPS), the level of safety of chemicals in the inks, glues and varnishes (PIPS), to the working conditions of the factories where the books are made (PRELIMS).

Social responsibility

PRELIMS is a collaboration of publishers who have come together to assess labour and environmental standards in the facilities that produce our products. At Usborne, we achieve this by making sure our suppliers adopt and implement the Usborne Supplier Code of Conduct: a set of sustainability tools and agreed processes based on the International Labor Organization (ILO), The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).

All our printers have been Sedex, ICTI or SMETA accredited.

Download the Usborne Supplier Code of Conduct (pdf).

Download our Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement.

Paper sourcing

PREPS is the Publishers’ Database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing and Usborne is one of the founding members. Together with other leading UK publishers, Usborne has established a database of paper graded from 1 – 5 stars. This considers whether material has been legally harvested (or recycled) and how the forest sources have been managed. Members of PREPS share this information to support informed and ethical buying decisions when sourcing paper.


All Usborne books and products are manufactured using paper and boards from sustainable sources, and we are in the process of moving to only using FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified materials. The aim is to complete this by the end of 2020.

Fox peeps around tree: from Usborne Peep Inside Animal Homes

Safety policy

Usborne products conform to British and European toy safety legislation – read more in the Safety policy.

Charitable giving

Find out about the charities Usborne supports on the Charitable giving page.