Committed to Nature
Using natural resources in a sensible way is only part of our commitment to a better quality of life. In the spirit of "integrated product policy" (IPP), the entire life cycle of our products is subjected to a critical analysis in order to reduce the overall energy requirement to a minimum and protect the environment in the long term. That includes the choice of all raw materials and production processes, packaging, transport, and everyday use, right through to disposal at the end of a product’s life. For example, Faber-Castell is the only company to use environment-friendly water-based paint for all its wood-cased pencils manufactured in Europe.
Our commitment to the environment is not restricted to production. In Brazil, for example, Faber-Castell has made an active contribution with the Arboris, Animalis, and ECOmmunity projects. The goal is to preserve the natural flora and fauna in the region around Prata, and to create an awareness among employees and the general populace so that they are motivated to take care of the natural environment.
Our Past is our Future
Respecting the importance of employees is traditional at Faber-Castell. Over 150 years ago, the company set standards among European manufacturers. In the mid-19th century Lothar von Faber had built apartments and schools for his workers, introduced a savings scheme and was cofounder of a life insurance company.
In 1851 he founded one of the first children's crèches in Germany.
People are our most valuable Resource
Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell, chairman of the board of Faber-Castell, opened a new chapter in the company’s long history of social responsibility when he signed the social charter. This is one of the first voluntary agreements of its kind, in scope and international applicability. It guarantees that all Faber-Castell factories will adhere to the conditions of employment called for by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
An internal commission carries out regular monitoring audits to see that the conditions are adhered to. Every two years, a committee made up of representatives of international trade unions verifies that the conditions are put into practice world-wide.