Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell became head of the company in 1978 and the same year began producing wood-cased pencils for the cosmetic industry. He has been focusing strongly on international expansion, sustainable development and social responsibility.
In the two decades that followed, several new offices and factories were founded abroad, including what is now the world’s largest eraser factory, in Malaysia in 1980.
Environmental aspects have taken an increasingly prominent place in the corporate way of thinking, with a unique forestry project in Brazil (producing the slats for many millions of wood-cased pencils), the development of environment-friendly water-based paint technology, and a new production plant in Costa Rica for slats and pencils made of certified ecological timber.
In 1993 Faber-Castell undertook a logical restructuring of its corporate and brand image, dividing the assortment of products into five fields of competence. In March 2000, Faber-Castell and the IG-Metall trade union jointly signed a “social charter” with international validity, in accordance with the guidelines of the International Labour Organization (ILO). In July 2003 Faber-Castell joined the United Nations’ “Global Compact”, which strives for common business values throughout the world.