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Social responsibility

Sustainability is not just about the environment and climate; it also encompasses social aspects (the “S” in ESG). We are committed to this through specific projects both within the company and along the value chain.

Responsible employer

As a family-owned business in the ninth generation, we have always shown a high level of social commitment to our employees and society. From the mid-19th century, social institutions like kindergartens, schools and employee housing were established. 


In 2000, we adopted the “Faber-Castell Social Charter” with IG Metall, voluntarily committing to employment and working conditions recommended by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in our production and distribution sites. This globally valid agreement, one of the first of its kind, is regularly audited at our worldwide locations.

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was the year in which Lothar von Faber founded one of the first company health insurance funds in Germany, which still exists as “BKK Faber-Castell”.

Diversity and inclusion

We not only produce pencils and pens in a variety of colours and shapes but also advocate for a colourful and open society where everyone’s individual differences are recognised and respected.

Our diversity and inclusion projects

We encourage people to express their identity and aim to create an environment where diversity and inclusion are actively practiced:

Multifaceted initiatives

“#WirSindBunt” is an initiative at our headquarters in Stein, promoting diversity and combating discrimination within our company. In Brazil, we also launched a program in 2020 to foster diversity and inclusion through guidelines, committees, training and theme weeks.
Globally, we have integrated policies in talent management and succession planning to specifically promote female employees.

Pencil set “Children of the World”

With the “Children of the World” (“Caras & Cores”) pencil set, developed with make-up experts, children can accurately depict their skin colour, strengthening their self-image and identity. Proceeds from sales support the Red Pencil Humanitarian Mission, which aids children in crisis areas with art therapy. 
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Cooperation with EnChroma

EnChroma is a company that develops special glasses to enable people with colour vision deficiencies to see in colour. Faber-Castell supports this work through joint campaigns such as a Father's Day colouring competition.

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Promoting creativity and education

For us, fostering creativity and education go hand in hand. As a “companion for life,” Faber- Castell aims to nurture creativity in everyone from the young to the elderly, inspiring customers with innovative products for creative experiences.


Creativity is a key human differentiator, also increasingly important in the workplace. Handwriting and drawing support fine motor skills and cognitive abilities, which are crucial for learning and development.


Our high-quality products for painting, drawing and writing provide tools for creative expression and learning worldwide, empowering people to express their ideas for a more sustainable future. 


We believe that unleashed creativity can positively change the world.

Faber-Castell subsidiaries promote creativity and education through various projects, encouraging people to unleash their creative potential.

Our projects on creativity and education

Faber-Castell Academy

The Faber-Castell Academy, established in 1995 at our headquarters in Stein, is an independent educational institution focusing on individual personality and creativity development. Admission to studies is based on creative talent rather than academic qualifications.
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Tabaluga project by Eberhard Faber

The Peter Maffay Foundation aids traumatised children through art therapy programs. We support their work by donating a portion of the proceeds from our Eberhard Faber Tabaluga products. 

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Drawing and painting competitions

In projects in Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Indonesia and elsewhere, we support arts education in schools and encourage young people to let their creativity flow freely through painting and drawing competitions.

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Faber-Castell Institute in Brazil

At the “Faber-Castell Institute”, we support a variety of aid and educational schemes for children from challenging social backgrounds in Brazil. We have worked with local communities for many years to make these projects possible.

The initiatives are funded by our employees’ donations, and we match every voluntarily donated Real (R$) to amplify the fund.

Our foundation
Graf von Faber-Castell Children’s Fund Foundation

The well-being of children has always been paramount for Faber-Castell. For this reason, Anton Wolfgang Graf von Faber-Castell (8th generation) set up the Children’s Fund Foundation in 2001. It supports humanitarian children’s aid projects in kindergartens, schools, hospitals and orphanages – primarily in emerging and developing countries.