Founded in Germany in 1761, Faber-Castell is a family business currently in its 8th generation. It is the world’s oldest and largest pencil manufacturer, with over 2 billion wood-cased pencils made annually. Its product assortment features graphite pencils, crayons, felt pens, as well as other writing and drawing essentials suited for aspiring and professional artists alike. There is also a line of children’s art supplies which includes items like triangular-shaft coloured pencils that are easy for kids to hold and to sharpen.
Faber-Castell takes environmental and social responsibility very seriously. The company announced in 2015 that it had become carbon-neutral thanks to the 10,000 hectares of forest it planted in southeastern Brazil. In 2000, the company signed a Social Charter to abide by the working conditions recommended by the International Labor Organization (ILO). This charter now also applies to the company’s suppliers. In 2003, Faber-Castell joined the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.