Securing resources

Faber-Castell’s annual wood demand is about 150.000 t. One of the most important strategic objectives is to secure this resource in an environmentally friendly manner. The reforestation projects in Brazil and Colombia are a significant contribution to the long-term securing of the resource wood for Faber-Castell.

Positive balance sheet

Faber-Castell has long exhibited a positive balance sheet in that respect. In the early 1980s, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-cased pencils took steps to assure a supply of environmentally compatible timber and initiated the reforestation of 10,000 hectares of pine forest in the state of Minas Gerais in the south-east of Brazil. The company-owned woodland and associated sawmill created some 500 jobs in a region that had previously also been largely given over to cattle grazing. The forests have been granted the FM (forest management) seal of quality by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC); they absorb many times the amount of carbon dioxide that the company generates in all its 14 production sites world-wide. At the same time, the woods are home to numerous plant and animal species, some of them threatened with extinction.