Our aim is to handle the resources of our earth with care and foresight. This is why efficiency plays a major role in our philosophy for sustainable action, for example in the production or logistics of our products. We focus on measures that lie within our own area of responsibility and have an influence on our processes. Our focus is therefore on our manufacturing processes, the materials used, such as plastic and wood, as well as the procurement and transport of raw materials.
What is used for a long time is especially gentle on our environment and its resources. That’s why we develop our products for long-term use and continuously research new formulations and technologies that make our products even more durable and sustainable.
Made from Upcycled Wood
Thanks to our exceptional production technology, we do not need any wooden boards like in conventional production processes to produce pencils and coloured pencils Made from Upcycled Wood. We use wood chips from sawing and planing processes in the woodworking industry. The grinding and upcycling of these wood chips is characterised by processes. This means that even the smallest wood remains can be reused in high-quality pencils.
In order to make our products more durable we developed DRY SAFE technology. Nature served as a role model: Many plants protect their fruits and leaves from drying out with a layer of wax. We have applied this principle to our products. This allows the pens to remain open for days without losing quality.
Sustainable packaging “Made in Germany”:
We have already achieved this
We no longer really want to use PVC for our packaging. That’s why we have already completely switched to PET.
From 2025, we will only use full cardboard.
Our production sites in Germany and Asia are ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified. Our Peru site is scheduled for both ISO certifications from 2023. ISO 14001 is a globally accepted and recognized standard for environmental management systems. The second component of the integrated management system is ISO 9001 certification, our quality management system. The objective of the management systems is to increase the overall performance of the company and provide a good basis for sustainable corporate development.
By signing the STAEDTLER Social Charter in 2006, we are committed to international workers’ and human rights.
STAEDTLER opposes forced labour, child labour and discrimination and
stands for the payment of fair wages worldwide. We also advocate respect for the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining agreements. For the benefit of employees, we provide safe and healthy working conditions and promote professional development. Compliance with these internationally applicable principles is part of the tasks of all managing directors of the subsidiaries.
If you would like to report severe rule or legal violations, please contact our external whistleblowing system STAEDTLER Integrity Line. It offers employees, customers and business partners the opportunity to provide information about unlawful behavior anonymous and transparent. This information can be used to prevent damage to STAEDTLER and its employees. The system is provided by an external service provider to protect the anonymity of the whistleblower.
World Kids Colouring Day on 6 May
STAEDTLER initiated World Kids Colouring Day in 2008 and has since called on children all over the world to draw for a good cause every year.
For every picture they draw, we support children’s aid organisations with one euro – making the little artists big helpers who are committed to children in need.
Wood is essential for our pencils and coloured pencils.
That’s why protecting and securing this raw material in the long term is important to us.
Sustainable forestry on our own plantation in Ecuador
We set up our own plantation in Ecuador, allowing us to oversee production of the wooden boards used to make our pencils. For this purpose, we selected the tree species according to ecological and economic criteria, adhere to strict environmental standards in the cultivation conditions, take into account the existing flora and fauna and will continue to process the wood ourselves in the future.
STAEDTLER is committed to the principal of sustainable forest management. For its own timber plantations in Ecuador STAEDTLER adheres to the principles and criteria developed by the voluntary forest certification scheme of the FSC™ (Forest Stewardship Council™ FSC C007132) and respects both the national FSC standards for Ecuador as well as all national laws and regulations which relate to the Ecuadorian forestry sector. This commitment includes but is not restricted to the aspects of labor rights and the rights of local communities, the careful use of agrochemicals, the prevention of soil erosion and the protection of water resources and biodiversity in general.
The raw material wood
Wood is the very heart of all our pencils and is therefore essential for STAEDTLER. It is therefore a matter of course for us to ensure the sustainable production of this raw material, even outside our own plantation. We already only use wood from sustainable forestry for the production of all wood-cased pencils. We attach great importance to securing resources in the long term. In addition, we keep relevant ecological aspects in mind in our in-house production and supply chain analysis.
All the woods we use are PEFC or FSC™ certified.
Ideas and knowledge are central to our future.
That’s why we support even the smallest children in developing their strengths with age-appropriate products.
Early childhood education
With the age-appropriate product concept, we support children in the various phases of their rapid development. Writing, drawing, painting and crafting skills are the foundations for maintaining human cognitive and motor skills. This philosophy is the cornerstone of STAEDTLER, and consequently we give children at all development levels the right pen or pencil.
Our brochure about Sustainability with more information can be downloaded here: