The average distance between our employee's homes and the VAUDE headquarters was approx. 13 km in 2015. That adds up to over 1.6 million commuting kilometers!
VAUDE reports on all climate-damaging emissions in the annual climate balance. We offset all commuting emissions with climate protection projects. More here.
A quarter of the total energy consumption in Germany is attributable to the transport sector. 22% of this comes from daily commuting. In the VAUDE climate balance, 15% of all emissions are due to employee commuting.
Instead of investing in more parking, VAUDE is relying on infrastructure and incentives for increasing the number of employees who bike commute (for the eco benefits and for the health benefits), come by bus or carpool to work. We eliminated another 65 parking spaces during the office remodeling in recent years. In their place, we designed a green campus with climbing wall and the most modern meeting rooms.
The VAUDE mobility concept consists of six components with which we want to motivate our employees to be as eco-friendly mobile as possible.
The VAUDE bike program not only includes a repair shop with an inner tube vending machine, covered and lit bike parking, riding technique and repair courses and showers, but also eight rental eBikes that are available to all employees. Employee's can "refuel" their own private eBikes free of charge while at work.
Since 2015, all VAUDE employees can take advantage of the "JobRad " (JobBike). The tax principle for company cars (so-called 1 %-rule) also goes for bicycles and eBikes. And it applies to all employees, regardless of their access to a company car. VAUDE collaborates with two providers: JobRad and DerbyCycle .
A total of 25 VAUDE employees have used the program to acquire new, high-quality bikes for their commute.
Leading by example
CEO Antje von Dewitz lead by example.
In our hilly surroundings that are challenging even for ambitious cyclists, the biggest potential for energy and emissions savings comes from carpooling. VAUDE therefore cooperates with flinc, a social mobility network. VAUDE has its own group for employees so that can quickly and easily offer rides or find rides, free of charge.
By the initiative of employees, two larger carpools to work have formed; a VAUDE vehicle has been made available for each. Employees save not only money and free up parking spaces, they also cut down on emissions. The Mobility Lotto also offers incentives for the program – see Incentive Mobility Lotto.
The village of Obereisenbach near Tettnang, where the VAUDE company headquarters are located, has long been difficult to reach by public transport. Aside from a school bus that went to the local elementary school, there was no public transportation available. VAUDE wasn’t willing to accept these conditions and therefore initiated a project – see Creating Added Value with Commitment.
With success: On October 1, 2013 the Regional Transport Association Bodensee-Oberschwaben (bodo), with the support of the Landkreises Bodenseekreis and a local bus company, established a commuter line that connects Obereisenbach to the nearest train station in Meckenbeuren as well as to Tettnang’s urban transport grid.
People living in the nearest major cities of Friedrichshafen and Ravensburg where many of our employees live are well-connected with Meckenbeuren by train.
With the “Bähnle”, the new bus line, Tettnang-Obereisenbach is now well-connected with the public transport system.
"Improving access to the city of Tettnang by public transport and to train connections at the Meckenbeuren train station is part of the Local Transport Plan adopted in mid-2011 by the Bodenseekreis (Lake Constance District). Because of the VAUDE initiative, their company headquarters could be included in the new design. Within our county, we want to ensure commuters access to environmentally friendly mobility." states Rupert Mayer, Area Director of School and Public Transport, Bodenseekreis County
Our goal was to reduce emissions from commuting by 10% compared to 2011 by the year 2015. How did we do? You can find the answer here .