»Our experience shows that suppliers are very willing to implement environmental technologies when they become aware of the dangers inherent in their older methods for people and the environment. Instead of simply testing finished products for hazardous substances, we are going down this truly sustainable path together with our suppliers. «
Backgrounds and details here
VAUDE differentiates in its supply chain between producers (manufacturers of ready-made clothing, Level 1) and material suppliers (Level 2). We only have a direct (contractual) business relationship with our producers. However, to a large extent, we also determine the selection of material suppliers – see "Our supply chain".
These materials are then assembled into finished VAUDE products (sewn, HF welded, etc.) at the production sites, which, of course, consumes energy, water and chemical additives, and results in waste, wastewater and emissions.
The most serious environmental impacts, however, occur at the upstream stages of production: the manufacturing of textile materials and even further upstream to the cultivation of plant fibers or the mining of raw materials such as oil, from which synthetic fibers are obtained.
These production steps are very resource intensive. The consumption of water, energy, materials and chemicals, as well as emissions such as wastewater and exhaust have a major impact on the environment and local populations.
Despite our current high standards, there is still much room for improvement in environmental and resource protection, in compliance with international environmental standards and the implementation of a systematic environmental management.
As a founding member of the federal government’s "Alliance for Sustainable Textiles" VAUDE is setting a good example and heading in the right direction: In collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) VAUDE launched the project "Environmental Stewardship in the Textile Supply Chain" in 2015. Within the framework of the Deutsche Entwicklungsgesellschaft DEG, which promotes the “develoPPP.de" program, VAUDE supports material suppliers in introducing sustainable systematic environmental protection and in continuing to improve the measures they already have in place.
We want the companies to recognize what advantages they have from clean production: healthier employees, higher product quality, better life conditions in the region, and last but not least, a reference as a qualified producer for international competition, which can be used for winning new customers.
Best Practice examples of participants and discussions with experts help to establish practical relevance for the facility and allay reservations for the participants.
The project is very ambitious and scheduled for two years. After the end of the project term in the August 2017, we want to extend the project to the entire supply chain. We are trying to win other outdoor brands for this approach, to achieve a greater number of suppliers and thus together for even greater environmental protection in our supply chain.
All VAUDE producers are contractually obligated to comply with ecological minimum standards. This includes, among other things, the Manufacturing Restricted Substance List - MRSL.
The VAUDE Material Policy allows us to preselect materials and technologies and influence the selection of our material suppliers. Because of the system partnerships that many of our material suppliers have with the bluesign® system and the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), we have a deep understanding of the situations, weaknesses and potential for development of most of our producers and material suppliers.
Selection and evaluation of VAUDE producers subject to a disciplined process that follows strict criteria (see also "Complex Supply Chain")
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