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2016 Sustainability Report
published 2017/08/01

Maintaining Obereisenbach’s natural diversity

We are doing our best to ensure the conservation of biodiversity at our headquarters in Obereisenbach.

Concern for plants and animals

The VAUDE company headquarters in Obereisenbach are located on the southern outskirts of this village near Tettnang, a small town near Lake Constance in southern Germany. To the north of the grounds is a residential area while to the east, south and west of the facilities are meadows and wooded areas used for agriculture and forestry. 

The product development and management divisions, storage, bag production and maintenance facilities as well as the VAUDE Child Care Center are located on the grounds.

A living roof for the new VAUDE Manufaktur production building

After a fire in 2015, we built a new production facility for our Made in Germany products. Biodiversity also played an important role here: the new production facility has a flat roof, which will be planted in 2017. The extensive roof greening will cover about 1500 square meters. It provides insulation in winter and cools the building in summer, contributing to energy conservation. A green roof retains water and more than half of the annual rainfall evaporates into the atmosphere, relieving the facility’s drainage system and the local sewage treatment plant.

1,500 square meters of parking space unsealed and greenscaped

In 2014 and 2015, VAUDE remodeled a building that had been previously used for storage into office spaces, and completely modernized the remaining office building. The result is an ultra-modern, energy-efficient and environmentally-certified DGNB administration building. The maintenance of biodiversity was incorporated in the building permit process.

A highlight of the project in terms of environmentalism: as part of the reconstruction, about 1,500 square meters of parking was completely unsealed and replaced by species-rich, semi-natural grassland and flowering fields! More information on the changes here

The VAUDE property measures a total of 40,372 square meters. 49 % of this area is sealed or developed. 2,200 m2 of the paved outer surface consist of a special drain stone pavement for a parking lot which is also used for large events. This does not seal the surface completely, allowing rainwater to seep through, while also preventing the surface from heating up too much and allowing small organisms to live between the cracks.

The VAUDE outlet store and a certified organic VAUDE Café, which also serves employees as a cafeteria, are located on the western edge of Obereisenbach. This area measures 3,290 square meters, of which 94 % is paved.

Excerpt from: Biotope survey 2002

Schmelzer + Friedemann

Landscape Plan 2002

The blue and olive surfaces are hay meadows, the yellow dots indicate regional species, the shaded areas are marshes, and the red and green borders are nature conservation areas.

According to the 2002 biotope mapping of the Tannauer Valley, compensatory measures for construction sites are to be primarily carried out in the biodiversity "hot spots" specified therein. This also includes, in VAUDE’s case, the Obereisenbach pond, where a restoration project for hillside springs and hay meadows is used as a compensatory measure for our building operations.

Our Location

How we deal with biodiversity in Obereisenbach is up to us. In respect to our suppliers, we need to do more to raise awareness for this issue.

“Our” stream

In one of our projects we are renaturalizing a stream flowing through our premises. You can read more about it at "Projects".

Four threatened species

According to the biotope mapping of the Upper Tannauer Valley, in the area in which the VAUDE premises are located, four out of 13 threatened Category A species are found here - species that are threatened with extinction nationwide.

  • Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia)
  • Tufted Marbled Skipper (Carcharodus floccifera)
  • Scarce Large Blue (Maculinea teleius)
  • Geyer’s Whorl Snail (Vertigo geyeri)

These species require near-natural marshes as their habitat. These small areas can still be found today maintained as wetland meadows in the Tettnang-Obereisenbach region.

Species introduced by sea freight

The introduction of invasive species by ocean freight from our production countries poses a potential risk to biodiversity at the Tettnang-Obereisenbach location. As part of a project "Green Logistics", a campaign to raise awareness on this topic among business partners and logistics service suppliers is planned.

In the supply chain, our business activities also have an impact on biodiversity (also see "Pioneer in Biodiversity Checks"). For all business activities outside of the Tettnang-Obereisenbach site, there is no data available as yet.

GRI:   G4-EN11
Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas
GRI:   G4-EN12
Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas
GRI:   G4-EN14
total number of iunc red species an national conversation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations, by level of extinction risk
GRI:   G4-DMA Biodiversity
Disclosure on Management Approach Biodiversity
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