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2015 Sustainability Report
published 2016/07/13

GRI-G4-Index for the VAUDE Sustainability Report

This report about our economic, ecological and social performance is based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines and meets the requirements of the G4 Core Option.

Data for the external verification

We want to objectively and transparently present the success of our sustainability strategythe examination of our data by independent third parties is therefore very important to us.


The environmental data from our location in Tettnang-Obereisenbach is verified by the EMAS Institute and ISO 14001, More about it in the EMAS Index. myclimate calculates the emissions that we produce. This information can be found in the GRI-Index.


The information on social conditions in our production facilities was collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits. More about in the FWF-Index.


Our financial statements are audited by the statutory requirements of the independent auditing company GmbH Schnetz, Buchmann, Michele Ravensburg.


KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft provided limited assurance on selected sustainability information for the first two report years, 2013 and 2014. For the 2015 report, we used the same guidelines and criteria, but did not carry out an external verification.

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General Standard Disclosures

General Standard Disclosures

Links and Content

External Assurance

Strategy und Analysis

G4-1

Our award-winning sustainability strategy
Our Goals in Detail
VAUDE Ecosystem


Organizational Profile

G4-3

VAUDE – 100 percent family-owned business


G4-4

VAUDE – 100 percent family-owned business


G4-5

VAUDE – 100 percent family-owned business


G4-6

VAUDE – 100 percent family-owned business


G4-7

VAUDE – 100 percent family-owned business


G4-8

VAUDE – strong in Europe


G4-9

Sustainable Business is worthwhile
VAUDE – 100 percent family-owned business

Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft GmbH Schnetz, Buchmann, Michele
Ravensburg

G4-10

Our Employees
At VAUDE, the majority of our employees have indefinite contracts


G4-11

There are no collective agreements for VAUDE workers.


G4-12

Complex Supply Chain


G4-13

Sustainable Busines is worthwhile

In 2014 syndicated financing agreements for the next 5-10 years were set which are sustainably structured to provide longterm stability.

Complex Supply Chain


G4-14

Respect for people and nature


G4-15

Stronger together


G4-16

Stronger together


Identified Material Aspects and Boundaries*

G4-17

Material Aspects on "Sustainability from Conviction"


G4-18

Material Aspects on "Sustainability from Conviction"


G4-19

indicated in the index


G4-20

indicated in the index


G4-21

indicated in the index


G4-22

Satisfied Employees are Committed and Motivated 
Our goals in detail 
Energy - preferably renewable 


G4-23

No changes in the level or within the limits compared to the 2014 report.


Stakeholder Engagement

G4-24

These are our Stakeholders


G4-25

Dialog on Further Development and Involvement in the VAUDE Community


G4-26

Dialog is Important for Further Development

These are our Stakeholders


G4-27

Active Dialog on Important Issues


Report Profile

G4-28

About this report


G4-29

About this report


G4-30

About this report


G4-31

About this report


G4-32

About this report


G4-33

About this report


Governance

G4-34

Antje von Dewitz at the top
CSR-Team as a Driver of Sustainability


Ethics and Integrity

G4-56

Corporate philosophy



*Boundaries: "VAUDE" refers to our company, VAUDE Sport GmbH und Co.KG, including internal stakeholder groups such as employees, board of partners or subsidiaries. Outside VAUDE describes effects, which impact on our stakeholder groups, principally throughout our supply chain, but also on the local communities where our headquarters or our customers are based.


Specific Standard Disclosures

Specific Standard Disclosures

Links and Content

Omissions

Boundaries*

External Assurance

Category Economic

Material Aspect: Economic Performance

G4-DMA

Sustainable Business is worthwhile

For competitive reasons, we have chosen not to publish any figures on economic performance.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-EC1

Sustainable Business is worthwhile

For competitive reasons, we have chosen not to publish any figures on economic performance.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft GmbH Schnetz, Buchmann, Michele
Ravensburg

Material Aspect: Market Presence

G4-DMA

Fair Wear Foundation
Human rights in focus


outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

G4-EC5

A Livable Wage

Information about the standard starting salary for each department of our producers is not available. Therefore we use the wages developed by the FWF "Wage Ladder" to represent wages.
In the FWF Wage Ladders, 3 wage distinctions are made in each production division (management and staff are not reported): the lowest wage paid in the department, the highest wage paid, and most common wage paid. For our analysis we use the most common wage paid. Taking into account the number of workers per department, we then calculate the "average" per producer. This is then set in relation to the National Minimum Wage and the Asia Floor Wage as a percentage and then an average is caluculated per country as well.

outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

Material Aspect: Indirect Economic Impacts

G4-DMA

Creating Added Value Through Commitment


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-EC7

Creating Added Value Through Commitment


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


Material Aspect: Procurement Practices

G4-DMA

Fair Wear Foundation
Human rights in focus


outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

G4-EC9

Production in High Risk Countries


outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

Category: Environmental

Material Aspect: Materials

G4-DMA

VAUDE Green Shape
bluesign®: the strictest standard worldwide

VAUDE Material Policy

As little packaging as possible
Environmentally-friendly Use of Materials


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN1

Making apparel from trees
The challenges of PVC-free
Organic Cotton – Better for People and the Environment
Environmentally-friendly Use of Materials
bluesign® Materials are First Choice
Higg Index
Wool Only From "Happy Sheep"
Heat storage as light as a feather – one of nature’s marvels
Strategy against excessive chemicals

We have no analysis options for total weight or volume of materials that are used to make the products manufactured outside of our Tettnang-Obereisenbach location.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN2

New Clothing Made From Abandoned Fishing Nets
Higg Index

Environmentally Friendly Use of Materials


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

Material Aspect: Energy

G4-DMA

Saving energy as a top priority


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN3

Starting the Energy Revolution Ourselves: 100% Green Electricity Since 2009
93% Renewable Energy for Thermal Energy
Fuel Still from Fossil Sources


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN4

Mobility Lottery Incentive
Over 50,000 km of Bike Commutingt

For a Clean World: Climate Neutral Business Operations
Product use and care
One third of all emissions come from business travel

Upstream Energy Consumption


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN5

included in G4-EN3 and G4-EN4

Since 2011, we have created a complete Climate Balance, which serves as a basis for action on reducing emissions and calculating our climate compensation.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN6

included in G4-EN3 and G4-EN4

Since 2011, we have created a complete Climate Balance, which serves as a basis for action on reducing emissions and calculating our climate compensation.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

Material Aspect: Water

G4-DMA

Water – source of life
Water Consumption in the Supply Chain
Environmentally Friendly Dye Saves Water and Energy


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN8

Water – source of life

We do not have any data from our supply chain.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN9

Water – source of life

We do not have any data from our supply chain.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN10

Water – source of life

We do not have any data from our supply chain.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

Material Aspect: Biodiversity

G4-DMA

Why biodiversity is important to us
Pioneer in Biodiversity Checks
Maintaining diversity of Obereisenbach´s nature


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN11

Maintaining diversity of Obereisenbach´s nature

We do not have any data from our supply chain.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN12

Maintaining diversity of Obereisenbach´s nature

We do not have any data from our supply chain.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN13

Supporting nature conservation projects

We do not have any data from our supply chain.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN14

Maintaining diversity of Obereisenbach´s nature

We do not have any data from our supply chain.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

Material Aspect: Emissions

G4-DMA

For a Clean World: Climate Neutral Business Operations


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit and the myclimate calculations.

G4-EN15

Greenhouse gas emissions in detail

We do not have any data from our supply chain.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit and the myclimate calculations.

G4-EN16

Greenhouse gas emissions in detail

No Scope 2 emissions were caused.

We do not have any data from our supply chain.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit and the myclimate calculations.

G4-EN17

Greenhouse gas emissions in detail

We do not have any data from our supply chain.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit and the myclimate calculations.

G4-EN18

For a Clean World: Climate Neutral Business Operations

We do not have any data from our supply chain.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit and the myclimate calculations.

G4-EN19

For a Clean World: Climate Neutral Business Operations

We do not have any data from our supply chain.

VAUDE + außerhalb VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit and the myclimate calculations.

Material Aspect: Waste and Wastewater

G4-DMA

Waste and wastewater


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN22

Waste and wastewater

We do not have any data from our supply chain.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN23

Goal: Reducing Waste

We do not have any data from our supply chain.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN24

Waste and wastewater

We do not have any data from our supply chain.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN25

No hazardous waste is created.

We do not have any data from our supply chain.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

Material Aspect: Products and Services

G4-DMA

Environmentally Friendly Guaranteed
Responsibility for the Product End of Life
Sustainable Design
Respect for people and nature


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN27

Higg Index

Highly Functional, Yet Ecologically Compatible


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN28

Responsibility for the Product End of Life

We do not take back any products and packaging materials, so we can not comment on the number of units redeemed and packaging material.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

Material Aspect: Legal Compliance Environment

G4-DMA

Legal compliance as a top priority


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN29

Legal compliance as a top priority

In 2015 VAUDE paid no fines or other nonmonetary penalties for violations against environment regulations.


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

Material Aspect: Transport

G4-DMA

Half Way Around the World – Yet Still Eco-friendly


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN30

Half Way Around the World – Yet Still Eco-Friendly


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

Material Aspect: Overall Sustainability Expenses

G4-DMA

VAUDE Invests in Environmental Friendliness


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN31

VAUDE Invests in Environmental Friendliness


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

Material Aspect: Supplier Environmental Assessment

G4-DMA

Suppliers as Partners - Complex Supply Chain


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN32

Suppliers as Partners - Complex Supply Chain


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN33

Suppliers as Partners - Complex Supply Chain


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

Material Aspect:Environmental Grievance Mechanisms

G4-DMA

Suppliers as Partners - Complex Supply Chain


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

G4-EN34

Suppliers as Partners - Complex Supply Chain


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

Category: Social

Subcategory:

Material Aspect: Employment

G4-DMA

Satisfied Employees are Motivated
A Good Balance Between Professional and Private Life
A Culture of Trust


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-LA1

Satisfied Employees are Motivated

We do not report the total number and rate of new hires, we do not report.
There is no breakdowns according to gender and age groups.
[As we only take our OEB location into consideration, we do not differentiate by region.]

VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-LA3

A Good Balance Between Professional and Private Life

We do not report on the total number of employees entitled to parental leave by gender. We can not calculate the retention rate.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-LA1 (Supply chain)

FWF Audits

We have no data on new employees at our producers and the turnover rate.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

Material Aspect: Labor - Management Relations

G4-DMA

A Good Balance Between Professional and Private Life
A Culture of Trust

Satisfied Employees are Motivated


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-LA4

A Culture of Trust


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


Material Aspect: Occupational Health and Safety

G4-DMA

Health Promotion as a Matter of Course




G4-LA5 (Supply Chain)

Occupational Health and Safety in the Supply Chain

We have no figures for the percentage of the total workforce that are in employer-employee committees and at what level in the organization any formal employer-employee committee for Occupational Health and Safety protection is typically active. We report instead on the findings from the FWF audits on the topic.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

G4-LA6

Health Promotion as a Matter of Course

Occupational Health and Safety in the Supply Chain

As we only take our OEB location into consideration, we do not differentiate by region.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE


Material Aspect: Training and Education

G4-DMA

Training and professional development for all employees


VAUDE


G4-LA9

Training and professional development for all employees

There are no figures on external courses that are not organized and budgeted through our continuing education program VAUDE Academy. Do date, only the training (primarily internal) organized and budgeted through our continuing education program VAUDE Academy is summarized.

VAUDE


Material Aspect: Diversity and Equal Opportunity

G4-DMA

Diversity in a world that’s worth living in


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-DMA (Supply chain)

FWF Audits
Human Rights in Focus


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

G4-LA12

Diversity in a world that’s worth living in

Minorities and other diversity factors are not recorded separately at VAUDE. Ages were not recorded separately, therefore only senior executives are represented.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-LA12 (Supply Chain)

Equal Treatment and Equal Opportunity in the Supply Chain

A differentiated statement on "supervisory bodies" is not possible; in the FWF audit reports only distinguish between "Management & Staff" and "Production Workers". In addition, there is data only for the diversity category gender and not for the category "age" and "minorities".

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

Material Aspect: Equal pay for women and men

G4-DMA

Diversity in a World that’s Worth Living In


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-DMA (Supply chain)

FWF Audits
Human Rights in Focus


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

G4-LA13

Diversity in a World that’s Worth Living In

Due to the fact that our Category 12 includes only one woman (CEO / Company Owner), no meaningful number results from the ratio and we do not report on this comparison.

We can not report on Category 11 this year because no evaluation is possible due to a change.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

Limited assurance

G4-LA13 (Supply chain)

Equal Treatment and Equal Opportunity in the Supply Chain

We have no information on the wage ratio of women/men. If the FWF should notice something in the payrolls, this would be brought up under "Analysis of Wage Ladder": "Are there any conclusions to be drawn on differences between male and female dominated departments?" "Are there any conclusions to be drawn on differences between the lowest and highest paid wage in a department, or on differences between different departments?" This information will be evaluated and a summary statement will be made.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

Material Aspect: Supplier Assessment for Labor Practices

G4-DMA

FWF Audits

Human Rights in Focus


outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

G4-LA14

Human Rights in Focus
Strict Controls in High Risk Countries

We do not check the new producers, but the number producers who were audited in the reporting year (first audit) + their share of the total FOB volume in the reporting year. We rely on long-term cooperation with our producers, in addition, pre-audits before the contract starts is not possible. However, there is a checklist for assessing producers on the first visit.

outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

G4-LA15

Strict controls in high-risk countries


outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

Material Aspect: Labor Practices Grievance Mechanisms

G4-DMA

Human Rights in Focus
FWF Audits


outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

G4-LA16

Independent Complaints Procedure


outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

Subcategory: Human Rights

Material Aspect: Non-discrimination

G4-DMA

Diversity in a World that’s Worth Living In


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-DMA (Supply chain)

Human Rights in Focus
FWF Audits


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

G4-HR3

Diversity in a World that’s Worth Living In


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-HR3 (Supply Chain)

Equal Treatment und Equal Opportunity in the Supply Chain


VAUDE + outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

Material Aspect: Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining

G4-DMA

Human Rights in Focus
FWF Audits


outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

G4-HR4

Freedom of Association – a Learning Process for Employees and Management


outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

Material Aspect: Child Labor

G4-DMA

Human Rights in Focus
FWF Audits


outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

G4-HR5

Saying no to child labor


outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

Material Aspect: Forced or Compulsory Labor

G4-DMA

Human Rights in Focus
Fair Wear Foundation


outside VAUDE

The stated figures are obtained by the Fair Wear Foundation during audits.

G4-HR6

Saying No to Forced Labor


outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

Material Aspect: Supplier Human Rights Assessment

G4-DMA

Human Rights in Focus
FWF Audits


outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

G4-HR10

Human Rights in Focus

We do not check the new producers, but the number producers who were audited in the reporting year (first audit) + their share of the total FOB volume in the reporting year. We rely on long-term cooperation with our producers, in addition, pre-audits before the contract starts is not possible. However, there is a checklist for assessing producers on the first visit.

outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

G4-HR11

Human Rights in Focus

Production in High Risk Countries


outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

Material Aspect: Human Rights Grievance Mechanisms

G4-DMA

FWF Audits
Production in High Risk Countries


outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

G4-HR12

Independent Complaints Procedure


outside VAUDE

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

Subcategory: Society

Material Aspect: Public Policy

G4-DMA

Involvement on a political level
Three core positions of our political work 


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-SO6

VAUDE does not support any political party with donations.


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


Material Aspect: Compliance (Society)

G4-DMA

Legal compliance as a top priority


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-SO8

Legal compliance as a top priority

In 2015 VAUDE paid no fines or other nonmonetary penalties for violations against environment regulations.


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


Subcategory: Product Responsibility

Material Aspect: Customer Health and Safety

G4-DMA

Definitive environmental friendliness

Few opportunities for harmful substances


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-PR1

Definitive environmental friendliness


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-PR2

Extensive random sampling for greater product safety


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


Material Aspect: Product and Service Labeling

G4-DMA

Transparent information for customers who want to make responsible choices

Customers Satisfaction as Top Priority


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-PR3

Transparent information for customers who want to make responsible choices


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-PR4

Transparent information for customers who want to make responsible choices


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-PR5

Customers Satisfaction as Top Priority

We do not have surveys on end customer satisfaction.

VAUDE + outside VAUDE


Material Aspect: Marketing

G4-DMA

Sustainable Communication
Awareness with Sustainable Communication
Transparency Across all Channels


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-PR6

Wool Only From "Happy Sheep"

Heat storage as light as a feather – one of nature’s marvels

Strategy against excessive chemicals

The challenges of PVC-free


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


G4-PR7

Responsible communication and action


VAUDE + outside VAUDE


Material Aspect: Compliance (Product)

G4-DMA

Legal compliance as a top priority


outside VAUDE


G4-PR9

Legal compliance as a top priority

In 2015 VAUDE paid no fines or other nonmonetary penalties for violations against environment regulations.


outside VAUDE