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2016 Sustainability Report
published 2017/08/01

Higg Index

Higg what? Here comes the first international, uniform instrument for measuring the sustainability of textiles!

Measuring sustainability?

How do you measure the sustainability of a supplier or a product? Good question. You have to take a lot of very complex environmental and social issues into consideration along the entire life cycle of the product.

In our globalized world, the division of labor in the value chains makes work processes efficient, but often also opaque.

Joint program of the textile industry

Aware of the fact that there is a need and that we're all in the same boat, several companies in the textile industry and many organizations from civil society, academia and research have joined together to develop the Higg Index under the auspices of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The Higg Index is a modular, web-based methodology for measuring the sustainability of sporting, outdoor and fashion apparel and shoes. Currently, it is a purely voluntary instrument that’s being tested within the industry.

VAUDE is focusing strategically on the Higg Index

VAUDE is actively involved in the development of this index. We are currently testing modules relating to the ecological and social sustainability of the brand and our supply chain.

Many of our suppliers are working with us in the Higg Index database. This is making it possible for us to see where we stand in comparisons within the industry, where action is needed and what kind of successful improvement there has been.

For us, the strategic importance of the Higg Index is that it broadly covers the international textile branch and can actually become a uniform rating scale for the whole industry.

With this information, customers could recognize how sustainable each outdoor product is compared to others and make well informed purchasing decisions.

Product Footprinting is becoming really exciting

Thus far, VAUDE has had excellent ratings in comparisons on the Higg Index. Soon it will become even more interesting when, for the first time, the module will be used to measure the sustainability of individual products. We're looking forward to it.

»The Higg Index as an industry-wide solution is an important step in the quest of making resource consumption in the supply chain transparent and to achieve conservation.«

Hilke Patzwall, VAUDE CSR Manager
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GRI:   G4-EN1
Materials used by weight or volume
GRI:   G4-EN2
Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials
GRI:   G4-EN5
Report the energy intensity ratio.
GRI:   G4-EN6
Report the amount of reductions in energy consumption achieved as a direct result of conservation an efficiency initiatives, in joules or multiples.
GRI:   G4-EN8
Report the total volume of water:
GRI:   G4-EN9
Report the total number of water sources significantly affected by withdrawal.
GRI:   G4-EN10
Report the total volume of water recycled an reused by the organisation.
GRI:   G4-EN17
Other indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (scope 3)
GRI:   G4-EN18
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity
GRI:   G4-EN19
Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
GRI:   G4-EN22
Total water discharge by quality an destination
GRI:   G4-EN23
Total weight of waste by type an disposal method
GRI:   G4-EN27
Extent of impact mitigration of environmental impacts of products and services
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