Our declared goal is to ensure product and consumer safety for all product groups. A solid understanding of the use and mode of action of chemicals as well as regulated procedures and responsibilities help us achieve this goal.
All procedures and measures concerning the management of harmful substances are regulated in our “Harmful Substances Management” manual. These include:
Material and supplier selection is one of the most important components of our management of harmful substances.
We use a multi-stage concept in material selection:
This multi-stage concept supports our claim that VAUDE products are made with environmentally-friendly production and minimal use of harmful substances in accordance with the Best Available Technologies (BAT).
bluesign® technologies has developed an approach that tackles the problem at its roots. Instead of considering and analyzing only the end product, bluesign® deals with the production process of each individual component of a product.
The VAUDE Restricted Substances List (RSL) is the basis of the business relationship for all materials used. This RSL regulates the use of critical substances in our supply chain. It is based on the bluesign® technologies’ “System Substances List" (BSSL).
For the limits and the banning of individual substances listed in the RSL, VAUDE goes far beyond the legal requirements (REACH) and the requirements of other textile standards.
82 percent of our producers have signed our RSL. In addition, 83 percent * of the material manufacturers for our apparel segment have signed our RSL. We are still in discussions with those producers and material suppliers who have not yet signed the RSL.