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2016 Sustainability Report
published 2017/08/01

Equal treatment and equal opportunity in the supply chain

Do you think that equal treatment and equal opportunity are important? We do too! Because many women work for us, we pay particular attention to ensuring that they have the same opportunities as their male counterparts. At VAUDE, these principles apply not only at the headquarters in Obereisenbach, but also at all of our production sites.

All of our producers are obligated to ensure equal treatment for their employees. What the obligation entails:

"All aspects relating to the employment relationship must be based on the principle of equal treatment and equal opportunity. This applies to the recruitment of new employees and the wage policy as well as training opportunities, opportunities for advancement, dismissal or retirement. VAUDE attaches great importance to ensuring that no one is discriminated against because of his national, ethnic or social origin, color of skin, gender, religious or political beliefs, membership in a labor organization or union, or with disabilities."

Review by independent auditors

An obligation in and of itself is not enough, of course. Therefore, all of our producers are regularly and independently audited by organizations such as the Fair Wear Foundation. Auditors check carefully whether there are cases of discrimination. This is verified through interviews inside and outside the production site and by reviewing documents.

  • How are workers recruited?
  • What does the wage policy look like?
  • Are men and women paid equally for the same work?
  • Are men prefered for some positions even though women could do the same job, or vice versa?
  • Are there any employees who are discriminated against in any manner or given advantages?

Result of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) audit

The FWF audits show that our producers fundamentally treat their employees equally. Women and men receive equal wages for equal work. In the 2016 Audits, there were two other findings with regards to equal treatment and equal opportunity. We have teamed up with our producers and worked out remedies. Our CSR team is regularly reviewing progress made on implementing these measures. Both findings have now been fully resolved.

Gender distribution in our production companies

Have you ever wondered about gender distribution at our production sites? Auditors collect information on gender distribution at each site. You can see the distribution by country here:

Gender distribution in Vietnam

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Gender distribution in China

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Gender distribution in Cambodia

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Gender distribution in Myanmar

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GRI:   G4-LA12
Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per employee category according to gender, age group, minority group membership, and other indicators of diversity
GRI:   G4-LA13
Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men by employee category, by significant locations of operation
GRI:   G4-HR3
Total number of incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken
GRI:   G4-DMA Equal Remuneration for Women and Men
Disclosure on Management Approach Equal Remuneration for Women and Men
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