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2016 Sustainability Report
published 2017/08/01

VAUDE says NO to forced labor

VAUDE's position on the issue of forced labor is a clear No. We have already achieved much with our commitment to the issue. You can rely on the fact that the production of your VAUDE product did not any form of force with regard to workers.

All of our producers commit themselves to a "Saying "No" to forced labor in their production sites. The obligation is as follows:

“Forced labor and bonded labor must be forbidden. Employers may not retain original documents, wages or bonuses of the workers. In addition, the workers must be guaranteed the right to terminate the employment relationship in compliance with the statutory period of notice. Overtime shall be voluntary.“

Monitoring by independent auditors

An obligation in and of itself is not enough, of course. Therefore, all our producers are regularly monitored by independent auditors such as those from Fair Wear Foundation. This process involved carefully examining whether there were any cases of forced labor. This is verified through interviews inside and outside the production site.

  • How are workers recruited?
  • Is overtime voluntary?
  • Are workers required to pay a depositor give their identity papers in order to commence employment?
  • Are wages paid on time? Are there cases of outstanding wage payments?
  • Are employees allowed to move around freely (drink breaks, use of toilets, leave factory premises)?

Results of the Fair Wear Foundation Audits

FWF Audits show that working conditions are good at our producers. There were, however, some findings regarding forced labour at one production facility in Vietnam. Our CSR Team in Asia, which works closely with our producers, addressed the findings with the producer and the problem was resolved. At the last follow-up visit, the issue had been fully remedied.

GRI:   G4-HR6
operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor, and measures to contribute to the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour
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