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2016 Sustainability Report
published 2017/08/01

Health promotion you can count on

An organic canteen, a 10-meter climbing wall, a holistic workplace health management program – the health of our employees is a central concern at VAUDE. Good health is the foundation for a fulfilling life. We are doing a great deal to help our employees maintain a healthy lifestyle.

A brief overview of the most important aspects:

  • We have an occupational health management program with over 150 events a year.
  • Our canteen offers freshly cooked organic fare.
  • We have our own climbing wall.
  • Our occupational health management space is available to all employees.
  • We have had ergonomic work spaces since 2015.

Healthy employees

Only employees who are healthy and feel well can perform at their best. As an outdoor brand, VAUDE wants to provide a good balance for deskwork for all of its employees.

Our health management program focuses on prevention and our employees’ active involvement in their own health.

Many provisions for the promotion of health

At VAUDE, we aim to pursue a holistic health management approach including healthy food, prevention, exercise and sports, as well as office furnishings based on ergonomic principles.

Occupational health management program at VAUDE

We have been working on the establishment of a resource-oriented occupational health management program based on self-determination and self-efficacy since 2014.

We are supported by Stefanie Raaf from EmBODI in the field of occupational health management. A standardized reporting system based on quantitative and qualitative performance figures is being developed to help us specifically manage our occupational health management system.

The following measures were implemented:

  • Raising awareness and a 6-week sports program for all managers
  • Preventative stress test (heart rate variability)
  • Health screening with nutrition advice
  • Training of 14 VAUDE Health Coaches who developed a sport program, which includes approx. 8-10 events per week and is open to all employees
  • Several lectures by our expert Stefanie Raaf on topics such as healthy nutrition and self-regulated health management
  • Coordination, management and evaluation of all measures by a company health management team, which consists employees and managers of several divisions at VAUDE.
  • Integration and coordinated management with corporate health management and occupation safety

Integrating the corporate health management policy into the management system is of central importance to directing future interventions and it makes the system measurable and sustainable.

Ergonomic workspaces, organic cafeteria, climbing wall

Since 2015, company buildings have appeared in new splendor. After three years of remodeling, a whole new array of health-relevant updates has been made available.

  • The in-house VAUDE organic cafeteria provides healthy and delicious meals.
  • Our impressive climbing area offers all employees the opportunity for athletic challenges.
  • Our sports room provides the perfect setting for over 400 sports activities per year within the context of our occupational health management program as well as for self-organized employee activities.
  • During the remodeling, all computer workspaces were ergonomically designed with height-adjustable desks and ergonomic chairs.

More about it - "Future-oriented Work Environment"

Organic food, naturally

The Café VAUDE next door to our factory outlet is certified organic. And all meals are made with organic ingredients at the new "Mittagsspitze" canteen.

Bike commuting:

VAUDE has long provided intensive support of the issue of bike commuting with eight E-bikes, decentralized showers, sheltered bike parking, Jobrad and more. 

See "Bike commuting"

Bike commuting

Despite our hilly surroundings, many colleagues commute to work by bike.

VAUDE Academy sports events

In addition, the VAUDE Academy program normally offers ten to 15 sports and/or outdoor events per year, aimed at both beginners and advanced participants. Our employees can choose between mountain bike training and climbing courses, snowshoeing and trekking tours.

Staying fit

VAUDE promotes sporting activities. The VAUDE Academy offers events for beginners and experts.

We offer swimming classes on an as-needed basis at our outdoor pool and encourage our employees to participate in a weekly yoga class that’s free of charge. Climbers always have access to our boulder room. Every two weeks we have a professional masseuse come to Obereisenbach who offers an "on the job massage."

Overtime and how to avoid it is also a topic at VAUDE. In order to act preventively against the accumulation of overtime, we follow an approach that is not just focused on employees’ presence at work but that includes goal achievement. 

See "A foundation of Trust"

Goal: reduce absenteeism

Our absenteeism* (= all absences caused by illness, including accidents at work or occupational illnesses) was 5.87% in 2016. (2015: 6.65%). Thus, we have reached our goal of reducing the number of absences and continue to be under the national average as we have for years.

There were an average of 9.9 days of illness per employee in 2016. The national average is 15.4 days (Techniker Krankenkasse survey).

And this is depsite the fact that we use an extremely strict computation for absenteeism. Unlike most other statistics, we count every absentee day and not just those after the third consecutive day.

We will continue to work on lowering our illness absenteeism rate. To accomplish this we are relying on the occupational heath management program measures described above and on our occupational safety program.

* Calculation: sick days 2016 /(full time × converted working days 2016 (without holidays=30, without national holidays = 10)) in numbers: 5,311 / (410 × 221) = 5.87%

GRI:   G4-LA6
Type of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and total number of work-related fatalities, by region and by gender
GRI:   G4-DMA Health and Safety
Disclosure on Management Approach Health and Safety
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