We at VAUDE are open and interested in partner-based dialog with our stakeholders. We believe that by working together, we can make a bigger difference than working alone. Therefore, we address important issues and concerns in dialogs with our stakeholders.
»We want to use active dialog with our stakeholders in order to learn and actively involve them in the value-oriented community of VAUDE.«
We have drawn valuable insights about how we can improve our company from discussions with these stakeholders – an example:
Four Paws is working to eliminate the practices of live-plucking down and force-feeding geese. VAUDE has made a clear commitment: we use only down from slaughtered animals.
Triggered by the campaign, we found out that we could not guarantee 100% control over the conditions. We have therefore commissioned an independent organization with auditing our entire supply chain for down. See also "Lightweight heat storage - wonder of nature".
Want to know whom we’re talking with and what structures for dialog we have? Then read further...
In 2016 we provided training on sustainability issues for 123 salespeople at our Green Shape Campus and discussed sustainability management at VAUDE. The results of these discussions were incorporated in the company through our sustainability team.
Green Shape Campus topics:
Sustainable products and their significance for retail trade
VAUDE – the environmentally friendly outdoor outfitter
In 2016 we also organized two sustainability breakfasts with retailers. Together we worked on the issue of how we can successfully and authentically communicate sustainability issues in retail stores. The essential input to come out of this dialog was incorporated as inspiration in our sustainability communications.
In the supply chain, we have so far only established systematic findings procedure for social issues - read more about the "Findings Procedure". Environmental issues can also be addressed through this channel, but the awareness of employees in the supply chain has so far not been very pronounced.
We still need to take action in this area: in the supply chain, the awareness of both the management and the employees of the individual companies on environmental issues is of paramount importance. For us, it would be valuable and helpful to directly identify possible complaints from the manufacturing companies of local residents, employees of companies or even NGOs.
In a pilot project, we are currently implementing an environmental management system at various suppliers. Suppliers are also trained on these subjects within the scope of the "Environmental Stewardship Program".
»This project precisely identifies sticking points in the supply chain: building awareness and competence in the Far East. Together, we should tackle this issue in the industry. VAUDE deserves great credit for being a pioneer in this issue.«
»We believe that the combination of knowledge transfer and awareness of environmental and sustainability issues are instrumental for improving working conditions in one of the largest and most important industries in developing countries. We are pleased to be supporting VAUDE in this pilot project.«
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