All sustainability activities and measures are coordinated in an interdisciplinary team, which consists of employees from a variety of company divisions. Sustainability is not something that's detached and isolated in its own department; rather it is embedded in all relevant departments throughout VAUDE in the day-to-day workings of the company. The Head of the CSR Team is the executive manager of Sales and Sustainability.
»We understand the term CSR to mean our corporate responsibility for people, society and nature, with which we want to establish a healthy balance between our economic, environmental and social objectives. We are convinced that environmental protection always serves society. In the long run, mankind will only be able to survive in a healthy, intact environment.«
The members of the VAUDE CSR Team are a point of contact for all employees and business partners for sustainability issues. The CSR team sets priorities and coordinates projects. The team members are well connected with professional associations and working groups within and outside of the Outdoor Industry, as well as having close contact with experts and academia.
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Each team member acts as a sustainability ambassador in his or her division. Frequent and regular team meetings guarantee close coordination and timely implementation within the company, both “upward” and “downward”.
The members of the VAUDE CSR Team come from following teams and departments:
In order to implement our CSR objectives relating to social standards and the management of harmful materials, it's extremely important that we have specialists on site. They understand the local conditions, speak the language and can arrive quickly when needed. Our CSR employees in Asia visit our producers regularly. They not only monitor the conditions in a facility, but are also on-hand to provide assistance with their knowledge and experience.
All VAUDE employees are integrated in the continuous sustainability improvement process as follows: