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2015 Sustainability Report
published 2016/07/13

Stronger together

Together we can achieve more – and this also holds true in terms of sustainability. Therefore, we have joined a number of initiatives, associations and organizations.

Involvement in associations and initiatives

Our products’ manufacturing should be as environmentally friendly and as socially sustainable as possible. The majority of our products are manufactured in the supply chain where we, at times, have very little influence with regard to actions taken. Only by working together with other outdoor and textile manufacturers, and in association with strong initiatives, can we really achieve anything. Therefore, we have voluntarily joined several organizations.

In addition to involvement in various initiatives, VAUDE is also a member of a number of associations and clubs. We hold an executive position in numerous associations while we participate in projects or work in joint ventures with many others. However, we make no financial resources available far beyond the usual membership fees for any association or club.

The following table provides an overview of the initiatives, charters and principles that guide our work.

GRI:   G4-15
List externally developed economic, environmental and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or which it endorses.
GRI:   G4-16
List memberships of associations (such as industry associations) and national or international advocacy organizations in which the organization: ŸŸHolds a position on the governance body ŸŸParticipates in projects or committees ŸŸProvides substantive funding beyond routine membership dues ŸŸViews membership as strategic This refers primarily to memberships maintained at the organizational level.
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NameType of membership / participationDate of signature / membershipCountries or processes in which these principles applyStakeholders who are involved in the development or management of these initiatives

Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad Club (German Cyclist’s Association)

Sustaining Member 

2009 

Germany

 

Bertelsmann Stiftung, CSR Expertenzirkel (Bertelsmann Foundation, CSR expert circle)

Hilke Patzwall, CSR Manager is a member of the CSR circle of experts  

2013 

Germany 

 

bluesign®

Systempartner

2001

Germany and production sites
product development and production

Manufacturers, material manufacturers, producers, chemical suppliers  

Bundesdeutscher Arbeitskreis für Umweltfreundliches Management e.V. (B.A.U.M.) (German working group for environmental management)

Membership in sponsor group

2010

Germany

 

Bundesverband der Deutschen Sportartikel-Industrie (BSI) , Fachgruppe Outdoor (Federal Association of the German sporty industry, Working Group Outdoor)

Jan Lorch, Head of Sales & CSR, is on the board of the Vorstand der Fachgruppe Outdoor; project participation 

1992 

Germany Produktionsstandorte 

Manufacturers 

Bundesverband der Deutschen Sportartikel-Industrie (BSI), CSR-Arbeitsgruppe (Federal Association of the German sporty industry, CSR Working Group)

Hilke Patzwall, CSR Manager is spokesperson of the working group  

2013 

Germany, production sites 

Manufacturers

Partnership for sustainable textiles

Founding member
Jan Lorch, Head of Sales & CSR, is a member of the steering committee

16.10.2014 (Participation in the preparation starting in May 2015)

German and production sites  production development and production

Multi-Stakeholder Initiative, consisting of representatives from business, civil societies, standards organizations and trade unions  

Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Environmental Foundation)

Antje von Dewitz, CEO VAUDE, is a member of the board of trustees  

2013 

Germany 

 

The Sustainability Code

Involvement as SME in the development, compliance statement 2011.

16.04.2012

Germany

i.e. NABU, BUND

Dialog Textil und Bekleidung (DTB) (Dialogue textil and clothing)

Member

2008

Germany

 

European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA)

Jan Lorch, Head of Sales & CSR, is on the EOCA executive board

2006

Germany production sites

Manufacturers, producers material manufacturers retailers, individuals, service providers

European Outdoor Group (EOG)

Member, Jan Lorch, Head of Sales & CSR, is a member of the Sustainability Counsil

2013

International

Manufacturers

Fair Wear Foundation  (based on the  ILO-Norms)

Member Leader Status

15.11.2010

Germany production sites

Trade unions, NGOS, Textile trade associations

Economy for the Common Good

Member pioneer companies with externally audited and published ECO balances

22.02.2013

Germany

Various interested input. See new ECO Report

German Fashion Verband

Member

2009

Germany

Manufacturers

GRI

Creation of the GRI Report

16.10.2013

Germany and production sites

Over 600 international organizationen from civil societies, business, sciences, etc.

Higg Index

Contribution to the development of the Higg Index, pilot projects

 

Product development Green Shape criteria

Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the entire sports, fashion and outdoor branch

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Project Advisory Board

2013

Germany

 

Verkehrsclub Deutschland

Sustaining Member

2012

Germany

 

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)

Project work on various working groups of BSI and EOG

 

Product development, production sites

BSI, EOG