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2016 Sustainability Report
published 2017/08/01

Stronger together

Together we can achieve more – and this goes for sustainability as well. Therefore, we have joined a number of initiatives, associations and organizations both within and outside the industry.

Involvement in associations and initiatives

The manufacturing of our products 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 change. 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 organizations. We hold leadership positions in numerous associations while we participate in projects or work in joint ventures with many others. However, we do not make financial resources available far beyond the usual membership fees for any organizations.

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

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

Jan Lorch, Head of Sales & CSR, was a member of the steering committee until July 31, 2015, since August 1, 2015 a member in the working group for reviewing the process

16.10.2014 (Participation in the preparation starting in May 2015)

Product development and Production

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

Diversity Charta

Signatory

2016

Germany 

 

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 Textilesand Apparel (DTB) 

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 ECG balance

22.02.2013

Germany

Various interested input. See new ECG Report

German Fashion Association

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

 

Wir zusammen: German industry integration initiative

Member

2016

Germany


Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)

Project work on various working groups of BSI and EOG

 

Product development, production sites

BSI, EOG