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2022 Sustainability Report
published 2023/08/01

All sustainability standards and certificates at a glance

VAUDE is committed to responsibility along the entire life cycle of our products. In order to achieve this, we work with recognized standards and certificates for each stage in the supply chain, including materials and delivery companies, VAUDE itself and the finished products as well.

Here is a list of the standards and certificates for VAUDE and/or its products:

VAUDE is certified in accordance with the following standards:

  • Green Button - The Green Button is the German federal government's first state-sponsored seal for sustainable textiles with socially fair and environmentally friendly production. You can find our certification and more information here.
  • EMAS – The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme is a premium management instrument developed by the European Commission for companies and other organizations to evaluate, report, and improve their environmental performance. You can find our EMAS certificate and more information here
  • ISO 14001 – The VAUDE Environmental Management System meets the requirements of this international environmental standard. You can find the certificate here
  • Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) – GOTS is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. VAUDE itself and many of our products are certified in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard. You can find the certificate and mor information here
  • Global Recycled Standard (GRS) – The GRS is a voluntary product standard for tracking and verifying the content of recycled materials in a final product. The standard applies to the full supply chain and addresses traceability, environmental principles, social requirements, chemical content and labeling. We are working to certify more and more of our suppliers and products with the independent recycling standard GRS. VAUDE as a company is also already certified. More about this here
  • Responsible Down Standard (RDS) – The Responsible Down Standard (RDS) aims to ensure that down and feathers come from animals that have not been subjected to any unnecessary harm. We use only downs (both recycled and virgin) from well-treated animals that have been certified by this independent standard. You can find the certificate and more information here
  • Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) – VAUDE is working to become one of the first outdoor brands to launch RWS-certified products. The first milestone has already been reached and VAUDE itself is RWS certified. You can find our RWS certificate and more information here

VAUDE is a member of the following organizations, working together and reporting in accordance with their requirements.

  • Fair Wear – As a company within the textile industry, we are pursuing the goal of improving working conditions in production worldwide and contributing to social justice. Read more about it here
  • Partnership for Sustainable Textiles – As a founding member, VAUDE is actively contributing to higher environmental and social standards in the global textile value chain in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, which was initiated by Germany’s Federal Government. We publish an annual Roadmap Report covering this issue. Find out more here
  • Greenpeace Detox Commitment – VAUDE is one of the few companies in the outdoor industry to have signed this strict agreement. Read more here
  • ECG – As the first company in the outdoor industry to join, we are a pioneer in the Economy for the Common Good (ECG) and measure our contribution to society at large. Our Balance Sheet and more information can be found here
  • German Sustainability Code – This index helps us to create greater comparability and transparency with regard to its sustainability performance. Read more here
  • No fur – not even faux-fur! VAUDE is a member of the Fur Free Retailer Program. Read more here
  • Higg Index – find out what the Higg Index means for VAUDE here
  • The non-profit organization, myclimate, prepares VAUDE's annual greenhouse gas balance in accordance with the GHG Protocol.

Most VAUDE products and/or the materials used are certified in accordance with one of the following standards:

  • Green Shape – VAUDE Green Shape is VAUDE's own standard for more environmentally friendly outdoor products. Find out more
  • Grüner Knopf / Green Button – The Grüner Knopf is Germany’s first governmental seal for socially and ecologically sustainably produced textiles. Our certification and more information here

As well as the standards already described above:

  • bluesign® system – VAUDE has been working with the world's strictest standard for environmental and consumer protection in textile production since 2001. Many of our suppliers and the materials they produce are blueign® approved.

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Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary
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The management approach and its components
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Evaluation of the management approach
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