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2017 Sustainability Report
published 2018/08/01

GRI G4 Index for the VAUDE Sustainability Report

We have prepared this report on our economic, environmental and social performance in accordance with the core option of the international G4 guidelines drawn up by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

Information on external verification

We want to present the success of our sustainability strategy objectively and transparently; verification of the data submitted by us by independent third parties is therefore very important to us.


The environmental data relating to our location in Tettnang-Obereisenbach is externally assured by an independent environmental verifier in accordance with EMAS and ISO 14001. Read more in the EMAS-Index. myclimate calculates the emissions that we cause. This information can be found in the GRI Index.

The data on social conditions in our production sites was collected by the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) in audits. (FWF). Read more in the FWF Index.


Our annual financial statement is audited in accordance with legal requirements by the independent auditing firm, GmbH Schnetz, Buchmann, Michele Ravensburg.


The auditing firm, KPMG AG, provided external limited assurance on selected data and key figures for the first two Sustainability Reports (fiscal year 2013 and 2014). The 2016 report was prepared using the same guidelines and criteria. This year we are not conducting a separate external audit.

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General Standard Disclosures

DMA and Indicators:

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VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co. KG


DMA and Indicators:

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About VAUDE 


DMA and Indicators:

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Obereisenbach/Tettnang, Germany


DMA and Indicators:

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About VAUDE 


DMA and Indicators:

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ABOUT VAUDE 


DMA and Indicators:

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Our markets


Leistungsindikatoren:

DMA and Indicators:

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Our Employees

External Verification:

"Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft GmbH Schnetz, Buchmann, Michele Ravensburg"


DMA and Indicators:

DMA and Indicators:

DMA and Indicators:

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Green Shape Concept


DMA and Indicators:

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Stronger together 


DMA and Indicators:

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Stronger Together 


DMA and Indicators:

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Corporate Philosophy


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These are our Stakeholders


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There are no collective agreements for the employees of VAUDE.


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Links und Content:

About this Report


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Material Aspects


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Material Aspects


Leistungsindikatoren:

Leistungsindikatoren:

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No changes in scope and limits of aspects compared to the 2016 report


Leistungsindikatoren:

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About this Report


Leistungsindikatoren:

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About this Report


Leistungsindikatoren:

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About this Report


Leistungsindikatoren:

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About this Report


Leistungsindikatoren:

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About this Report


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GRI Index


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specified in the GRI Index
About this Report

Leistungsindikatoren:

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specified in the index


Leistungsindikatoren:

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specified for each indicator


Leistungsindikatoren:

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specified for each indicator

 
 

*Boundaries: "VAUDE" refers to our company, VAUDE Sport GmbH und Co.KG, including internal stakeholder groups such as employees, board of partners or subsidiaries. Outside VAUDE describes effects, which impact on our stakeholder groups, principally throughout our supply chain, but also on the local communities where our headquarters or our customers are based.

 
 

Specific Standard Disclosures: Economic

DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


External Verification
Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft GmbH Schnetz, Buchmann, Michele Ravensburg

DMA and Indicators:

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Fair Wear Foundation


Limits:

beyond VAUDE

External Verification:
The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation during the brand performance check and audits.


DMA and Indicators:

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Living Wages 


Remarks:

We do not have the information about the standard starting wages for each department of our producers. We therefore use the ""Wage Ladder"" developed by the FWF to present wages.
In the Wage Ladders of the FWF, 3 wages are stated per production department (i.e. management and staff are not shown): The lowest salary paid in the department, the highest and the most frequently paid wage. For our evaluation we use the most frequently paid. Taking into account the number of workers per department, we then calculate the ""average"" per producer. This is then set as a percentage of the minimum wage and the Asia Floor wage and the average is calculated again for each country.


Limits:

beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation during the brand

DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


Leistungsindikatoren:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

DMA and Indicators:

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Our Responsibility 
Our Producers 

Limits:

beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.


DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

Our Producers 


Limits:

beyond VAUDE

DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:
The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.


DMA and Indicators:

Remarks:

We have no evaluation options for the total weight or volume of materials used to manufacture products manufactured outside the Tettnang-Obereisenbach site.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

in part RDS, RWS, GOTS


DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

none


Leistungsindikatoren:

Remarks:

We do not take back products and packaging materials, therefore we cannot give any information on the number of products and packaging materials taken back. Evaluation is carried out using report Liquidation types.

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:
none

DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.


DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.


DMA and Indicators:

Remarks:

Since 2011, we have had a complete carbon footprint prepared for the Tettnang site. All upstream and downstream processes contained therein are taken into account for the emission calculation. We have no energy consumption for all processes not contained therein.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) were validated by the EMAS audit.


DMA and Indicators:

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included in G4-EN3 and G4-EN 4 respectively.


Remarks:

Since 2011, we have had a complete carbon footprint prepared for the Tettnang site. All upstream and downstream processes contained therein are taken into account for the emission calculation. We have no energy consumption for all processes not contained therein.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.


DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

included in G4-EN3 and G4-EN 4 respectively.


Remarks:

Since 2011, we have had a complete carbon footprint prepared for the Tettnang site. All upstream and downstream processes contained therein are taken into account for the emission calculation. We have no energy consumption for all processes not contained therein.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.


Leistungsindikatoren:
 
 

Specific Standard Disclosures: Environmental

DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.


DMA and Indicators:

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Water – the Source of Life 


Remarks:

We do not have any data from our supply chain.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.


DMA and Indicators:

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Pioneer in Biodiversity Check 


Remarks:

We do not have any data from our supply chain.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.


Leistungsindikatoren:

Remarks:

We do not have any data from our supply chain.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.


DMA and Indicators:

Remarks:

We do not have any data from our supply chain.

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.


DMA and Indicators:

Remarks:

We do not have any data from our supply chain.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit and the myclimate calculations.


DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit and the myclimate calculations.


DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

VAUDE Carbon Footprint - an overview 
No Scope 2 emissions were caused.


Remarks:

We do not have any data from our supply chain.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit and the myclimate calculations.


DMA and Indicators:

Remarks:

We do not have any data from our supply chain.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit and the myclimate calculations.


DMA and Indicators:

Remarks:

We do not have any data from our supply chain.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit and the myclimate calculations.

DMA and Indicators:

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Focus on wastewater management 


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.


DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

Focus on wastewater management 


Remarks:

We do not have any data from our supply chain.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.


DMA and Indicators:

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Goal: Reducing residual waste 


Remarks:

We do not have any data from our supply chain.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.


DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

Focus on wastewater management 


Remarks:

We do not have any data from our supply chain.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.


DMA and Indicators:

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No hazardous waste is produced.


Remarks:

We do not have any data from our supply chain.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.


Leistungsindikatoren:
Leistungsindikatoren:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


External Verification:

The figures (OEB) were validated by the EMAS audit.


Leistungsindikatoren:

Links and Content:

Legal compliance as a top priority

VAUDE did not pay any fines or other non-monetary penalties in 2016 for non-compliance with environmental regulations.

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


External Verification:

The figures (OEB) were validated by the EMAS audit.

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures (OEB) have been validated by the EMAS audit.

 
 

Specific Standard Disclosures: Social

Working practices and dignified employment

DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


DMA and Indicators:

Remarks:

We do not report the total number and rate of newly hired employees.
There are no breakdowns by gender or age group.
We do not differentiate by region (OBE, locations of the German outlets Wadgassen / Metzingen)

We have no data on newly hired employees at our producers and the fluctuation rate.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


DMA and Indicators:

Remarks:

We do not report the total number of employees entitled to parental leave by gender. We cannot calculate the retention rate.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

A Culture of Trust 


Remarks:

At VAUDE, we do not have a formally defined notification period; therefore, we do not have a report on the notification period.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

DMA and Indicators:

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Health promotion you can count on 


DMA and Indicators:

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Safe production 


Remarks:

We do not have figures for the percentage of the total workforce represented in formal employer-employee committees and at what level within the organization each formal employer-employee committee for occupational safety and health protection typically operates. Instead, we report on findings from the FWF audits on the subject.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


DMA and Indicators:

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Health Promotion you can count on 


Remarks:

Since we only consider the location Obereisenbach-Tettnang, we do not differentiate by region.

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE


DMA and Indicators:

Remarks:

There are no figures on external training courses that are not organized and budgeted by our VAUDE Academy training program. Up to now, only those (usually internal) training courses have been recorded that are organized and budgeted via our VAUDE Academy training program.


Limits:

VAUDE

DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

Our Responsibility 


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.


DMA and Indicators:

Remarks:

We do not report details of salary distribution in our function groups (which do not meet official standards but are internally defined categories). We make a summary statement about the average equality of male/female salaries, the most current basis for this is a detailed evaluation of function levels 6-10.

We have no information on the wage ratio female-times in the supply chain. If the FWF notices something in the payrolls, it is brought up in the audit report under ""Analysis of Wage Ladder"": ""Are there any conclusions to be drawn on differences between male and female dominated departments?"" ""Are there any conclusions to be drawn on differences between the lowest and highest paid wage in a department, or on differences between different departments?"" This information is then evaluated and a summary statement is made.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


External Verification:

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation during audits.

Leistungsindikatoren:

Limits:

beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

Some of the figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation during the brand performance check and audits.


Leistungsindikatoren:

Remarks:

We do not check the new producers, but the number of producers audited in the year under review (initial audit) + their share of the total FOB volume in the year under review. We are committed to long-term cooperation with our producers, and an audit prior to the commencement of the contract would not be possible. However, there is a checklist to assess the producers on their first visit.


Limits:

beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

Some of the figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation during the brand performance check and audits.


Leistungsindikatoren:

Limits:

beyond VAUDE


External Verification:

Some of the figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation during the brand performance check and audits.

 
 

Human Rights

Leistungsindikatoren:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


External Verification:

Some of the figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation during the brand performance check and audits.

DMA and Indicators:

DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

Our responsibility

Limits:

beyond VAUDE


DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

EMployee Involvement 


Limits:

beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

Our responsibility

Limits:

beyond VAUDE


DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

Saying No to Child Labor


Limits:

beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.

Links and Content:

Our Responsibility 

Limits:

beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.


DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

Saying No to Forced Labor 


Limits:

beyond VAUDE

DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

The figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation in audits.


DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

Our producers 

Remarks:

We do not audit the new producers but the number of producers audited in the year under review (initial audit) + their share of the total FOB volume in the year under review. We are committed to long-term cooperation with our producers, and an audit prior to the commencement of the contract would not be possible. However, there is a checklist to assess the producers on their first visit.


Limits:

beyond VAUDE


DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

Our producers 
Production in Myanmar 


Limits:

beyond VAUDE

External Verification:

Some of the figures given were collected by the Fair Wear Foundation during audits.

 
 

Society

DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

VAUDE does not support political parties with donations.

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

Legal Compliance as a Top Priority 


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

Legal Compliance as a Top Priority 
VAUDE did not pay any fines or other non-monetary penalties in 2016.


Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

 
 

Product Responsibility

DMA and Indicators:

Remarks:

Data were compiled internally on the basis of available individual test reports, data basis based on volume of material consumption per season

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


External Verification:

Data has not yet been externally checked


DMA and Indicators:

Links and Content:

No risk - no fun? 

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE

DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE


DMA and Indicators:

Limits:

VAUDE and beyond VAUDE