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2017 Sustainability Report
published 2018/08/01

Equal treatment and equal opportunity in the supply chain

Do you think that equal treatment and equal opportunity is important? We do too! Because many women work for us, we pay particular attention to ensuring that they have the same opportunities as their male counterparts. At VAUDE, these principles apply not only at the headquarters in Tettnang-Obereisenbach, but also at all of our production sites.

All of our producers are obligated to ensure equal treatment for their employees. What the obligation entails:

"All aspects relating to the employment relationship must be based on the principle of equal treatment and equal opportunity. This applies to the recruitment of new employees and the wage policy as well as training opportunities, opportunities for advancement, dismissal or retirement. VAUDE attaches great importance to ensuring that no one is discriminated against because of his national, ethnic or social origin, color of skin, gender, religious or political beliefs, membership in a labor organization or union, or with disabilities."

Review by independent auditors

An obligation in and of itself is not enough, of course. Therefore, all of our producers are regularly and independently audited by organizations such as the Fair Wear Foundation. Auditors check carefully whether there are cases of discrimination. This is verified through interviews inside and outside the production site and by reviewing documents.

  • How are workers recruited?
  • What does the wage policy look like?
  • Are men and women paid equally for the same work?
  • Are men prefered for some positions even though women could do the same job, or vice versa?
  • Are there any employees who are discriminated against in any manner or given advantages?

Result of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) audit

The FWF audits show that our producers fundamentally treat their employees equally. Women and men receive the same wage for the same work. In the 2017 audits, there were no complaints with regards to equal treatment and equal opportunity.

Gender distribution in our production companies

Have you ever wondered about gender distribution at our production sites? Auditors collect information on gender distribution at each site. You can see the distribution by country here:

Gender distribution in Vietnam

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Gender distribution in China

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GRI:   405-1
Diversity of governance bodies and employees
GRI:   405-2
Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men
GRI:   406-1
Incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken
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