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2020 Sustainability Report
published 2021/08/02

Promotion of health as a matter of course

From our organic canteen to a large climbing wall and holistic workplace health management – we call it “Auszeit” (time off). The health of our employees is important to us. Good health is the foundation for a fulfilling and productive life. We do a great deal to help our employees maintain a healthy lifestyle.

In a nutshell:

  • We offer about 200 events (sporting and other types) each year in our company health management program “Auszeit” – some of them in digital format in the 2020 pandemic year.
  • On average 12 employees participated in our courses.
  • Our canteen offers freshly cooked, organic fare
  • We have our own climbing wall
  • A large "Auszeit" room with sports equipment is available to all employees
  • Our workplaces are ergonomically designed and meet the latest standards.

Healthy employees – read more

Only employees who are healthy and feel well can fully perform their services. Especially for us, as a company in the outdoor industry, there is no doubt that we must find and promote an appropriate way to offset desk work.

Our health management system focuses on prevention and our employees’ active involvement in their own health.

Our idyllic setting makes fitness inviting

Our fitness program takes place outdoors as often as possible. The scenery helps provide motivation.

Promoting health successfully takes teamwork

The coordination, monitoring and evaluation of our health measures is carried out by a company health management team consisting of employees and managers from several VAUDE divisions. There is an important point of intersection with occupational safety. Read more here. We are working relentlessly and successfully on coordination between the our “Auszeit” program and occupational safety, both of which are managed by the Human Resources and Organization department. In addition, our Human Resources and Organization department is very involved in the conception and monitoring of health-promoting measures and, at times, provides intensive, personalized advice and support of employees with physical or mental issues. We receive comprehensive professional support wherever necessary from our company doctor.

What was implemented in 2020?

2020 was almost entirely dominated by the Corona pandemic and limited our ability to plan new on-site courses. Therefore, our focus was on maintaining existing formats under the necessary safety and hygiene regulations and partially replacing them with online options.

  • Our own health coaches offered 8-10 sports courses per week including back training, functional circuit training, aerobic dance and yoga.
  • Shortly after the pandemic began, some coaches offered their courses via video conference and also recorded shorter sports and relaxation sessions to make them available to as many employees as possible. Around 50 % of our regular schedule could be maintained in this way.
  • We held a yoga class conducted entirely via video conferencing and free of charge to employees.
  • In late 2020 we once again conducted a holistic employee survey focusing on (mental) health. The Institut für betriebliche Gesundheitsberatung (Institute for Occupational Health Consulting) in cooperation with the Techniker Krankenkasse supported us in this endeavor. Based on the results that have been available to us since the beginning of 2021, we can confirm that our employees are very satisfied with their working conditions as well as with the available health courses.

When not restricted by the Corona pandemic, we supplement our portfolio with select activities led by professional instructors from our network or from our own employees, such as running courses, cross-country skiing taster sessions, swimming courses, crossfit, salsa fitness and blackroll workshops.

Free, live online yoga

From the comfort of your own home (as opposed to driving to our sports room) - our online yoga class is an attractive way for many to stay fit and keep in touch with coworkers.

Ergonomic workspaces, organic cafeteria, climbing wall

Since 2015 we have been working in our modernized, particularly health-promoting company headquarters. This has provided us with a health-enhancing framework:

  • In our "Mittagsspitze" canteen, all menus are made from organic ingredients.
  • Our impressive climbing wall offers all employees the opportunity for physical challenges
  • Our sports room offers the best conditions for a wide range of sports activities within the framework of our company health management "Auszeit" as well as for sports activities organized by our employees themselves
  • During the renovation, our computer workspaces were ergonomically designed with height-adjustable desks and ergonomic chairs

More about it

Climbing at the workplace

Employees can work on their dexterity, strength, endurance and team spirit on our climbing wall in the entrance area of the company headquarters.

Bike commuting:

VAUDE has long been a strong supporter of bike commuting with eight E-bikes that employees can borrow, showers, sheltered bike parking, Jobrad and more. In addition to the health of our employees, this is also good for the planet – everyone benefits from less traffic, noise and pollution.

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Biking to work
Despite our hilly surroundings, many employees commute to work by bike. 
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