Search Report
2020 Sustainability Report
published 2021/08/02

Responsible communication and action

We adhere to ecological principles for our marketing activities and at trade fairs – voluntarily and based on our convictions.

Green communication – action speaks louder than words

Here at VAUDE, environmental friendliness goes well beyond our products. Ecological principles also apply to how we represent our company and to our marketing activities. We voluntarily apply these guiding principles and have developed a code of conduct for ourselves.

We naturally also comply with all provisions of commercial and media law with regard to advertising, promotions and sponsorship, and take data protection extremely seriously.

Our guiding principles create clarity

Our corporate philosophy is conveyed in compact form in our mission statement.

Our mission statement is especially important for our value-oriented corporate alignment. It was revised in 2014 and briefly and concisely presents the most important points of our philosophy.

Our "Wegweiser" Code of Conduct provides orientation

Our values - and how we live them - are the heart of VAUDE. That is why we put them in a code of conduct for our employees.

The Wegweiser is intended to serve as a guide for all of us in unclear situations, provide support for appropriate behavior and make our culture of trust tangible. This Code of Conduct extends from dealing with colleagues and business partners to advice and support for unclear situations (for example, the use of expense receipts, dealing with gifts, dealing with conflicts, etc.).

We are VAUDE

Environmental awareness in the construction of stores and trade fair stands

We have committed ourselves to designing our stores and trade fair stands in line with ecological criteria.

We do not use carpets in our trade fair booths, we rely exclusively on FSC-certified, untreated wood, use low-energy lighting options, avoid single-use items and also take sustainability into consideration in our catering decisions.

When building our trade fair stands, we pay attention to environmental compatibility

In addition, we try to use each module we build at least three times. In many cases we manage to use them much longer. Over time, our suppliers have become familiar with our requirements and many of them only offer us environmentally friendly products.

In outfitting our stores, we use natural materials exclusively such as regionally grown untreated ash wood. Linoleum and steel are also used.

Guidelines for trade fair stand construction

In 2014 we created a set of guidelines for trade fair construction that lays down binding standards of ecological criteria.

They not only provide us with clear rules within the company, they also help our international partners build trade fair stands that meet our standards.

Our guidelines for trade fair stands

Please contact Jenz Nothaft if you have any questions about the trade fair guidelines:

Jenz Nothaft

Event Manager
VAUDE-Straße 2
88069 Tettnang

T: +49 (0)7542 5306-696

M. +49 (0)162 2906-218

Sales Meetings

Our seasonal Sales Meetings in Bregenz were certified as "Green Meetings" and met the criteria of the Austrian Eco-label UZ62 for "Green Meetings and Green Events".

Since summer 2019, our seasonal sales meetings have been held directly at our VAUDE headquarters in Tettnang which helps cut down on CO2 emissions.

Read more about "Green Meetings und Green Events".

Sponsoring and cooperation relationships

As a sustainable, innovative brand, we support only those athletes, events and partners who share our values and communicate them.

Our mission statement is presented at the beginning of the collaboration contract preamble.

Events such as the BANFF Mountain Film Festival Tour as well as strong partners such as the German Alpine Club (DAV) help us to convey our love of nature and to create an awareness of sustainability issues.

Sustainable film and photo shoots

As a sustainable, innovative mountain sports brand, we try to keep the ecological footprint for our films and photo shoots as small as possible.

Our guidelines for film and photo shoots, for example, specify that we do not take any pictures from helicopters. If aerial views are necessary, we use electrical drones. In addition, we try to limit air travel as much as possible. Flights and car travel initiated by us to photo shoot locations are recorded and offset.

In general, we follow the "by fair means" principle for mountaineering and biking: the activities shown in our films and pictures should be “self-powered” to the greatest extent possible without artificial/ technical aids such as lifts or helicopters.

Our content should also convey respect for mankind and nature. We support responsible mountain and bike sports, as represented, for example, by the German Alpine Association (DAV) or by the German Initiative Mountain Bike (DIMB).

So, for example, our bikers do not ride off-trail through pristine natural settings, but rather stay on designated biking trails. They also behave respectfully toward hikers. Our ski tourers adhere to the recommendations of the DAV campaign "Natürlich auf Tour" and steer clear of sensitive habitats such as environmentally protected or conservation areas.

Our bikers keep to the trails

There were no violations of these regulations and voluntary codes during the reporting period.

GRI:   417-3
Incidents of non-compliance concerning marketing communications
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