We understand engaging in business as a responsibility for contributing to the public good. We take on responsibility in everything that we do: for our employees and partners around the world, the environment and for following generations. As a company that acts sustainably, we align ourselves with long-term, future oriented, ecological, social and economic goals.
»We full-heartedly accept our social and environmental responsibility.«
We are aware that our company activity involves a burden on the environment and that the resources of our planet are finite. We accept responsibility for this and are constantly working to keep our ecological footprint as small as possible.
To this end, we rely on the best available technology in an ecological sense. We are passionate about innovative and sustainable solutions so that we can blaze a sustainable trail for others to follow. Read more at VAUDE Ecosystem. In addition, we are looking into the question of what alternatives there are for us as a company to grow – read more at "Growth".
The power of our brand and the quality of our products is our greatest asset. Therefore, we at VAUDE focus on our guiding principles – and not on short-term profit maximization. In order to be able to continue along this path autonomously over the long term, we are maintaining our financial independence. See "Sustainable business is worthwhile".
Our guiding principles describe what we stand for as a company while providing us with motivation and setting our direction. They are the foundation of our brand and clarify where we come from, what is important to us and what inspires us. They consist of three aspects: MOUNTAIN – WE - FORWARD which support us in discovering new solutions in our daily work and bringing our brand to life.
The exhilaration of the ascent, the peacefulness of the summit, breathtaking vistas, and the joy to be found on the way back down all provide us with inspiration.
THE MOUNTAIN stands for the high, clearly defined standards of our products, for durability and for experiencing nature passionately. We accept the challenges that THE MOUNTAIN presents to us as people and to our products.
Trends change as fast as the weather in the mountains. Sustainability endures. We are sustainable and innovative because we want the people of tomorrow to be able to enjoy nature to the fullest. We are pioneers on this path, always looking FORWARD. We are overcoming the apparent limits of what is possible – creating future-oriented products and services.
This is what drives us – FORWARD to nature!
The guide is about how we can avoid conflicts of interest, deal with gifts properly and deal with trust-based working hours. It also provides support for employees who have to deal with violations of the guide.
Our Code of Conduct consists of the following chapters:
This chapter is about for whom and in which situations the guide is valid and how we deal with laws and ethical principles at VAUDE.
2. The sustainability track
In this chapter, we address our corporate responsibility for achieving sustainable success: we take responsibility for our actions and economic activity, both in dealing with others as well as in dealing with our environment.
3. On the track together
This section addresses the question: "How do we deal with each other?" with the goal of strengthening our culture of trust and making our interaction positive for everyone.
4. Equipment, mine, yours, ours?
This is about questions concerning VAUDE property, the extent to which it must be protected by all employees and in what context it can be used.
5. On the track with others
This chapter is about how we deal with our business partners and what expectations we have of working together.
6. Staying on the right track
In this chapter, we offer our employees guidance on how to implement this guide and explanations on how it can provide them with concrete guidance in difficult situations.
Table of Contents
In our guide, we have integrated all existing guidelines such as: