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2020 Sustainability Report
published 2021/08/02

Stronger together

Together we can achieve more – and this goes for sustainability as well. Therefore, we have joined a number of initiatives, associations and organizations both within and outside the industry.

Involvement in associations and initiatives

The manufacturing of our products should be as environmentally friendly and as socially sustainable as possible. The majority of our products are manufactured in the supply chain where we, at times, have very little influence with regard to actions taken. Only by working together with other outdoor and textile manufacturers, and in association with strong initiatives, can we really achieve change. Therefore, we have voluntarily joined several organizations.


In addition to involvement in various initiatives, VAUDE is also a member of a number of associations and organizations. We hold leadership positions in numerous associations while we participate in projects or work in joint ventures with many others. However, we do not make financial resources available far beyond the usual membership fees for any organizations.

The following table provides an overview of the initiatives, charters and principles that guide our work.

GRI:   102-12
External initiatives
GRI:   102-13
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Type of membership / participation

Date of signature / membership

Countries or processes in which these principles apply

Stakeholders that are included in the development and management of these initiatives

Alliance for Development and Climate

Member and Supporter

2019

Climate protection & climate compensation

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Foundation 2°

Signatory

2016

Climate protection

B.A.U.M Geranwatch

UN Global Compact

Signatory

2020

Climate protection

SBT

Climate Pledge

Signatory

2020

Climate protection

Amazon and other companies and institutions

Science Based Targets Initiative

Commitment to set science-based climate targets and achieve them.

2019

Scienc -based climate targets to achieve the 1.5° goal, international


Appeal for crisis management and sustainability: making our economy stable with a climate-economic program

Signatory

2020

Germany

Businesses

Beirat Umwelt um Sport der Bundesregierung (Advisory Council for Environment and Sports of the Federal Government)

Hilke Patzwall, VAUDE Senior Manager CSR, is Vice Chair of the Advisory Board

2018

Advice to the Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Material manufacturers, Producers, Chemical suppliers, Manufacturers

bluesign® system

System Partner

2001

Germany and production sites
product development and production

Manufacturers, material manufacturers, producers, chemical suppliers  

Bundesdeutscher Arbeitskreis für Umweltfreundliches Management e.V. (B.A.U.M.)

Membership in sponsor group

2010

Germany

Businesses

Bundesverband der Deutschen Sportartikel-Industrie (Federal Association of the German Sports Industry) (OutdoorGroup)

Jan Lorch, Head of Sales & CSR, is on the board of the Outdoor Group: project participation

1992 

Germany, production sites

Manufacturers 

Advisory Council for Environment and Sports of the Federal Government

Member, Hilke Patzwall CSR Manager

2018


Material manufacturers, Producers, Chemical suppliers, Manufacturers

Bundesverband der Deutschen Sportartikel-Industrie (BSI), CSR-Arbeitsgruppe

Hilke Patzwall, CSR Manager is spokesperson of the working group  

2013 

Germany, production sites 

Manufacturers

Partnership for sustainable textiles

Founding member;

Jan Lorch, Head of Sales & CSR, was a member of the steering committee until July 31, 2015, since August 1, 2015 a member in the working group for reviewing the process

16.10.2014 (Participation in the preparation starting in May 2015)

Germany and production sites


Product development and Production

Multi-stakeholder initiative, consisting of representatives from business, civil societies, standards organizations and trade

Charta der Vielfalt

Signatory

2016

Germany 

Businesses

Der Grüne Knopf (“Green Button”)

Jan Lorch, Hilke Patzwall, involvement in standard setting process and evaluation of VAUDE Green Shape criteria

2018

Germany

BMZ, manufacturers

Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Environmental Foundation)

Antje von Dewitz, CEO VAUDE, is a member of the board of trustees

2013

Germany

Environmental Associations

The Sustainability Code (DNK)

Involvement as SME in the development, compliance statement 2011.

16.04.2012

Germany

i.e. NABU, BUND

Dialog Textiles and Apparel (DTB)

Member

2006

Germany

Businesses 

Entrepreneurs for Future

Signatory

2019

Europe

Businesses 

Entrepreneurs 4 Future

Signatory

2019

Europe

Businesses

European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA)

Jan Lorch, Head of Sales & CSR, is on the EOCA executive board

2013

Germany production sites

Manufacturers, producers material manufacturers retailers, individuals, service providers

European Outdoor Group (EOG)

Member, Antje von Dewitz, CEO is Vice President
Jan Lorch, Head of Sales & CSR, is a member of the Sustainability Council

2013

International

Manufacturers

Fair Wear (based on ILO norms)

Member Leader Status

15.11.2010

Germany production sites

Trade unions, NGOS, Textile trade associations

Fair Wear (based on ILO norms)

Member Expert Group

01.02.2021

Germany, Production sites

Trade unions, NGOS, Textile trade associations

Economy for the Common Good

Member pioneer companies with externally audited and published ECG balance

22.02.2013

Germany

Various interested input. See new ECG Report

German Fashion Association

Member

2009

Germany

Manufacturers

GRI

Creation of the GRI Report

16.10.2013

Germany and production sites

Over 600 international organizationen from civil societies, business, sciences, etc.

Higg Index

Contribution to the development of the Higg Index, pilot projects

 

Product development Green Shape Criteria

Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the entire sports, fashion and outdoor branch

Initative for the legal regulation of human rights and environmental due diligence

Signatory

2019

Europe

Businesses

SME Advisory Board, Federal Ministry for economic affairs and Energy (Mittelstandsbeirat Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie)

Antje von Dewitz, Geschäftsführerin VAUDE, Member


Germany

Government

Nationale Plattform Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung

Antje von Dewitz, Geschäftsführerin VAUDE, Member


Germany

Businesses  

Naturkapital Germany (TEEB) The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Project Advisory Board

2013

Germany

Businesses  

Neues Wirtschaftswunder

Signatory

2020

Germany

Businesses

Network of companies for the integratation of refugees

Co-founder

2017

Germany

Businesses

Südwesttextil e.V.

Member

2018

Germany

Businesses

TextileMission research association for the prevention of textile microparticles

Association Partner

2017

Germany

NGOs, Science, Textile Industry, Brands, Industry Association

Bundesverband nachhaltige Wirtschaft e.V.

Member

Supervision of junior businesses

2018


2011 - 2017

Germany

Businesses

Companies for more sustainability – “wir bleiben dran!”

Signatory

2019

Germany

Businesses  

Verkehrsclub Deutschland

Sustaining Member

2012

Germany

Businesses, Nature Conservation Associations

Wir zusammen: German industry integration initiative

Member

2016

Germany

Businesses

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)

Project work on various working groups of BSI and EOG

 

Product development, production sites

BSI, EOG

European Commission

Member of EU Chemical Innovation Task Force

2018

EU

EU Commission, Industry, NGOs