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2019 Sustainability Report
published 2020/08/01

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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Name 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

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

Signatory

2020

Germany

Businesses

Advisory Council for Environment and Sports of the Federal Government

Member, Hilke Patzwall CSR Manager

2018


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  

German working group for environmental management (B.A.U.M.)

Membership in sponsor group

2010

Germany

Businesses

Federal Association of the German sporty industry (BSI), Working Group Outdoor

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

1992 

Germany, production sites

Manufacturers 

Federal Association of the German sporty industry (BSI), CSR Working Group

Hilke Patzwall, CSR Manager is spokesperson of the working group  

2013 

Germany, production sites 

Manufacturers

Partnership for sustainable textiles

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 unions  

Diversity Charta

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, brands

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

German Association for Human Resource Management (DGFP)

Member
Personal network

2016

Germany

Businesses

Dialog Textiles and Apparel (DTB)

Member

2006

Germany

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 the ILO-Norms)

Member Leader Status

15.11.2010

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

Initiative for human rights and environmental legal regulations

Signatory

2019

Europe

Businesses

SME Advisory Board, Federal Ministry for economic affairs and Energy

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  

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)

Project Advisory Board

2013

Germany

Businesses  

Neues Wirtschaftswunder

Signatory

2020

Germany

Businesses

Network of companies for the integratation of refugees

Member

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

UnternehmensGrün 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

EU Commission

Member of EU Chemical Innovation Task Force

2018

EU

EU Commission, Industry, NGOs