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2017 Sustainability Report
published 2018/08/01

Raising awareness with sustainable communication

Sustainability is a complex issue. The better we understand the interrelationships, the more aware we become. To clearly illustrate this relationship, we use consistent messages communicated across all channels.

Raising awareness for the environment

VAUDE’s marketing messages come down to one common denominator: "Performance meets ecology". This means VAUDE manufactures high-performance gear produced under exemplary and fair ecological criteria in accordance with Best Available Technology (BAT) – the highest possible performance coupled with ecological and socially responsible production.

Without an awareness of fair and environmentally friendly production, there would be no demand for sustainable products. As a manufacturer, we serve as a role model for responsible outdoor experiences that our customers can also sense through our communications.

Brand creates clarity and orientation

To help us act with a unity of purpose and communicate consistently – both in marketing as well as in other company departments – we developed a set of guiding principles in 2014 and implemented them throughout the entire company in 2015. These guiding principles describe our roots, our values, our incentive and our convictions and reflect what VAUDE stands for as a brand. From this document, frameworks such as our Corporate Identity (CI) can be derived which allow us to send messages “from one source” to the media as well as in communication with customers.

Warm and friendly colors support our brand image

The VAUDE CI consists of various elements:

  • Corporate Design: determines the visual appearance
  • Corporate Wording: determines the contents and the manner of communication
  • Imagery: determines the substantive and formal requirements for our (moving) images
  • Behavior guidelines for specific topics: define the desired behavior of the VAUDE employees - see "Company Philosophy". 

We implement these rules not only in content, but also in our choice of means of communication. For environmental considerations, we try to replace print products with digital media as much as possible. This has helped us to reduce our paper consumption. In addition, emissions due to paper consumption are compensated.

Internal communication with the VAUDE Academy

In the VAUDE Guiding Principles, specific guidelines are set regarding how sustainability should be lived out, visualized and communicated. To involve our employees in the corporate identity, all content is updated regularly and passed on to all employees in company training sessions with the VAUDE Academy.

Specifically, we provide training on content that can also be given out with each product when available:

A strong focus on experiencing nature mindfully

Sustainability is also a guiding theme in our choice of advertising.

Our images focus on experiencing nature mindfully

As a sustainable, innovative mountain sports brand, we try to keep our ecological footprint as small as possible for our activities. We act considerately towards people and nature. We also follow the "by fair means" principle in mountaineering and biking: tours should be managed as much as possible with one's own power and without the use of artificial or technical aids such as lifts. We make our advertising film and photo shootings as environmentally friendly as possible and convey this approach in our images. For example, our bikers don’t ride off-trail through pristine nature, but stay on existing trails; ski tourers don’t rely on ski lifts, etc. 

Mountain sports by fair means

Employees as brand ambassadors

In order for the content of our marketing to come across authentically, it makes sense that our employees also identify with this philosophy.

VAUDE Marketing employees love mountain biking

To promote this, we offer them ongoing mountain sports and bike sports activities. These trips are organized sustainably, for example, by using eco-friendly transportation. The shared outdoor experiences raise awareness in our employees for the preservation of nature as a "playground" for future generations.

Message in training courses

The VAUDE Academy offers sustainability training courses for all employees. In addition, our sales representatives and international distributors receive training every six months about new information on product sustainability, environmental protection and social responsibility.
VAUDE provides training materials for all relevant product segments that communicate sustainability aspects of each product group.

Individual courses cover the following themes:

Making sustainability something to be experienced

VAUDE sales representatives and international partners communicate this content in product training workshops directly to salespeople in outdoor, bike and leather goods stores.

We also communicate just how committed we are to sustainability in product presentations at trade shows around the world, in VAUDE order rooms and in VAUDE stores.


Sustainability isn't only put into practice with the VAUDE Collection, but also in the design of exhibition stands at trade shows and store design concepts. For our exhibition spaces and store designs, we use environmentally friendly raw materials and environmentally friendly production elements such as banners and displays.

The VAUDE Green Shape Campus

VAUDE Green Shape Campus - Certificate

To provide our dealers with factually well-founded information on sustainability themes, we regularly invite them to participate in our Green Shape Campus at the company headquarters in Obereisenbach. 

The goal is to provide a comprehensive body of knowledge on sustainability. This training is intended to help dealers be able to inform and advise their customers competently, to respond to difficult questions and to pass on the issues to colleagues in the trade.

The complete stay at VAUDE is aligned with our sustainability motto: participants stay in VAUDE's Tent City, all catering is regional and organic and the program takes place out in nature.

GRI:   103
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