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2017 Sustainability Report
published 2018/08/01

Who are our stakeholders?

Stakeholders are people or groups that are affected by our business activities or who influence us. This includes quite a number of people. This is why we have made a comprehensive analysis of our stakeholders and prioritized them.

Broad spectrum of stakeholders

To determine the key aspects covered in this report, we have prioritized our various stakeholders. Priority 1 was given to stakeholders with a high impact on our work and/or who are strongly influenced by our work.


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GRI:   102-40
List of stakeholder groups
GRI:   102-43
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Stakeholder Categories Key Concern Inclusion Priority

Obereisenbach employees

VAUDE internal

  • Balance of professional and private life 
  • Safe workplace 
  • Adequate payment 
  • Advancement opportunities 
  • Sustainable personnel development 
  • Trust 
  • Independent work Good workplace (ergonomics, lighting, industrials safety, fire protection) 
  • Health promotion Internal communication 
  • Flow of information, transparency 
  • Leadership style 
  • Clear and meaningful goals
  • Good corporate image
  • Employee talks 
  • Quarterly exchanges 
  • Meetings 
  • Company feedback program 
  • Dialo between management and employees 
  • Intranet 
  • Employee surveys
  • Interface analysis 
  • SWOT analysis

1

Shareholders

VAUDE internal

  • Regular reporting
  • Reliable figures 
  • Easy to understand presentations 
  • Responsible business Profit expectation 
  • Economic performance 
  • Strong, future-oriented innovation
  • Regular reporting
  • Shareholder meetings 
  • Presentation of company objectives and results 
  • Visits to trade fairs

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Subsidiaries (Sales office in Spain, Franchise GmbH, Shanghai office)

VAUDE internal

  • Clear goals and objectives 
  • Reliable communication 
  • Security 
  • Stability 
  • Timely coordination
  • Regular reporting 
  • Voting 
  • Timely communication

1

Suppliers (Fabrics and accessories)

Suppliers

  • Clear goals and objectives 
  • Timely payments 
  • Good flow of information 
  • Adequate quantities and prices 
  • Procurement management
  • No involvement, since no direct contact thus far 
  • Establishment of contact by the team materials

1

Producers

Suppliers

  • Long-term, collaborative relationship
  • VAUDE solvency 
  • Clear guidelines, flow of information
  • Functioning procurement management (utilization, disposition) 
  • Assistance in implementation of social and environmental demands
  • FWF Audits 
  • Regular visits
  • Discussions with VAUDE QC Team 
  • Annual meetings with the VAUDE production management 
  • Annual producer assessment and discussions with top management 
  • Training on labor laws and responsibilities S
  • Spport from on-site employees

1

Banks

Creditors

  • Compliance with our covenants / agreements 
  • Regular reporting 
  • Reliability – completeness of figures 
  • Liquidity tests Long-term corporate planning 
  • Regular, open direct information 
  • Risk management 
  • Information on corporate decision making
  • Regular reporting 
  • Current communication 
  • Bank reports 
  • Annual “Bank Rounds” with a theme-based presentation

1

End customers

Customers

  • Products free from harmful substances 
  • Fairly produced products 
  • Good value for money 
  • High performance / quality 
  • Low carbon footprint 
  • Modern (stylish) products 
  • Products that support lifestyle choices 
  • Transparency 
  • Credibility 
  • Transparent products 
  • Corporate climate 
  • Anti-corruption measures
  • Responsibility for information requests von (i.e. Facebook, e-mail etc.) 
  • Surveys

1

Retailers

Customers

  • Good margins / good discounts 
  • Good image 
  • Brand awareness / demand 
  • High quality Credibility of statements 
  • Fair personal contact 
  • High level of service (product level, sales support level, sustainability) 
  • Active sales support 
  • Ability to deliver 
  • Flow of information (on sustainability issues)
  • Partnership 
  • Transparent information
  • Benchmarking study 
  • Personal interviews 
  • Templates 
  • Trade fairs 
  • Annual talks with sales representative, division heads, and partially executives

1

CCC, CIR, Inkota, Greenpeace,WWF, DAV, EOCA

NGO Social and Environmental

  • Transparency 
  • Credibility 
  • Debate on critical topics 
  • Partner for expert advice and marketing (WWF)
  • Dialog 
  • Conferences 
  • Working groups

2

Regional council, District administration, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
tax and revenue office, Customs, Federal Environmental Agency, social insurers
bluesign® system, FWF, myclimate, EMAS, ISO, TÜV, DGNB

Authorities

  • Compliance

  • Contacts 
  • Dialog 
  • Ad hoc and project based consultations

2

bluesign® system, FWF, myclimate, EMAS, ISO, TÜV, DGNB

External audits, Monitoring systems

  • Collaborations regulated with contracts (services) 
  • Credibility 
  • Fulfillment of legally set objectives 
  • Transparency Honest commitment 
  • Better cooperation between business and producer 
  • Improvement of working conditions for workers 
  • Assumption of responsibility by brand 
  • Cross-brand collaborations 
  • Compliance with 
  • CoC and the “living wage” 
  • Database, reliable figures
  • Reduction of climate burden 
  • Compliance
  • bluesign® system: Contracts, BSSL, Audits, Conferences, Work Groups 
  • FWF: annual “Performance Check”, CAP annual update 
  • myclimate: annual carbon footprint , various talks, meetings and audits

2

EOG, BSI, FESI, OIA, SAC

Associations (with and without membership)

  • Exchanges on relevant brand issues 
  • Development of common positions and approaches 
  • Expectations on the subject of sustainability: Expectations on sustainability issues: information sources, a pioneer, driving source for environmental social issues 
  • Cooperations on sustainability aspects on a sector-political level
  • Working groups 
  • Conferences 
  • Dialog 
  • Collaborations

2

Municipality, County

State

  • Transparency 
  • Communicative exchanges 
  • Low emissions (noise, harmful substances, traffic, waste, wastewater)  
  • Business tax revenues 
  • Active in local issues (biodiversity) 
  • Acceptance of municipal tasks: Kinderhaus, local swimming pool 
  • Provision of attractive workplaces 
  • Cooperation on transport concepts 
  • Traffic planning 
  • Local development 
  • Promotion of local business 
  • Environmental protection
  • Community events 
  • Inform community abut developments at 
  • VAUDE Personal contact to mayor 
  • Tours of the company 
  • Working groups

2

Government (national, state), politics

State

  • Balancing professional and private life (part-time quota, women in part-time management positions, high birthrate) 
  • Diversity, equal opportunity (foreigners, women) 
  • Mobility concept 
  • Energy transition 
  • Sustainability 
  • Companies in the community (civic engagement) 
  • Biodiversity 
  • Input and experience exchange on economic and sustainability topics

  • Dialogs with politicians on a national and regional level

2

Athleten, WWF, DAV

Sponsoring partner

  • Performance 
  • Transparency 
  • Credibility 
  • Positives image Brand awareness 
  • Sustainability

  • Events Dialog

• a combination thereof with at least 35 percent Tencel® or hemp

Institutions (IHK, family net, Career and Family)

Community

  • Innovative employer 
  • Impulse/example 
  • Attractive employer

  • Personal contact within committees

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Media

Media

  • Reporting transparency

  • Contacts 
  • Dialog 
  • Interviews

3

Universities, Colleges

Community

  • Attractive employer 
  • Internships and master degree positions 
  • Continuing education with external input

  • College contact program

3

Social institutions i.e. workshops for developmentally disabled

Community

  • Sustainability 
  • Sustainability: diversity (employees with placement constraints)

 

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