- "Germany's most sustainable outdoor brand" -

Vaude

  • Achievments:
  • Responsible Down Standard

    • Responsible Down Standard
    • The Responsible Down Standard is an independent, voluntary global standard, which means that companies can choose to certify their products to the RDS, even if there is no legislation requiring them to do so. The RDS was developed over three years in close corporation with animal welfare organizations, industry experts, down suppliers, brands and retailers. The standard recognizes the best practices in animal welfare, and excludes those that violate the animal’s well being; live-plucking and force-feeding are strictly prohibited. The RDS is the most widely used animal welfare standard for down and feathers in the outdoor industry and continues to grow in home and bedding products.
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  • GRI-Global Reporting Initiative

    • GRI-Global Reporting Initiative
    • About GRI GRI is an international independent organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others.
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  • bluesign® System Partner

    • bluesign® System Partner
    • The bluesign® system - Managing Inputs. Responsible Actions. The bluesign® system reduces the environmental impact concerning the entire textile supply chain. With its holistic approach the Input Stream Management provides an efficient solution for chemical suppliers, textile and accessories manufacturer as well as fashion brands. Stating the principles and monitoring the implementation of the bluesign® system, bluesign technologies ag encourages the textile industry to increase their efforts in sustainable processes.
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  • Fair Wear Foundation Leader Status

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  • Bündnis für nachhaltige Textilien

    • Bündnis für nachhaltige Textilien
    • Das Bündnis für nachhaltige Textilien wurde am 16.10.2014 gegründet. Die Multi-Stakeholder Initiative, bestehend aus Vertreterinnen und Vertretern der Wirtschaft, Zivilgesellschaft, Standardorganisationen und Gewerkschaften, wird die Kraft und Expertise seiner Mitglieder bündeln, um soziale, ökologische und ökonomische Verbesserungen entlang der Textillieferkette zu erreichen. Dabei zielt das Textilbündnis darauf ab, gemeinsame Herausforderungen effektiver zu lösen, Synergien in gemeinsamen Projekten vor Ort zu nutzen, voneinander zu lernen und so Rahmenbedingungen in den Produktionsländern zu verbessern.
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  • Green Shape

GRV Statement

Vaude has a strong vision of corporate responsibility in the outdoor industry. It is defined with clear-cut guidelines and communicated openly. There is a CSR team with members from all company divisions as a driving force ensuring that sustainability issues are anchored throughout the company. One of the strongest points of Vaudes environmental and social management is their force in reporting. Not only are they reporting according to all available guidelines and standards (GRI, EMAS and Fair Wear), they have also made this background insight available in a very consumer friendly and accessible way on their website.

° CSR topics and solutions are part of every day decision making amongst all employees and management ° bluesign® system partner and Fair Wear Member with “Leader Status”

° Excellent environmental reporting to all relevant standards (GRI, EMAS, Fair Wear)° Using the Higg Index to measure and prevent impact in the supply chain

° Tightened criteria on Vaude’s own «Green Shape»

We are dedicated to making y(our) world a better place. So we incorporate our economic goals in terms of CSR with social and environmental responsibility. We have our efforts and successes verified: by EMAS, FWF and since 2014 by a sustainability report, with the use of the GRI-G4 guidelines. VAUDE stands for respect in all its interaction with others and the nature around us. We have set our sight on becoming Europe’s most sustainable outdoor brand, so that sportsmen and women of today, and those to come, can enjoy nature to the fullest. We are pioneers in this way, challenging conventions and pushing the limits of the possible. — Antje von Dewitz, Owner

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  • Certified by:
    • EMAS
    • The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a premium management instrument developed by the European Commission for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report, and improve their environmental performance. EMAS is open to every type of organisation eager to improve its environmental performance. It spans all economic and service sectors and is applicable worldwide.
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    • GRI-Global Reporting Initiative
    • About GRI GRI is an international independent organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others.
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    • bluesign® System Partner
    • The bluesign® system - Managing Inputs. Responsible Actions. The bluesign® system reduces the environmental impact concerning the entire textile supply chain. With its holistic approach the Input Stream Management provides an efficient solution for chemical suppliers, textile and accessories manufacturer as well as fashion brands. Stating the principles and monitoring the implementation of the bluesign® system, bluesign technologies ag encourages the textile industry to increase their efforts in sustainable processes.
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    • Fair Wear Foundation
    • There is no single solution for workplace injustice. There are many and at FWF we find that solutions work best when combined. Poor labour conditions can only be solved through multi-faceted solutions. The FWF approach brings together the key components needed for sustainable change. It means companies work step-by-step to improve conditions in their supply chains. It also means cooperation among a slew of stakeholders, and accountability among all of us. When fully executed, the FWF approach means results. FWF restricts its focus to those phases of production where sewing is the main manufacturing process. These are among the most labour-intensive phases of the production process. It is also the stage of production where many labour problems are found, and where effective remedies can positively impact the lives of millions of workers. FWF’s focus means that its staff has advanced and specialised knowledge of industry practice and trends. Focus also enables FWF to concentrate on building strong working relationships with those local and international stakeholders who, themselves, specialise in garments and textiles – a keystone for sustainable change in the industry.
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GRV Transparency ToolVaude

 

2017

Management
Commitment
Products

Brand Management

  • CSR topics and solutions are part of every day decision making amongst all employees and management.
  • bluesign® System Partner and Fair Wear Member with «Leader» status.
  • CO2 compensation of headoffice and travel through MyClimate, support of WWF Germany and DAV.
  • End of Use is handled with the German «FAIR-wertung», own eBay account for used Vaude products and thorough consumer advice.

Brand Commitment

  • Excellent environmental reporting to all relevant standards (GRI, EMAS, Fair Wear Foundation)
  • Vaude is part of the SME pilot project with the Higg Index to gain knowledge on impact measurement in the supply chain and product design.
  • Vaude’s own “Green Shape” criteria have been updated to follow more stringent guidelines.
  • Engagement in numerous multi-stakeholder groups like EOG, SAC, Textil Bündniss, etc.

Products

  • Vaude’s own «Green Shape» criteria include labels such as bluesign® approved, GOTS, Oeko-Tex.
  • Natural materials are Organic Cotton, Hemp and «Responsible Down Standard» certified down, guaranteeing sound animal welfare and traceability.
  • Vaude is also using recycled materials, biobased materials and eco-friendly dyes.
  • A «Green Shape» product has no hasardous substances and controversial technologies, like Nano technology and Flour chemistry.
  • Brand Management
  • Brand Commitment
  • Products

Brand Management for us at GRV means to look at all the issues, which are directly controlled and integrated by the Brand’s Management towards business and supply chain strategy as a whole.

Brand Commitment for us at GRV means to look at the pro-active efforts towards sustainable development on all levels like the % of „sustainable product“ lines within the whole portfolio, their investment in life cycle assessments and public reporting, as key indicators of the Brands engagement towards a responsible business.

On this level GRV is looking at product related information, like material content, supply chain and certification. Guarantee and end of use advice is also an important aspect. At the moment, GRV is looking at selected highlight product from different product lines, which show the special sustainable efforts of the brand.

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  • EHS/CSR Staff

    Vaude has a strong vision of corporate responsibility in the outdoor industry. It is defined with clear-cut guidelines and communicated openly. There is a team ...more

    Vaude has a strong vision of corporate responsibility in the outdoor industry. It is defined with clear-cut guidelines and communicated openly. There is a team working on sustainable solutions for the whole company, and this subject is part of their everyday decision-making.
    Staff in leading positions, like product managers, are financially rewarded if they increase their % of “green shape” products (see COMMITMENT).

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  • Certificates

    Vaude is a bluesign® system partner, has brand „leader status“ at Fair Wear Foundation, and is EMAS certified. Being a family owned medium size business, ...more

    Vaude is a bluesign® system partner, has brand „leader status“ at Fair Wear Foundation, and is EMAS certified. Being a family owned medium size business, lead and directed by a strong female leadership with a focus on sustainability, Vaude holds numerous other certification and German sustainability awards.

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  • Emission Management & Product Transport

    Vaude compensates all climate emissions for their head office in Tettnang, staff travel, as well as all product transportation through MyClimate.

  • Environmental & Social Projects

    Vaude supports the DAV (German Alpine Club) and environmental projects through WWF Germany with considerable financial means. At it’s headquarters, but also internationally, Vaude ...more

    Vaude supports the DAV (German Alpine Club) and environmental projects through WWF Germany with considerable financial means.
    At it’s headquarters, but also internationally, Vaude is concerned with it’s social impact. At “home” they have child-care and support a family oriented working environment. Internationally, they are working together with Fair Wear Foundation to improve working conditions with a focus on Vietnam and China, as their principal manufacturing locations.

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  • Material Program & Testing

    Vaude is currently part of SAC’s Small Medium Enterprise (SME) Brand pilot which will run for two years. Vaude has chosen to incorporate Brand Modules and Facility Modules of the HIGG index (SAC).

  • Sourcing Philosophy

    Vaude know and manage the chemicals in their supply chain by using a restricted substance list in compliance with the bluesign® system and have a ...more

    Vaude know and manage the chemicals in their supply chain by using a restricted substance list in compliance with the bluesign® system and have a clear stance towards the use of PFC’s. They have signed the Greenpeace Detox Commitment.

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  • Design Process

    Vaude is increasing Green Shape products on a yearly basis. They focuses to balance technical performance with ecological impact.For example only using PFC’s, ...more

    Vaude is increasing Green Shape products on a yearly basis. They focuses to balance technical performance with ecological impact.For example only using PFC’s, where so far no other chemical alternative have been found for the same performance. The products without PFC’s are equipped with the so called „Eco Finish“. Vaude has committed to fade out all PFC’s.

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  • Repair

    Vaude has it’s own repair center, which is closely linked to research and development.

  • End of Use

    On the subject of End of Use, VAUDE is working together with FAIRwertung. All returns of the customers (unless repaired and send back to the ...more

    On the subject of End of Use, VAUDE is working together with FAIRwertung. All returns of the customers (unless repaired and send back to the original owner) enter into this well managed process: the garments will either be still worn 2nd hand, send to people in need, what can be recycled, enters the recycling stream, and what needs to be destroyed is shredded and incinerated.
    Vaude has also opened an eBay shop for their customers to re-sell garments, which they don’t need anymore. They also make an effort to give thorough DIY repair, Use & Care information to their customers via website.

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  • Reporting

    One of the strongest points of Vaude’s environmental and social management is their force in reporting. Not only are they reporting according to all ...more

    One of the strongest points of Vaude’s environmental and social management is their force in reporting. Not only are they reporting according to all relevant guidelines and standards (GRI, EMAS and Fair Wear), they also have put in the work to make this background insight available in a very consumer friendly and accessible way on their website.
    Vaude claims to become Europe’s most sustainable outdoor brand – so their engagement and achievements need to be measurable.

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  • Share of “Environmentally Friendlier” Products

    In terms of commitment on the product side, Vaude has reworked their Green Shape criteria (see here for %), including a critical stance on hydrophobic treatments ...more

    In terms of commitment on the product side, Vaude has reworked their Green Shape criteria (see here for %), including a critical stance on hydrophobic treatments and integration of recyclability:
    A product is called green shape, when it meets the conditions of a „bluesign® product“, when it’s dyed with Vaude eColour, when it is made of at least 90% environmentally friendly materials such as:
    • bluesign® approved fabric
    • organic cotton
    • recycled materials
    • a combination of those with at least 35% Tencel® or hemp
    • free of PFC’s, genethenology and nanotechnology (Coming 2016/17)
    Statement by Vaude: “For each and every product, we need to find the right balance between performance and ecology. This is not always easy: outdoor products’ functionality tends to depend upon the use of synthetic materials and chemical finishes. Our challenge is to reduce the environmental impact of these materials and finishes as much as possible – through the use of clever designs, more environmentally friendly raw materials, and innovative technologies in production, processing and maintenance.”

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  • Share of “Socially Responsible” Products

    On the social side, Vaude works together with Fair Wear Foundation and has become a “leader” in their Brand Performance Check, which is the highest possible result.

  • Common Welfare Investment

    Vaude takes part in the round tables for the Responsible Down Standard by Textile Exchange as a multi stakeholder initiative and has certified RDS Down ...more

    Vaude takes part in the round tables for the Responsible Down Standard by Textile Exchange as a multi stakeholder initiative and has certified RDS Down since the winter collection 2015/16.
    Hilke Patzwall, who is in charge of sustainability, also takes part in the EOG environmental groups. Jan Lorch, Head of Sales and CSR in the Vaude management board is member of the EOG Sustainability Advisory Counsel.

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  • Credibility

    Vaude received the highest honors at the prestigious German Sustainability Award and is elated with being named “Germany’s Most Sustainable Brand”. This prize, which ...more

    Vaude received the highest honors at the prestigious German Sustainability Award and is elated with being named “Germany’s Most Sustainable Brand”. This prize, which ranks among the most prestigious awards of its kind in Europe, is awarded by the German Sustainability Award Foundation e.V. in cooperation with the federal government under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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  • Important Milestones

    Important milestones for VAUDE on its way toward making the entire supply chain environmentally-friendly, socially-responsible and transparent: 2016 Around 80 percent of VAUDE apparel collection bears the ...more

    Important milestones for VAUDE on its way toward making the entire supply chain environmentally-friendly, socially-responsible and transparent:

    2016 Around 80 percent of VAUDE apparel collection bears the VAUDE Green Shape label, which guarantees that the products feature environmentally friendly manufacturing under fair working conditions.

    2015 Launch of the „Environmental Stewardship in the Supply Chain“ project

    2015 Detox Commitment: VAUDE is committed to eliminating all the harmful substances from the supply chain and applying the strict Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL) for all production processes by 2020.

    2015 VAUDE earns Leader Status at the fair Wear Foundation (FWF).

    2014 VAUDE is a founding member of the „Alliance for Sustainable Textiles“.

    2010 VAUDE begins eliminating its use of PFCs and organizing

    RSL (Restricted Substance List) trainings for producers.

    2010 VAUDE introduces the strict review system Green Shape featuring environmentally friendly products.

    2010 VAUDE becomes a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF).

    2008 Certification of environmental management in accordance with EMAS and ISO 14001

    2001 VAUDE works closely with the bluesign® System.

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  • Intro

    VAUDE is a long term partner of GRV. Since 2014 GRV looks at at least six products a year. In 2017, GRV is starting with three highlight and bestseller products for the summer season 2017

  • Summer 2017

    Zebru UL 3L Jacket,
    Dronning Jacket and Arendal T-Shirt

Vaude was founded 1974 by Albrecht von Dewitz in Tettnang/ Germany. The family owned business has 1600 employees and is best know for: Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, Tents, Bike Wear and Sleeping Bags

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