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Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 12 out of 31

Sustainability summary

Brand owner: VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co. KG
Head office: Obereisenback, Germany
Sector: Sport & outdoor clothing
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Dress, Shoes

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Vaude sustainability score report

Last edited: 26 June 2015 by Mario
Last reviewed: 26 June 2015 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Vaude has taken several policy measures to reduce or compensate carbon emissions, such as energy efficiency measures or use of renewable energy. Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? VAUDE has reduced its climate footprint of own operations from 3703.6 tons of CO2e in 2011 to 2925.4 tons of CO2e in 2013. This represents a decrease of around 21%. Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? VAUDE reports for 2013 to have used 100% renewable energy on total electricity consumption, but does not make clear from what kind of resource and supplier, and does not inform about the degree of additionality. Source
4. Is all the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Vaude does not communicate a clear time frame for carbon reductions applicable for all its production facilities within the next 5 years. Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations (Scope 3)? Vaude advocates environmentally friendly transportation and production means to its suppliers. However, no tangible results of achieved emission reductions beyond own operations are reported yet (see link). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

4 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? VAUDE’s total winter collection 2014 consisted out of 52% Green Shape labeled products (bluesign® approved fabric, organic cotton and / or recycled materials). A preferred raw materials use of more than 5% is certain, but VAUDE is not clear about the total ratio of preferred raw materials processed. Source
2. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 90% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures to make the clothes and footwear? VAUDE's clothing is bluesign® certified, which means that high standards are maintained for suitable chemical use and water policies during production. This certification is applicable to a part of VAUDE's collection. Source
8. Heeft het merk (bedrijf) tenminste 1 vervuilende groep chemicaliën, zoals ftalaten of geperfluoreerde chemicaliën, uit de kledingproductie geëlimineerd? VAUDE reports to become fully PFC-free across the entire collection no later than 2020. But, whether at least one other chemical group, such as Phthalates or APEOs, can be considered as fully eliminated from its entire production remains unclear. Source
9. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least three suspect chemical groups, such as Phthalates or Per fluorinated chemicals from its entire garment production? See remark for environmental policy question 8. Source
10. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of its shipping packaging and carrier bags, by reducing, re-using, recycling and responsible sourcing of packaging materials, and does the brand annually report on these results? VAUDE states to use for instance biodegradable plastic and FSC certified paper for its consumer packaging. However, VAUDE does not yet report on the annual results of its consumer packaging policy. Source
11. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? VAUDE implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its generated waste and aims to reduce its waste accumulation in kg per employee by 10% in 2015, compared to 2010. Furthermore, tangible aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint for 2013 are made public. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? In 1994 the VAUDE 'Ecolog Recycling Network' was established for the collection and recycling of VAUDE products, but is currently not accepting products for recycling. But, Vaude offers its customers the opportunity to make use of its repair service. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

6 out of 13
1. Does the brand (company) have a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) which includes the following standards: No forced or slave labor, no child labor, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace? Vaude is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). For Labour Standards FWF, see link for questions 2&3 below. In the Labour Standards all these standards are mentioned (standards 1,2,3,7). Source
2. Does this CoC include at least two of the following workers rights: 1. to have a formally registered employment relationship 2. to have a maximum working week of 48 hours with voluntary and paid overtime of 12 hours maximum 3. to have a sufficient living wage? In FWF Labour Standards: 1. Yes, legally-binding employment relationships; 2. Yes, maximum workweek of 48 hours, overtime (max 12 hours) is voluntary; 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment of living wages (see link standards 5,6,8). Source
3. Does this Code of Conduct include the right for workers to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively; and in those situations where these rights are restricted under law, the right to facilitate parallel means of independent and free association and bargaining? In FWF Labour Standards: This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions. Source
4. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Vaude does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers on its website. Source
5. Is the brand (company) a member of a collective initiative that aims to improve labor conditions, or does the brand (company) purchase its supplies from accredited factories with improved labor conditions? Vaude is member of the Fair Wear Foundation. Source
6. Do independent civil society organizations like NGO's and labor unions have a decisive voice in this collective initiative or in these certification schemes? Vaude is member of the Multi Stakeholder initiative Fair Wear Foundation, where independent NGO's are well represented. Source
7. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? VAUDE implements policy measures to improve labour practices at its apparel manufacturers, namely analysis of cost and time of production per style to ensure sufficient time for completing orders without resorting to overtime. However, tangible results, such as wages increased or working hours decreased, are not reported yet (see link, pages 8 –12). Source
8. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy? Is at least 90% of the brands production volume from apparel manufacturers monitored for labour conditions? VAUDE has a publicly available annual audit report by Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). By December 2014 96% of VAUDE's entire production was under monitoring on apparel manufacturer level (see link, page 15). Source
9. Is at least 25% of the production volume from apparel manufacturers approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FWF, GOTS or SA8000? VAUDE does not publicly report on results of its policies to improve labour conditions at its suppliers, which are verified by eligible third parties. But, effective by December 2014 at least 7% of its production volume was made in low risk countries in terms of weak labour conditions (see link, page 14). Source
10. Is at least 50% of the production volume from apparel manufacturers approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FWF, GOTS or SA8000? See remark for labor conditions policy question 9. Source
11. Does the brand (company) implement a policy to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers? Are at least first living wage payments realised? VAUDE implements policy measures to achieve the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers and has already achieved good intermediate results. But, none of the 16 audits conducted in 2014 showed evidence of living wages paid yet (see link, page 12). Source
12. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy for the fabric manufacturing phases, including a reasonable overview of the number and region of workplaces covered by the policy in relation to the total production volume? VAUDE does not publicly report clear results of its policy measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers. Source
13. Are at least 50% of the fabric manufacturing phases - from spinning to final fabric - approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FLO-Cert, GOTS or SA8000? See remark for labor conditions policy question 12. Source