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Sustainability summary

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

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Vaude sustainability score report

Last edited: 16 January 2015 by Mario
Last reviewed: 16 January 2015 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 4
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. 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
4. 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 4
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Vaude’s total summer collection 2014 consist out of 42% Green Shape labeled products (which are made of at least 90% of preferred materials). Around 38% of Vaude´s total collection is therefore made of preferred materials such as organic cotton, tencel, hemp, recycled cotton or pet. 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) have an environmental policy related to the ‘wet processes’ within the production cycle, like bleaching and dying of fabrics? 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

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

6 out of 8
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. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy? Vaude has a publicly available audit report on the Fair Wear Foundation website. See link. Source
8. Has the brand’s labor conditions policy resulted in a ‘compliance level’ of at least 30% of the purchase volume, or a ‘monitored level' of at least 80%? In 2013, 72% of Vaude's production volume was monitored. Whether at least 30% of Vaude's production volume was compliant according the CoC standards remains unclear (see link, p. 3). Source