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Vaude
Well on the way Click here for score rapport: 20 out of 31

Sustainability summary

Vaude has achieved the B-label. With this score, Vaude is the leader of its sector and one of the more sustainable Outdoor & Sport clothing brands Vaude. Vaude got points for reducing its climate emissions, using 100% green electricity for its own operations and policies to reduce harmful substances, waste and packaging materials. The brand is also a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), which shows it is taking the improvement of labour conditions in low wage countries seriously.

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: 15 September 2016 by Mario
Last reviewed: 15 September 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

5 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? VAUDE implements several measures to reduce its climate footprint, such as energy efficiency measures or use the 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 (Scope 1-3) from 3.704 tons of CO2e in 2011 to 3.074 tons of CO2e in 2015. This represents a decrease of around 17%. 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 a 100% renewable energy use on total electricity consumption. This is generated on-site (photovoltaic, >77% calculated proportion), or purchased by a green electricity provider (Lichtblick). 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. Vaude has used 100% renewable energy since 2009. In 2015 one of their factories burned down after a lightening strike, forcing them to temporarily re-locate. This led to a temporary drop to 90% renewable supply however. 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 greenhouse gas emission reductions applicable for all its operations 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)? For 2015 and 2016 VAUDE publishes an overview of material suppliers which are bluesign® certified. VAUDE admits however, that gathering concrete emission data from its suppliers remains a challenge yet. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

5 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? VAUDE’s total apparel winter collection 2016 consists out of 69% (summer 2017, 86%) “Green Shape” labeled products (at least bluesign® approved fabric, organic cotton and / or e.g. recycled materials). A preferred raw materials use of more than 5% is certain. Its actual share per material type should be specified better however. 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 aims to 'Detox', has standards for wastewater treatment in the production of all their products, publishes its MRSL, and gives an annual overview of the progress (e.g. share of bluesign® approved suppliers). Source
8. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or Per fluorinated chemicals from its entire garment production? 95% of VAUDE's apparel summer collection 2017 will be PFC-free. 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 implements measures to minimize the environmental impact of its sales packaging, such as using FSC certified cardboard. In 2015, around 60 tons of sales packaging materials were put into circulation. 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 material footprint. Also, aggregate results regarding its residual waste materials footprint for 2015, and previous year, are made public. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? VAUDE will repair products during their guarantee period, re-sell as grade B or donate to “FairWertung” where possible. It promotes selling products as second hand goods if no longer needed through an Ebay Re-commerce site. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

10 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. 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. 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 publishes a list of direct suppliers, effective by 2016. 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 (FWF). 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 (FWF), 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 does not report whether measures at its supplying production facilities are implemented to achieve improved labour practices with respect to product and / or production process quality. 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 2015 99% 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's labour conditions policy for apparel manufacturers is rated with the 'Leader' status by 'Fair Wear Foundation' (FWF) (see link, page 3). 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 measures to achieve the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers. According to FWF first payments on living wage level are realized, namely at one factory in Viet nam (see link, page 12-13). 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 measures to improve labor conditions at its fabric manufacturers, nor does it clearly state that any audits are carried out to verify its labour rights policy is being followed. 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. However, around 8% of VAUDE's fabric manufacturers are located in low-risk countries, namely: Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Source