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Vaude
Top brand: Buy! Click here for score rapport: 27 out of 34

Sustainability summary

Vaude has achieved the A-Label. We therefore highly recommend Vaude’s jackets, pants and other outdoor & sports clothing. In the domain of climate protection Vaude scores points with their use of renewable energy. Regarding environmental protection, Vaude scores points for their collection that is partly made of environmentally friendly materials and / or bluesign® certified, and for their packaging and waste policies. As a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), Vaude is actively involved in improving the working conditions for its suppliers and reports transparently on the results. A list of suppliers has also been published.

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: 2 April 2019 by RSM - Students
Last reviewed: 3 April 2019 by Maarten

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

5 out of 6
1. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its 'own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Although VAUDE increased its own operations climate footprint from 494 tons of CO2e in 2016 to 529 tons of CO2e in 2017, it fully compensated these emissions through Gold Standard certifications. Source
2. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? VAUDE uses renewable energy for its electricity consumption in its own premises only. This energy is generated by its own solar panels (27%) and the remaining energy is purchased from a green electricity provider (LichtBlick). Source
3. 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 2. Source
4. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain that is 'beyond own operations'? VAUDE publishes an extended climate footprint of its German headquarters for 2017, but it does not publish the footprint of its entire supply chain (see present link and link Climate question 1). Source
5. Has the brand (owner) accomplished a reduction of this annual absolute climate footprint 'beyond own operations' compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Even though VAUDE's extended climate footprint has increased from 4,422 tons of CO2e in 2016 to 4,523 tons of CO2e in 2017, it has fully offset these emissions through Gold Standard certifications and, beyond that, with a reforestation project in Costa Rica. VAUDE also reports on a supplier training programme saving 5000 tons CO2 annually. Source
6. Has the brand (owner) set a target to make at least its own operations fully climate neutral by 2030, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? VAUDE has already reduced its annual greenhouse gas emissions to a minimum, namely by using renewable energy for all its own operations, and by compensation of inevitable emissions through credible carbon offset programs. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

8 out of 12
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? More than 95% of VAUDE's collection is certified with its inhouse Green Shape label. Although the exact percentage of environmentally preferred materials such as organic cotton, Tencil and recycled materials is difficult to determine, a share of at least 40% can be considered certain (see present link and link next two questions). 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? The company clearly reports that at least one of the above mentioned chemical groups (PFC) is completely eliminated from its apparel production (see also link next question: VAUDE's responses to Greenpeace's Detox survey). 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? The company clearly reports that at least one of the above mentioned chemical groups (PFC) is completely eliminated from its apparel production (see also link previous two questions). Whether or not more than one suspect chemical groups are completely phased out from their global supply chain and products remains unclear. Source
10. Does the brand (owner) report what percentage of its consumer packaging materials are renewable or made from recycled materials, and does the brand implement best practices or concrete policies which have reduced the environmental impact of their packaging materials? VAUDE breaks down all of its packaging materials by whether they are renewable, and reports that it sources only FSC-certified and recycled paper. Source
11. Does the brand (owner) publish its absolute waste materials footprint and implement concrete policies to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, thereby decreasing its waste footprint compared to the previous reporting year? VAUDE reports an annual residual waste footprint of 35 tons in 2017, which is an 18.6% reduction compared to 2016. Source
12. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? VAUDE has a second-use shop on ebay for re-commerce and also offers instructions to customers to repair products and encourages customers to visit a repair café, where they only have to pay for their materials used and receive assistance in repairing the products. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

14 out of 16
1. Does the brand (owner) have a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) which includes all standards to ensure workers' rights such as no child labour, no bonded labour, a safe workplace and no excessive overwork? And is there at least a progress report once every two years on implementation of this Code of Conduct? As a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), VAUDE adheres to the FWF Code of Labour Practices, which includes all these standards. Together with FWF, they publish a bi-annual report with a summary about social compliance in the supply chain, including labour conditions at suppliers. Source
2. Does the brand (owner) have a policy to make sure there is a proper grievance mechanism in place for factory workers and are at least 25% of workers informed about their rights regarding this mechanism (e.g. through training)? Vaude is member of Fair Wear Foundation, which requires complaints procedures within factories and provides off-site complaints handlers as well. While only 10-20% of workers were trained about these complaint procedures, at 88% of VAUDE's production sites at least 50% of the workers are familiar with the Code Of Labor Practices. Source
3. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? VAUDE has published a manufacturer list effective by 2017. Source
4. Is this supplier list specific? Are e.g. the addresses of direct suppliers included, and/or are the specific products mentioned per factory? VAUDE has published a list of direct suppliers that are likely to cover 90% of its total production, effective by 2017 including the full addresses / products that were made in each factory. Source
5.  Is the list of direct suppliers extended with suppliers further down the supply chain, with a minimum of 40% in number compared to the direct suppliers? VAUDE also publishes a list of suppliers further down the supply chain. Source
6. Is the brand (owner) a member of a collective initiative that aims to improve labor conditions, in which civil society organizations like NGOs and labor unions have a decisive voice, or does the brand purchase at least 50% from certified manufacturers with improved labor conditions? VAUDE is member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). Source
7. Does this initiative require clear minimum performance levels for member brands? Fair Wear Foundation has certain basic requirements that need to be upheld by all its members, otherwise they will be suspended for a minimum of 1 year (see link, page 5). Source
8. Is at least 25% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? 100% of VAUDE's production facilities in high risk countries, including subcontractors, are audited by FWF (see present link and link next question). Source
9. Is at least 50% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
10. Is at least 75% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
11. Is at least 95% of the total production volume at direct suppliers verified under monitoring concerning good labour conditions? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
12. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy for the leather, yarn and fabric production phases, including a reasonable overview of the number and region of workplaces covered by the policy in relation to the total production volume? VAUDE has started looking more deeply into their supply chain by inspecting material suppliers that cover in total 80% of its production volume, but it gives insufficient information about the grievance procedures, capacity building efforts, non-compliance findings and remediation efforts and strategies per region of workplace. Source
13. Does the brand (owner) publicly commit to a living wage benchmark with defined wages per production region or factory? VAUDE has given an overview of its production countries and has committed to implement the Anker living wage benchmark where available. Source
14. Does the brand (owner) set a target to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? VAUDE implements measures to achieve living wage payments at its apparel manufacturers, but has not been given the 'Advanced approach' status by Fair Wear Foundation (see link, page 13). Source
15. Has the brand (owner) realised payment of living wages for at least 10% of its production volume? According to the FWF, for four factories in Vietnam VAUDE has paid a mode regular wage for sewing operators that is above most of the living wage estimates (see link, page 13). This is likely to represent substantially more than 10% of its production volume (see link next question). Source
16. Does the brand (owner) adhere to buying practices that enable living wages and good labour conditions, such as long-term relations with factories, and concentrating production at limited number of factories? Nearly 80% of VAUDE's partnerships with production facilities exist for at least 5 years. Source