Vaude Sport GmbH &; Co KG

The German mountain sports supplier VAUDE joined Fair Wear Foundation on 15 November, 2010.

The German mountain sports supplier VAUDE joined Fair Wear Foundation on 15 November, 2010.

Brand Performance Check 2019

Vaude met most of FWF’s management system requirements to improve working conditions. Vaude monitored an impressive 100% of its total purchasing volume, which is well above the 80% required of brands in 3+ years of membership. Combined with a benchmarking score of 88, Vaude comfortably maintains its ‘Leader’ status.

Vaude has made significant progress in consolidating its supplier base. At 78% of its suppliers, Vaude accounts for more than 10% of the production capacity. Eighty percent of Vaude’s total FOB volume comes from suppliers with which Vaude enjoys a long-term business relation (exceeding five years).

Vaude has established strong, integrated systems at the company level. Due to the presence of full-time staff in Asia and frequent visits by Vaude staff to the production sites, Vaude possesses in-depth knowledge about its production sites. The monitoring and remediation of findings at the production sites is a joint effort by all staff members in close contact with these sites.

As (excessive) overtime remains a common labour violation, FWF recommends cooperating with other customers when trying to mitigate excessive overtime hours. It is also recommended to regard excessive overtime, or Sunday work, as a critical non-compliance, that warrants urgent follow-up.

Vaude analyzed and compared all FWF wage ladders from the audited factories. A detailed analysis has been made by comparing wage levels per factory with living wage benchmarks of the Asia Floor Wage and Global Living Wage Coalition (also referred to as the Anker benchmark). Vaude’s research found that mode regular wages of sewing operators at its factories in Vietnam are close to or above the Anker benchmark.

However, Vaude is not able to substantiate a clear link between the wages paid to workers and the FOB prices paid to factories. When Vaude is able to investigate further and determine more precisely the labour costs for its products, it should have a better understanding whether Vaude’s FOB prices support payment of living wages. This could then form the basis for discussion with management at suppliers where Vaude has high leverage, to move towards payment of living wages.

 

Score: 88

Percentage under monitoring: 100%

Category: Leader

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