The German mountain sports supplier VAUDE joined Fair Wear Foundation on 15 November, 2010.
Brand Performance Check 2016
VAUDE has implemented most of FWF’s management system requirements and goes beyond some. The company has consolidated its supplier base in the
past 3 years, limiting itself to a selected number of nominated suppliers in China and Vietnam.
A structured and detailed evaluation of suppliers forms a crucial basis for sourcing decisions. With audits conducted by FWF teams, meeting monitoring
requirements for production sites in low risk countries, and conducting audits in countries where FWF is not active, VAUDE has been able to bring its
monitoring threshold to 99% of its 2015 production volume, which meets FWF requirements for brands at 3+ years of membership. VAUDE has established
strong, integrated systems at company level. Due to full-time staff in Asia and frequent travels from VAUDE staff to the production sites, VAUDE’s CSR team has in-depth knowledge about its production sites. Monitoring and remediation of findings at the production sites is a joint effort of all staff in close contact with the production sites.
VAUDE has identified working hours, wages and freedom of association as the biggest challenges specific to their supply chain. In 2015 VAUDE has
conducted a wage and overtime analyses which enabled the company to set priorities and address the root causes of the findings. To address the challenge of freedom of association, VAUDE has enrolled 15 of its suppliers in China and Vietnam in FWF’s Workplace Education Programme.
VAUDE adequately responded to complaints filed by workers and has particularly been active in remediating problems found at a Turkish supplier.
In Myanmar, VAUDE implemented the EU SMART project that included factory training programmes. In addition, VAUDE found a temporary local complaints
handler and collected and analysed wage data of their supplier.
VAUDE reports comprehensively about their sustainability efforts through the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework.
Score: 94 Percentage under monitoring: 99% Category: Leader