Vaude Performance Check 2017


VAUDE has implemented most of FWF’s management system requirements and has even gone above and beyond in its efforts. The company has consolidated its supplier base in recent years, limiting itself to a select number of nominated suppliers in China and Vietnam.

A structured and detailed evaluation of suppliers forms a crucial basis for sourcing decisions. By 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 raise its monitoring threshold to 100% of its 2016 production volume, which meets FWF requirements for brands at 3+ years of membership.

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

VAUDE has identified working hours, wages, and freedom of association as the biggest challenges relevant to its supply chain. In 2016, VAUDE conducted a wage and overtime analysis, which enabled the company to set priorities and address the root causes of the findings. The outcomes of the study encouraged VAUDE to consolidate fabric suppliers even further, resulting in the ability to split production more equally over the year. Outcomes still need proofing during audits. VAUDE joined FWF’s Living Wage Incubator, which creates a unique opportunity for exploring living-wage payments at sample production sites while learning from other FWF member brands. To address the challenge of freedom of association, VAUDE has enrolled its bigger suppliers in China and Vietnam in FWF’s Workplace Education Programme. In Myanmar, VAUDE implemented the EU SMART project, which included factory training programmes. For this engagement, VAUDE got granted at the FWF Annual Conference in 2016, together with two other FWF member brands.

VAUDE adequately responded to complaints filed by workers and has particularly been active in remediating problems found at a Turkish supplier.

VAUDE reports comprehensively on its sustainability efforts through the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. VAUDE has published its production sites and the addresses of these online.


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