We are taking initiative. Fair production is also possible in Asia.

 

Ever wondered why a large part of the VAUDE product range is manufactured in Asia, even though the quality of working conditions there is controversial? You might not be aware of it yet, but fair and ethical production is also possible in Asia.

 

Much of the textile industry has moved to Asia since the ’80s, and major textile production facilities no longer exist in Germany. And even if they did, the significantly higher labor costs in Europe would pose a major problem. Our VAUDE products would cost twice as much for you, our customers. We are certain that the decisive factor is not where production takes place – but how. In our fair production facilities, we are committed to fair wages in Asia and are ensuring good working conditions for the people who make your gear and apparel. The task isn’t always easy – but we are working to meet this challenge based on our convictions.

Fair & Partnership based

 

Are fair working conditions and fair wages important to you? This is exactly what we’re striving to ensure throughout our supply chain. And it’s why we at VAUDE are facing up to our social responsibility – not only with producers, but also with their subcontractors and suppliers. We carefully select our partners for our fair production and require compliance with clearly defined environmental and social standards. We also require all our producers to pay their employees a living wage. We want to set a good example and be resolute in our actions so that your VAUDE products are produced under fair conditions.

At the VAUDE company headquarters in Tettnang, employees are supported in their quest to balance work and private life, through flexible working time models, home office, occupational health management, climbing and yoga classes, a gear lending pool and much more. VAUDE is also independently certified by the Familie und Beruf® Audit (Family and Working Life).

The Fair Wear Foundation

The Fair Wear Foundation is one of the most recognized and strictest standards in the field of social responsibility. This independent organization focuses primarily on the supply chain sewing industry, where labour-intensive processes take place and a large number of workers can be reached. Fair Wear Foundation therefore regularly carries out audits of individual production facilities.

 

VAUDE reached the highest possible performance category as “Leader”. This status is attained when companies have at least 90% of their total production manufactured in facilities that are monitored in accordance with FWF requirements.

“At this year’s Brand Performance Check (BPC) by the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), VAUDE achieved an audit rate of 100 % and a Benchmark Score of 94 % giving this mountain sports supplier from Tettnang the best rating of all member companies at the present time. These excellent results validate VAUDE’s position as a “Leader”; the company remains one of the few brands to have achieved this best possible category at the FWF.”

-Stefanie Karl, Fair Wear Foundation