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Work properly: Environmental and social standards also for subcontractors


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Chemical and environmental management
Social standards & living wages

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Environmental pollution and precarious employment conditions in textile production continue to pose a challenge in developing and emerging countries. Although retailers and manufacturers influence their direct suppliers, this is more difficult in the upstream production stages, where there are no direct business relationships. However, this is precisely where many resource-intensive processes that pollute the environment through the use of chemicals take place.

VAUDE entered into a development partnership with DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH - with the aim of also reaching the deeper levels of the supply chain. As part of the project, Tier 2 suppliers in Vietnam, China and Taiwan were sensitised to the importance of sustainable production and business practices in training sessions. In addition, they received training in the independent implementation of measures in operational environmental management and social standards. The focus was on cooperation with their own subcontractors.

"We have gone from being a customer to a partner to our suppliers."

Interview with Bettina Roth, Head of Quality and Chemicals Management/CSR at VAUDE

Further information

PDF: From sewing threads to jackets, Publisher: VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co. KG

PDF: Environmental Stewardship Programm für Lieferanten, Publisher: VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co. KG

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