Eight material manufacturers for outdoor clothing and equipment from Asia are taking part in the project. The environmental managers of the participating companies share their practical experience gained from the implementation of environmental protection measures in seminars and workshops and work on solutions together with the VAUDE and Arqum experts to reduce environmental impacts along the textile supply chain. The topics that are dealt with have a high level of relevance within the industry and include aspects such as the chemicals safety, energy and resource efficiency, environmental management systems, social standards and sustainability management. In addition, Arqum is developing concrete measures to improve the environmental performance of the participating companies as part of site-specific environmental consultation. Besides saving energy, water and material consumption, the focus is also here on avoiding the use of harmful substances and chemicals.
The kick-off workshop in May 2016 in Taipei marked the start of the project which lasts until summer 2017. It will include a total of six workshops and approximately 25 consultation appointments. The established project results will not only help VAUDE and participating businesses to improve from an environmental point of view. They will also be shared within the industry and should therefore act as an incentive for other companies to engage in implementing environmental and sustainability standards.