Vaude Academy for sustainable business

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VAUDE wins with sustainability

Business Transformation Award 2023: the world's most committed to sustainability were honored

VAUDE has won the internationally coveted Reuters Business Transformation Award 2023, which honors the world's best, sustainably committed companies.

German Sustainability Award 2024: A milestone for fairness and environmental protection in the supply chain

VAUDE, as a sustainable outdoor outfitter, received the German Sustainability Award 2024 in the “Textiles” sector. The outstanding commitment to a fair and environmentally friendly supply chain was recognized. A highlight in the anniversary year – 50 years of VAUDE.


What is the
VAUDE Academy?

Companies are part of society. In this role, we at VAUDE also want to assume social and corporate responsibility. Innovative and sustainable solutions are in demand, especially in the textile industry, which is a major driver of global challenges such as the climate crisis or water pollution. That is why we have long been concerned with how we can do business in an environmentally friendly and fair manner. This is our understanding of sustainability. Only if we all act responsibly and in an entrepreneurial manner can we actually bring about visible social and ecological changes. Therefore, we would like to pass on our experience and many years of expertise from the transformation process to sustainable management to others as part of the VAUDE Academy.

About Us

Our Philosophy

Sustainable management makes companies fit for the future, economically successful and is a decisive approach to solving the problem of not exceeding our planetary boundaries. Therefore, it is important that as many companies as possible operate in an environmentally friendly and fair manner.

VAUDE has made environmentally friendly and fair business its core business and has been working consistently for over a decade to transform the company holistically and systematically. We pass on this knowledge and our experience:

  • We accompany and advise companies and organizations in the transformation process to sustainable business.
  • We pass on our experience and expertise on fair and environmentally friendly business practices to schools, universities, voluntary and non-profit associations and initiatives.
  • We want to motivate people to work for sustainability in their sphere of influence.


"The mission of the VAUDE Academy is to multiply sustainable business beyond VAUDE."

Lisa Fiedler, consultant VAUDE Academy


We are building the VAUDE Academy as a social business. This means: We use the fees that we receive for accompanying and transferring knowledge to companies to finance and further expand our educational offerings for schools, universities, voluntary and non-profit associations and initiatives.

The development of the VAUDE Academy for sustainable management is being supported by the German Federal Environmental Foundation in a two-year funding project from the end of May 2020. It is our goal that the VAUDE Academy will continue to cover its costs after the funding period has ended.


Our portfolio of the VAUDE Academy

Consulting & support

Do you want to make your company or organization future-proof and sustainable and are you in the middle of the transformation? We at the VAUDE Academy would be happy to support you in this transformation process.

Keynotes & panel discussions

You want to offer your audience refreshing impulses? Whether at conferences or in-house events, the speakers at the VAUDE Academy will be happy to enrich your event.

VAUDE campus tour

Have you always wanted to know what it looks like behind the scenes at VAUDE? When visiting our company headquarters, you will experience our culture, working environment and the production of bicycle bags up close and learn interesting facts about sustainable business at VAUDE.

Educational formats & materials

Would you like to delve deeper into the subject of sustainable management and sustainability or do you want to continue your education? At the VAUDE Academy you will learn about approaches, methods and tools.

We are happy to accompany you.

Who is the VAUDE Academy aimed at?

For companies

It doesn’t matter whether you are an SME or a large company, whether you are just starting out or already in the middle of the transformation to sustainable management: Our experts at the VAUDE Academy will accompany you on this path and pass on our experience and specialist knowledge.

For schools

Would you like to bring your class closer to the topic of sustainable and public welfare-oriented economic activity? We offer your students target group-oriented, interactive and practical educational formats as well as teaching materials as part of the VAUDE Academy.

For universities

Are you looking for a successful practical example of sustainable management and dialogue with experts from the field for your course? The VAUDE Academy offers lectures and dialogues with experts as well as teaching materials.

For associations & initiatives

Are you looking for inspiration and knowledge transfer around the topic of sustainable and common good-oriented business for your members? We provide comprehensive insights into our work and share our experience and expertise with you.

For individuals


Would you like to get to know VAUDE and find out on site how sustainable management works successfully? At the VAUDE Academy you will also find offers for individuals.

Start a conversation

We look forward to talking to you and will take the time to answer your questions about the VAUDE Academy.

About Us


Numerous companies, organizations and (university) schools have already trusted in our expertise. Read here what our customers say about their experience with the VAUDE Academy for Sustainable Business.

Johanna Kromer

Business Development Manager

- Bergfreunde

»What we particularly appreciate about working with VAUDE is the open and honest exchange at eye level. Through the individual coaching with a realistic assessment and planning of our goals, we feel very well accompanied to be able to establish a long-term sustainability strategy. "

Stefan Bauer

Transformation and Strategy Leaders

- Lilly Germany / Austria / Switzerland

»Antje von Dewitz's lectures have inspired and had a transformative impact on us on several occassions. For example, she has been instrumental in fostering our culture of trust as well as in the creation of our common good balance sheet, the first in the pharmaceutical industry.«

Melanie Roeger and Claudio Corrias


— Würth MODYF

»The Vaude Academy, especially Lisa Fiedler, has accompanied our valuable path from the implementation of the materiality analysis to the formulation of the strategy. We presented the results of this in our Sustainability Report 2020/2021. Here, too, we were able to learn from VAUDE's many years of experience. In addition to theoretical content on the GRI, Lisa advised us on the conception and structure of the sustainability report.
We are very grateful to you for the new impulses, the very open exchange at eye level and the assessments! By sharing your expertise, you are doing meaningful work!

dr Nikolina Fuduric

Professor for Sustainable Marketing & Product Management

- University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland

»I visit VAUDE every year with product managers from my certification course (focused on product management) because real transformation happens here. Instead of just talking about sustainability practices, we see, hear and feel how it is done. The absolute highlight is the presentation by Dr. Antje von Dewitz, showing the path to sustainability with all its ups and downs. Antje's joy about the impact of her company is infectious and her personal authenticity is convincing.«

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Get in touch with us now

Would you like to find out more about what we have to offer or do you have any questions about the content of the VAUDE Academy? Then please send us a message using the contact form.