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Responsibility

1. We look after the environment

The bluedesign® standard


Deuter has been a bluesign® system partner since 2008.

With the optimisation of our manufacturing processes, we rely on the bluesign® standard, the strictest environmental standard for textile productsworldwide.

The bluesign® standard is the world’s strictest standard for:

  • environmental protection
  • occupational safety and
  • consumer protection.

Unlike many organic labels, under the bluesign® standard, the end product is not tested for pollutants or residues of harmful chemicals – instead the manufacturing processes of the individual components of a product are taken into account.

At all stages of the production chain from raw material to finished product, the search is on for ways to optimise material use, energy and water consumption, handling of chemicals, noise, waste, waste water, and occupational safety.

Responsible Down Standard


To ensure proper maintenance and animal protection in our supply chain, since June 2015 we have only been using certified down and feathers.

In the production of our sleeping bags, we mainly use synthetic fibres, with only 16% using down. In comparison with synthetic fibres, this natural product still offers the best insulation, especially when taking into account the ratio of low weight to high thermal output.

Live plucking and force feeding mean that down extraction can cause serious harm to the animals. In order to minimise these risks, we have only ever used down that accumulates as a waste product in the Chinese food industry.

Since June 2015, we have taken it a step further and now only buy down certified according to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS). This requires full transparency along the entire production and supply chain, from the chick through the cleaned down to the finished sleeping bag in the sports equipment shop. Transparency is our highest goal. Every individual production location worldwide is visited and evaluated by independent professional investigators. If animal welfare is observed in all phases, the sleeping bag meets the specifications of the RDS certificate (Responsible Down Standard).

Textile alliance


Since June 2015, Deuter has been a member of the alliance for sustainable textiles.



The textile alliance is an initiative of the German federal government and was set up in October 2014. The members from business, civil society, standards organisations and trade unions have made it their goal to make social, ecological and economic improvements along the textile supply chain.

European Outdoor Conservation Association


Deuter is a founding member of the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA)

EOCA is a non-profit organisation of the European outdoor industry that supports nature conservation projects throughout the world.

Deuter company headquarters


Deuter’s new construction in Gersthofen near Augsburg, acquired at the end of 2012, meets high environmental standards.

2. Social responsibility

The Deuter Social Report


At Deuter, we have the privilege of living our passion through our work. We create products that make being outside nicer, safer and more enjoyable and that often serve as loyal companions on unforgettable adventures. The close collaboration with strong partners who support us with their expertise – whether in development, production or our social responsibility – is and always has been essential.
 

Fair Wear Foundation

Deuter has chosen an unusual approach: We work with only two production partners that manufacture all our products. We have had an exclusive and trusting partnership with our backpack supplier for more than 20 years, but our sleeping bags have also been produced by the same manufacturer for more than 12 years. As a result, ever since we joined the FWF in 2011, we have had a good foundation for implementing its requirements and are able to work hard at putting them into practice in the factories.

 

What is the FWF?
The FWF is an independent organisation that works with companies and factories worldwide. The goal is to improve working conditions in the textile and clothing industry, especially in low-income countries. By joining, we have committed ourselves to adhering to the strict working procedures (Code of Labour Practices) of the FWF.

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