Mutual consideration is a central pillar of society, as is the camaraderie in mountaineering. These principles are also the basis of the company's social commitments. SALEWA® is not only committed to the welfare of its employees and business partners, but also that within the mountain sports communities in which we live, work and practice our sport.
THE SALEWA® GARDEN
The SALEWA® garden is a 3000 square meter havesting area that was created at the headquarters in Bolzano in 2017. Fruits and vegetables are harvested here, which are looked after by around 15 refugees and migrants from surrounding reception centres. They are supported by local volunteer helpers and SALEWA® employees. The participants learn the basic rules of organic agriculture and also have the opportunity to be in contact with the local community twice a week at their own market stall. The proceeds go to the refugees participating in the program.
With an area of 2000 square metres, 18.5 metres high, the SALEWA® Cube is one of the largest sports climbing and bouldering wall halls in Italy. Climbing competitions and courses are regularly held here. SALEWA® provides the climbing and mountain sports community with an important regional meeting point with this cube.
Derived from the lower feathers of waterfowl such as ducks and geese, down has astounding properties that make it a unique marvel of nature - Light as a snowflake, it protects against the cold and is highly compressible due to its elasticity. No other material combines extremely low weight with high thermal insulation. Hence, down has a superior heat and weight ratio. As a result, high quality down has decisive advantages over synthetic materials and meets the strictest of requirements in its stride. We carefully ensure that our down jackets and sleeping bags are only filled with high quality, ethically harvested down. To ensure this in a transparent and credible fashion while eradicating unnecessary animal suffering from the supply chain, SALEWA has decided, going forward, to only purchase down that comes with RDS (Responsible Down Standard) certification. The RDS is currently the most comprehensive, independent certified animal welfare and traceability standard worldwide. The development of the standards required a major commitment by various stakeholders; especially input from suppliers, farmers, animal welfare organizations and industry experts was essential. The standard addresses issues proactively by setting clear requirements and auditing against them on a regular basis, including unannounced audits.
RDS means: Complete ban of live-plucking and force feeding of ducks and geese Robust criteria to ensure that the five freedoms of the animals are protected Animals are never killed solely for their down or feathers Yearly audits of every stage of production (farm, slaughterhouse, processers, etc.) Strict and transparent procedures in place to protect the integrity of the standard (e.g. loss of certification for non‐compliance and pulling product in cases of false or inaccurate labeling) For more information on the Responsible Down Standard visit: www.responsibledown.org
KEY FACTS AND FIGURES
KEY FACTS AND FIGURES
In 2011 we started the Sherpa Women Project. The aim of the project is to enable women to find work and earn a living through targeted training in tourism and trekking. We found an excellent coach and mentor on site in the person of mountain guide Paulo Groebel. SALEWA® supported the initiative by donating 1 Euro per item sold from one of our defined collections. The project was successfully completed in 2016, and more than 26,000 products have been sold so far in total. We are currently exploring ways to take the Sherpa Women project further, information on how it proceeds will be published on this website as close to real time as possible.
In 2015 we completed a 10-year long project in Bolivia, which we carried out in collaboration with Caritas Bolzano-Bressanone and local NGOs. The infrastructure for a school and basic medical care was successfully created and financed in the mountain villages of Elvira and Laime in the Bolivian highlands.
SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES – CALDONAZZO
In 2012, SALEWA® Germany began a partnership with the organisation SOS Kinderdörfer. The holiday village Caldonazzo in particular is supported with financial means and free equipment. Disadvantaged children can spend an adventure-based outdoor holiday in the mountains there.
Defiance with various long-term commitments, SALEWA® is always happy to support organisations and individuals in need of financial support or free equipment at short notice. Our Christmas raffle, annual charity events and support for earthquake victims are just a few examples of this.