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HUGO BOSS would like to consolidate and expand its position as one of the leading companies in the premium and luxury segment of the global apparel market. In order to achieve this aim, the key goals of human resources is to recruit qualified employees, develop them individually, deploy them strategically, and create long-term loyalty to the Company.

The platform for this is provided by an open and value-based corporate culture with major emphasis on diversity and equal opportunity. The Code of Conduct defines the principles for structuring cooperation between staff members and with business partners, and it is binding on all employees.

HUGO BOSS provides its employees with an attractive working environment with a fair and transparent compensation system, and a set of Company benefits and diverse packages for occupational safety, healthcare, and life balance.

Human Resources bundles its activities into the six strategic fields values, culture, talents, diversity, health and safety and standards. The focuses are currently on the reorganization and optimization of group-wide processes in personnel selection and development, global retention of employees and their satisfaction, and on the strategic expansion of retail.

Value-based corporate culture

The Company’s corporate philosophy “commit” reflects the Company’s corporate culture and forms the platform for routine cooperation every day at HUGO BOSS. It is made up of the Company’s vision “HUGO BOSS inspires people towards success”, the Company’s mission and the values of quality, passion, respect, cooperation, and innovation. In 2012, “commit” was therefore developed collaboratively by employees and managers in workshops and has been implemented since then at international level.

Once a year, all supervisors hold structured feedback interviews with their employees. An anonymous Employee Survey was carried out at HUGO BOSS AG for the first time in 2014 with overall satisfaction of nearly 80 %. The aim is to carry out this survey regularly in the future.

Communication between management and employees is actively promoted and carried out over a variety of different communication pathways. In compliance with the conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO),  HUGO BOSS naturally respects the right of employees to join organizations which represent their interests and their right to take part in collective bargaining negotiations within the framework of the relevant national legislation.

Vocational training and employee development

HUGO BOSS AG invests in vocational training for young people with know-how and passion. The Company provides a broadly based package of training vocations and dual courses of study with training in the Company and study in cooperation with regional, national and international universities and training institutions.

The Company therefore maintains a close relationship with a wide range of universities, such as Reutlingen University and cooperates with universities at an international level like Parsons The New School for Design in New York. Talented young people can gain initial work experience on internships, and a promotion program allows outstanding interns to extend their time in order to develop their talents further at HUGO BOSS.

The HUGO BOSS University delivers a versatile internal portfolio of training and career-training opportunities worldwide. Alongside a large number of classroom-based training sessions, the Company increasingly offers online-based training, particularly in retail. Additionally, the specialist career provides employees with a new career path.

As an international company, HUGO BOSS offers its employees an extensive range of opportunities for assignments in different regions. Employees interested in a new position are able to access internal worldwide job vacancies and they are actively supported on their career journey. The specialist career provides a new career path for particularly motivated and talented employees in retail.

Diversity

As a company operating in the international environment, diversity is naturally part of the corporate culture at HUGO BOSS. The Company promotes equal opportunities for all its employees during the course of its day-to-day activities – irrespective of nationality, gender, religious and political convictions, sexual orientation, age, or potential disability.

HUGO BOSS already highlighted the high status occupied by diversity within the Company with its accession to the Charter of Diversity in 2008. HUGO BOSS is convinced that diversity in the workforce exerts a positive impact on corporate culture and is an attribute creating a more differentiated profile.

Equal treatment of men and women is deeply rooted in the self-image of  HUGO BOSS. From 2015, HUGO BOSS intends to have a total of four female members on the Supervisory Board of HUGO BOSS with the objective of achieving a more equal gender distribution. In 2014 the proportion of female employees in the Group was 60.3%, at management level 45.8%.

The Group offers its employees a varied package and financial support to enhance the work-life balance between family and career. HUGO BOSS AG is committed to the nationwide network Success Factor Family and offers its workforce comprehensive financial support for families. HUGO BOSS also promotes flexible working-time models.

Occupational safety and healthcare management

Operational health and safety is a top priority at HUGO BOSS. Operational healthcare management comprises numerous packages and services directed toward sustaining and strengthening the physical and mental capabilities of its employees. The thematic focuses are on offers relating to fitness, relaxation and family.

In the employee survey carried out in 2014, the issue of occupational safety and health in the workplace was given the best assessment so far with a positive evaluation of 91% by employees at HUGO BOSS AG in Germany.

An annual health day raises the awareness of employees in Metzingen for issues such as healthy nutrition, physical exercise and stress reduction. HUGO BOSS also provides regular information on health and fitness packages in the region free of charge. It also maintains a fitness studio for its employees at the Metzingen site, a football pitch and beach volleyball court, and a running track. These amenities are available to employees free of charge at HUGO BOSS. Another focus is on structuring workplaces and daily workflows in an employee-friendly manner.

The conferment of the Corporate Health Award demonstrates the exceptional commitment of the Company to the health and performance of its employees. The high standards of HUGO BOSS in the area of operational healthcare management were rewarded with the “Quality Seal”.

The workplaces at HUGO BOSS are regularly analyzed for risks in order to achieve a high level of occupational safety. The Company has set up an occupational safety committee as an advisory board.

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