HUGO BOSS believes that making environmental responsibility tangible means pursuing strategic goals and achieving quantifiable contributions. Alongside ambitious targets in conformity with international standards, the Group intends to minimize the impacts of climate change, protect natural resources through the application of intelligent concepts and environmentally friendly technologies, reduce environmental impacts and contribute to the preservation of biodiversity.
HUGO BOSS focuses particularly on potential impacts of its global supply chain and implements measures related to the environment at its locations, in transport, with its partners in all phases of the value chain, and along the entire life cycle of its products.
HUGO BOSS is pursuing its targets with robust environmental management at its locations based on accredited international standards. The focus of efforts is on the areas of energy and emissions, water and waste, and logistics.
Compliance with all applicable environmental laws and taking account of environmental perspectives in business decisions is integral to all business activities at HUGO BOSS. The environmental policy provides a framework for details and is being supplemented by a transport guideline. The responsibility for implementation of group-wide environmental protection lies with the Managing Board of HUGO BOSS AG.
HUGO BOSS is in regular dialog with its stakeholders and uses this platform to carry out appropriate adjustments in environmental management with the aim of meeting some complex and volatile requirements in the textile supply chain.
Energy and emissions
HUGO BOSS uses a sophisticated energy management system for a high level of energy efficiency at its buildings. HUGO BOSS reduces its emissions when renovating and building new operational facilities by using energy supply systems which are based on renewable resources and energy efficient technologies.
HUGO BOSS has installed photovoltaic systems and two cogeneration plants at its headquarters in Metzingen as well as at its newly constructed distribution center for climate-friendly energy supply. As a matter of principle, HUGO BOSS is planning to increase the proportion of electricity generated from renewable energy resources.
HUGO BOSS strives to obtain accredited sustainability certifications for all new buildings in its portfolio of operational facilities. Most recently HUGO BOSS received a Gold Certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) for its new distribution center in Filderstadt.
Additional energy consumption is mainly created as a result of business trips and employee commuting. The Company achieved savings at its production site in Izmir, Turkey, by introducing a tracking system for the efficient use of taxis, courier trips, and company buses. A car-share network operating within the Company in Meztingen is also achieving savings.
Water and waste
HUGO BOSS is initiating measures throughout the Group for the reduction of water consumption and the generation of waste via recycling and optimization of the usage of resources. The Group formulates site-specific reduction targets for its most environmentally–relevant locations in Germany, Turkey and in North America, and implements the Group’s own environmental management tool.
The Group achieves water savings for example by a new irrigation system for landscaped areas at its headquarter in Metzingen and special systems for treating rainwater in Izmir.
In Metzingen, HUGO BOSS recycles a large proportion of the waste. A systematic sorting of waste has also been launched in Izmir. At the locations where waste is disposed of by landfill, the Company has identified fabric batches for potential recycling.
HUGO BOSS is continually reviewing CO2 emissions in logistics and transport processes and the Company adjusts its transport routes appropriately. When deliveries are made to warehouses, HUGO BOSS is increasingly replacing road transport by the use of rail freight as the means of transport. As far as possible, the Company also intends to transfer overseas transport of textiles from Asia to Europe from air and sea freight to rail.
HUGO BOSS coordinates a large proportion of the incoming volume of finished goods with the support of an IT system (approximately 80%, status: 2014) and achieves complete transparency over this part of the supply chain. This also permits a higher capacity utilization for the selected method of transport.
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