Environment

The protection of the environment is one of the most important elements of the sustainability strategy of HUGO BOSS. The Company strives to minimize the impacts of climate change, preserve natural resources, reduce environmental impact and contribute towards the conservation of biodiversity. The environmental protection principles of all relevant business functions are described in detail in the environmental commitment issued in 2015. 

HUGO BOSS sees great opportunity in reconciling economic and environmental interests. For this reason, the Group designs smart buildings with high energy efficiency and environmentally friendly technologies, develops sustainable store concepts, utilizes sustainable technologies and optimizes transport routes. Therefore, the environmental impact of business activities is continuously reduced. In doing so, HUGO BOSS relies on a strong environmental management based on internationally recognized standards, such as the environmental and energy management systems ISO 14001 and ISO 50001. A particular focus is on the areas of energy and emissions, water and waste and logistics. 

The responsibility for the implementation of group-wide environmental protection lies with the Managing Board of HUGO BOSS AG. Compliance with environmental legislation and the integration of environmental aspects in business decisions are firmly anchored in the Group. In order to meet the complex and partially volatile requirements of the textile supply chain, HUGO BOSS is in regular dialog with its stakeholders and uses this as the basis to continuously make adjustments to the environmental management, when appropriate.

In 2016 HUGO BOSS was nominated “Sector Leader Consumer Discretionary” in the DACH Region, as well as “Industry/Country Leader in MDAX” for the positive assessment of the climate management program by the international non-profit organisation CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project). Through this achievement, HUGO BOSS belongs to the best companies in the Consumer Discretionary Sector in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as to the best companies in the MDAX and emphasizes the responsible actions of the Company.

Energy and emissions 

HUGO BOSS uses a sophisticated energy management system for a high energy efficiency level at its buildings. In doing so, the Company utilizes the internationally recognized standard ISO 50001. In 2016, the international energy management system was extended to the Group´s own retail stores in Germany and Austria. When renovating and constructing new buildings, HUGO BOSS strives to reduce its energy emissions through its own energy supply systems, based on renewable resources and energy efficient technologies. Subsequently, as one example, the Turkish production site Izmir switched almost completely to LED lighting, which created an additional energy savings of approximately 400 MWh per year. 

For a climate-friendly energy supply, HUGO BOSS also installed photovoltaic systems and two cogeneration plants at its headquarters in Metzingen, as well as at its newly constructed flat-packed goods distribution center. Currently, around 90% of energy used at the headquarters in Metzingen is derived from renewable resources in Metzingen. Overall, HUGO BOSS plans to continuously increase the amount of energy from renewable energy sources. 

HUGO BOSS strives to obtain accredited sustainability certifications for all new buildings in its portfolio of operational facilities. Most recently, HUGO BOSS received a Platinum Certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) for its new flat-packed goods distribution center in Filderstadt and for an administration building at the headquarters in Metzingen. 

Additional energy consumption is mainly accrued from business trips and employee commuting. The Company achieved savings, for example, by introducing a tracking system for the efficient use of taxis, courier trips, and company buses at its production site in Izmir, as well as an internal car-share network in Metzingen.

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 and Turkey; and implements the Group’s own environmental management tool in accordance with the internally recognized standards ISO 14001 and ISO 50001. 

HUGO BOSS continuously considers different actions for reducing the use of water, particularly where the Company sees the most significant potential at its own production sites. For example, the Group achieves water savings at its headquarters in Metzingen through a new irrigation system for landscaped areas. 

In Metzingen, HUGO BOSS recycles 94% of its waste and also in Izmir an excellent recycling rate has been achieved. At the locations where waste is sent to landfills, the Company has identified fabric batches for potential recycling.

In regards to sales packaging (e.g. shopping bags and gift boxes) HUGO BOSS already almost exclusively uses FSC®-certified paper. With regard to the FSC®-certified shopping bags and gift boxes, the Company will also cease to use plastic lamination from 2017 onward, so that these too can be recycled after use. At HUGO BOSS distribution centers, great importance is given to the recycling and the re-use of cardboard packaging. Concerning the purchase of new boxes, mainly FSC®-certified boxes are used. 

Logistics

HUGO BOSS is continually reviewing CO2 emissions in logistics and transport processes and the Company adjusts its transport routes appropriately, in order to help minimize CO2 emissions, as well as preserve natural resources. In doing so, all flows of goods are considered starting from the producer, all the way to the logistics centers. 

The increased use of environmentally friendly modes of transport marked a further step towards reducing CO2 emissions. By utilizing rail transport from Asia to Germany and short sea freight via European southern ports (Italy or Slovenia), not only has the environmental impact been reduced, but lead times have also been optimized: This reduces up to 95% of emissions in comparison with the combined sea-air shipment. 

A concept for more sustainable stores 

With the roll-out of the new store concept, all stores operated by HUGO BOSS will gradually be expanded and renovated in accordance with sustainability principles starting in autumn 2017. The goal is to have environmentally friendly stores that promote the wellbeing of employees and customers and that create a tangible experience of the HUGO BOSS brand. 

The concept, which is both complex and comprehensive, seeks right from the start to minimize the use of materials and the amount of waste. Responsibility starts with the procurement of building materials and fixtures and furnishings. From flooring to shelves to tables – everything is to be produced as sustainably as possible and transported in an environmentally friendly manner. For renovations, the Company has the intention to use local construction teams, in order to reduce logistics and support local tradespeople. The design guidelines provide detailed specifications regarding the way the stores and their staff rooms and storage areas are to look like. They also require the installation of environmentally friendly building technology, as well as the retrofitting of lighting to LED and the installation of water level regulators.

In implementing the sustainability-focused new store concept, HUGO BOSS distinguishes between: 

• Openings: New stores are already being built in accordance with the concept guidelines. 

• Renovations: Existing stores will be modified and renovated in accordance with the new concept generation based on an individually defined renovation cycle. 

• Redesign: Some existing stores will be optimized and enhanced in line with modified lifecycle requirements. 

Once the newly designed stores are finished, a strict environmental management will be applied. 

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