A sustainable framework for procurement and production processes is absolutely essential for HUGO BOSS given its international production and business operations. The Company pursues social compliance and environmental protection in its global supply chain based on international standards and cooperation with its partners.
HUGO BOSS produces a large proportion of its suits, jackets, trousers and shirts, as well as women’s apparel at its own production facility in Turkey. HUGO BOSS pursues the highest standards for workplace safety and environmental production in the areas of employees and products. The Group uses this know-how to develop production technologies and quality standards and passes these onto its partners.
Apart from the Group’s own production, a large proportion of the total procurement volume amounting to 80% is attributable to products which were manufactured by independent suppliers in contract manufacturing or sourced as merchandise. HUGO BOSS carries out careful selection of its suppliers and is committed to cooperation in a relationship of trust in long-term joint ventures.
HUGO BOSS and its suppliers are committed to upholding human rights and complying with HUGO BOSS social standards which are based on a platform of internationally recognized standards and conventions like the International Labour Organization (ILO).
HUGO BOSS works together with other companies and organizations, such as the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, in the areas of fair remuneration, environmental impacts, and management of harmful substances, and develops standards for a higher level of sustainability in the supply chain.
Protecting human rights
HUGO BOSS and its suppliers are committed to complying with internationally recognized labor and social welfare standards. These are based on the conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations.
The HUGO BOSS social standards based on these benchmarks apply to all employees at the production facilities operated by HUGO BOSS and all its suppliers. They prohibit child labor and forced labor, and require humane conditions, as well as payment of appropriate wages.
In countries where inadequate national legislation is provided, the HUGO BOSS social standards provide a minimum standard. Compliance with these standards is an absolute prerequisite for any business relationship and validation is carried out by regular audits.
If any breaches occur, HUGO BOSS works with the supplier to draw up a binding action plan and carries out a check on implementation. In exceptional cases, the Company reserves the right to bring cooperation to an end. However, HUGO BOSS is committed to continuous improvements in the context of partnerships.
HUGO BOSS believes that fair remuneration creates the platform for long-term business relationships based on partnership. As a member of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), the Company therefore works on the definition of a binding remuneration strategy for the employees of its suppliers.
The fundamental components of fair remuneration were defined on the basis of analyzed data from selected suppliers. A new compensation strategy will also be extended to raw-materials suppliers by 2020.
Minimizing environmental impacts
The Company also commits its business partners to maintenance of the HUGO BOSS social standards, accompanied by associated compliance with high environmental standards and transparency.
The Group complies with strict environmental standards and has implemented the first phase with selected partners for effective monitoring and management of environmental impacts in the supply chain. In future, business partners of HUGO BOSS will have to provide detailed information on environmental aspects.
The platform is provided by the methodology of the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), a global corporate initiative to improve occupational and environmental conditions in the supply chain. Allocating partner companies to a specific performance level in the database will facilitate improved analysis and monitoring of compliance with environmental regulations in the supply chain.
Over the coming years, all suppliers of HUGO BOSS will be introduced into the process. The intention is for all strategic partners of the Company to have achieved a bespoke defined performance level by 2020.
Avoidance of harmful substances
HUGO BOSS has been seeking sector-wide exchange on pollutant management for some years now and works together with other companies in this area. As an active member in the company association AFIRM, HUGO BOSS engages with different working groups on the development of methods for pollutant management.
As part of the membership, HUGO BOSS offers its suppliers training sessions free of charge relating to the handling of chemical substances and the regulations associated with them. Furthermore, HUGO BOSS is in active communication with companies from the premium and luxury segment and is working on drawing up a uniform Restricted Substances List (RSL) (see Products).
HUGO BOSS is working on initiatives that help avoid the use of substances that are hazardous to humans and the environment. The next stage involves applying a derived strategy at the relevant suppliers together with a monitoring system.
HUGO BOSS rejects all kinds of forced labor, especially modern slavery and human trafficking. HUGO BOSS regularly audits direct suppliers and partners to verify their compliance with the prohibition of modern slavery and human trafficking in accordance with our Code of Conduct, our social standards and the United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act of 2015. The following statement should send a clear signal of the HUGO BOSS commitment against all kinds of forced labor and demonstrate that HUGO BOSS is a socially responsible and reliable company.
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