HUGO BOSS lives up to its responsibility to consumers and the environment along the entire life cycle of its products. The Company already takes account of appropriate requirements at the design phase and only selects the best materials.
Tests are carried out at regular intervals to ensure a high level of product safety and to monitor compliance of all the materials and chemicals used with the applicable standards. These are summarized in a Restricted Substances List (RSL).
Naturally, HUGO BOSS respects the principles of animal welfare and species protection, and rejects any animal testing, as well as non-species appropriate animal breeding and husbandry methods. International regulations govern the use of all animal materials throughout the Group. Furthermore, HUGO BOSS has been in dialog with animal welfare and consumer protection organizations for many years.
In the design phase, the use of high-quality renewable materials and long-life fabrics is playing an increasingly important role, as is optimized use of material, the recycling capability of individual components, and the avoidance of waste.
The organizational structure of HUGO BOSS closely coordinates product design, product development, and procurement processes in order to integrate sustainability into all phases of product development.
The Company is increasingly also deploying new technologies in product development. This means that design teams can access a database to research environmental aspects of materials and processes. HUGO BOSS also makes use of computer-based virtualization methods in specific categories. The number of physical patterns and the resources necessary for them are reduced by using these technologies.
HUGO BOSS exclusively uses high-quality materials which meet customers’ expectations for high levels of wearing comfort, long life, excellent fit, and color fastness. Sustainability criteria are already taken into account when shoppers make purchases, for example information on origin and processing.
HUGO BOSS carries out a rolling review to identify where secondary raw materials can be used in order to reduce the volume of material required. The Group intends to increase the proportion of coat hangers that are sourced from the closed loop process to 30% by 2020.
Animal welfare and species protection are key principles of product responsibility at HUGO BOSS. The Company is concentrating on furs that are generated as byproducts of the food industry. Starting with the fall/winter 2016 collection, HUGO BOSS has also defined concrete targets for phasing out farmed furs. The company already waives usage of angora wool and down feathers from live-plucked birds.
Generally, pelts and furs from farmed animals are only used in the HUGO BOSS collections to a very limited extent. HUGO BOSS intends to continue fulfilling the premium quality expectations of its customers with innovative alternative materials.
When sourcing merino wool, HUGO BOSS will give preference to suppliers of knitwear who use wool from sheep not subject to the mulesing procedure. The Group wants to increase the ratio of mulesing-free wool in all purely knitted products to 90 % by 2020. In future, suppliers will need to make transparent their operational procedures for animal husbandry and care.
HUGO BOSS also works together with manufacturers on applying procedures for harvesting quality fibers from renewable plant raw materials.
Product life cycle
In order to make product design sustainable, HUGO BOSS assesses the products over their entire life cycle for health and safety impacts, and their potential opportunities for making environmental savings. Since 2009, the Company has regularly carried out Life Cycle Assessments (LCA).
HUGO BOSS and its joint-venture partners created an information platform with the LCA project “ecologtex” based on research methodology for sustainable product design geared to sustainability.
The “ecoshoe” project carried out by HUGO BOSS in cooperation with Ancona Polytechnic (Italy) was successfully completed in 2014. It took account of all environmental factors along the supply chain and developed three innovative leather soles.
HUGO BOSS is involved in the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) initiative of the European Union as part of the reference group for the “T-Shirt” pilot project. The focus is on analyzing two supply chains for the production of a T-shirt.
The collections of HUGO BOSS meet the highest quality and safety standards. The company aims to ensure that all products are free from health and safety risks for employees and customers. Product tests enable materials and chemicals to be tested for compliance with standards in order to exclude harmful effects.
HUGO BOSS has summarized these standards in a Restricted Substances List (RSL). Suppliers and business partners must sign a warranty declaration on compliance with the RSL (see Partners). HUGO BOSS is also engaged in a working group of companies in the luxury and premium segment which is working on developing a uniform and comprehensive RSL.
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