Social Responsibility

HUGO BOSS is firmly committed to taking social responsibility. By generating specific value added, the Company makes a significant contribution to the community as an integral component of its corporate philosophy. In this regard, HUGO BOSS promotes the voluntary engagement of its employees and collaborates with external partners.

The objective is to inspire people towards success, beyond the Company’s confines. HUGO BOSS has therefore made education, as a key factor in promoting future perspectives, the main aspect of its corporate engagement. The three focus areas are access to education, vocational promotion and creative promotion.

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HUGO BOSS supports projects and initiatives along the Company’s entire value chain. As a further aspect of its social engagement, HUGO BOSS intervenes in emergencies and challenging circumstances responding to acute challenges by providing spontaneous help. The active integration of employees is important in this context and the Company provides the respective framework conditions for this engagement.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AT A GLANCE

HUGO BOSS achieves joins forces with accredited partner organizations along the entire value chain and by developing in-house initiatives and projects. These involve enabling people to pursue a self-determined and successful life by providing access to education.

Enabling better access to education supports the development of society and thus leads to economic welfare. To promote educational projects in underdeveloped countries and for emergencies, the Company fosters a particularly close partnership with UNICEF, the child protection organization of the United Nations. The project’s sponsor invests in refurbishments and new buildings, school materials and further training for teachers in order to create robust infrastructures for running schools.

HUGO BOSS also supports educational initiatives along its supply chain. The Company provides financial support for the education of young people at the Turkish production site in Izmir through the HUGO BOSS Education Association program. Family members and people related to the employees, who are dependent on financial assistance, can apply for a grant, which is regularly approved by a dedicated committee. The funds are made available by the Company in conjunction with donations given by employees.

Since the beginning of the Program in 2008 almost 600 school children and students have benefited from the grants provided by the HUGO BOSS Education Association.

Children and adolescents are fundamental to the future and thus need to be educated and developed in the best possible way.

Turkey is an important sourcing market for HUGO BOSS. At its biggest production location in Izmir, HUGO BOSS deploys strategic measures for vocational training and employee development. The Company cooperates with the local employment agency to offer a program that helps women to get back into the world of work. It assists women in difficult financial situations and offers them a vocational perspective in the textile industry through a specialist training.

Since 2010, 187 women successfully participated in the program and received a training certificate accredited throughout Turkey – 137 of them were then given permanent jobs at HUGO BOSS.

To promote young talents in fashion design, HUGO BOSS collaborates with the prestigious Parsons The New School for Design in New York. This cooperation involves the Company funding a scholarship program with a total of 250,000 US dollars over a period of five years. Students from different cohorts are able to apply for a grant.

Early-career designers often encounter financial challenges and constraints when designing and implementing their collections and their diploma projects. In the process of awarding grants, the financial circumstances of each applicant are therefore taken into account, along with their outstanding practical skills and theoretical knowledge. These grants help them to get a foothold on the career ladder.

HUGO BOSS considers promotion of contemporary art an important element of its commitment to the community. Art gives people new inspiration, it promotes tolerance, and fosters an innovative spirit. Contemporary art has therefore been a fixed element in the Company culture for more than 20 years. The international cultural sponsoring program has been supporting selected exhibitions and projects with great passion and energy.

HUGO BOSS is pursuing joint ventures with educational institutions in the spheres of art and design. With its projects the Company seeks to spark both inspiration – the impulse that powers creativity – and tolerance within a globalized society.

HUGO BOSS fosters young artists and gaining recognition for their outstanding achievements. To this end the Company partners with internationally renowned art museums and cultural institutions. The biennial HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award was set up for this purpose in 2013, awarded in collaboration with the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai. It enables cultural exchange between the different regions in Asia and provides a platform for artists to exhibit their work. The award is connected to a stipend of RMB 300,000.

In the Metzingen area, the Company provides financial assistance to support the project “Essen und Kunst” (food and art) staged jointly by art school Kunstschule Filderstadt and the Pestalozzi School located in Filderstadt-Sielmingen.  The educational project is directed especially toward vulnerable young people from deprived social environments and helps them to plan their future career. They are given assistance by experienced lecturers and are able to receive career training in different artisan crafts and areas related to creative art. They also have an opportunity to build up their social skills.

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