Voices to be heard: Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day to all women worldwide! We at HUGO BOSS celebrate this day and every other day where women can be who they are and rise to new opportunities. Gender equality is important and concerns us all, which is why a change of mind-set is needed across society. And we at HUGO BOSS want to do our part and help in creating a world with greater gender equality – not just on one day in March but every day. 

We want to raise awareness and hear our female colleagues at HUGO BOSS as voices of inspiration. We talked to Karen Corre from Australia and Yi-Ling Goh from Singapore to hear their views on gender topics and female empowerment. Two women, many thoughts and even more ambitions for the future: Store Manager Karen from Australia had a virtual chat with Wholesale Manager Yi-Ling from Singapore. On their own terms, the two ladies, who met digitally for the first time, speak about their experiences and lives as women and share their insights and wishes for the future and society. 

IWD2021 Video

I think, personally, I’ve worked with so many impressive females along the way. So it’s hard to name just one. I have the Senior Business Development Manager Agnes who I work with, and it’s very inspiring and impressive how she always manages to negotiate really confidently.

Together for greater gender equality

Though they come from different continents, Karen and Yi-Ling agree on their vision for a more gender-equal society: more opportunities for women and more women in leadership positions. The power of working together to empower colleagues is deeply embedded in the DNA of HUGO BOSS. We owe much of the strength of our business to the Group’s majority of female colleagues, who make up 59% of our workforce. And the company, with all of its global subsidiaries, is fully committed to improving this statistic and general conditions further. With the signing of the Women’s Empowerment Principles, initiated and guided by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact, we are supporting the seven steps of the Women’s Empowerment Principles to help us realize these opportunities, including the following: 

  • Bring the broadest pool of talent to our endeavours 
  • Further our company’s competitiveness 
  • Meet our corporate responsibility and sustainability commitments 
  • Model behaviour within our company that reflects the society we would like for our employees, fellow citizens and families 
  • Encourage economic and social conditions that provide opportunities for women and men, girls and boys 
  • Foster sustainable development in the countries in which we operate 
My biggest challenge? I just went through it actually by becoming a mum… Not just becoming a new mum, but also a new mum during COVID was very challenging.