Human Rights & Working Conditions

Compliance with internationally recognized standards
HUGO BOSS is aware of its influence as an employer and is thoroughly committed to upholding human rights and complying with labor standards in all areas of its business activities – in administration, at its own production sites, in logistics, and in its own retail outlets – equally for all employees.


All employees are committed to the following specific Social Standards

With the HUGO BOSS Social Standards, the company strives to achieve this for all employees and its partners worldwide, based on internationally recognized standards from the United Nations and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The HUGO BOSS Social Standards are complemented by a Code of Conduct and the internal social compliance guideline, which include a non-discrimination principle and the freedom to unionize.  

In case of doubt, an independent ombudsman is available to employees worldwide who have questions or potential complaints about the Social Standards. The ombudsman can be contacted anonymously over the Internet or by phone. Details are available here.

Fair compensation

A well-structured, comprehensible compensation policy ensures equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination. It also makes the company more competitive, because it motivates employees and demonstrates respect for employee rights.

The goal of HUGO BOSS is to ensure fair, competitive compensation around the world. The core of the company’s program is a fair, transparent compensation system that observes industry and collective wage agreements. It is based on the qualification and performance required for a specific position, regardless of gender or other diversity factors. This principle is also embedded in the HUGO BOSS Code of Conduct.

For more information about fair compensation, see the Sustainability Report.

HUGO BOSS Social Standards

All employees, partners, and suppliers pledge to comply with the HUGO BOSS Social Standards. These standards are based on the key conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

HUGO BOSS Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct creates the foundation for legally unobjectionable conduct by the Group and its employees. Among other things, it contains regulations for observing fair, respectful working conditions and for the prevention of corruption. All employees pledge to comply with it.

Transparent complaint mechanism

Employees and third parties can confidentially contact an ombudsman on issues regarding human rights, social standards, and working conditions. There is an online contact form and international toll-free phone numbers. Professional interpreters are available.