Preserving Natural Resources

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY

HUGO BOSS works continuously to reduce the environmental impact of our business. This includes the impacts of the company’s own locations, production sites and stores, as well as the entire logistics chain. Electricity from renewable energy sources, sustainable architecture, shorter sea-freight routes, as few air-freight shipments as possible, and the careful use of resources, for example in the packaging of our goods – these are just some of the measures we employ to achieve these goals.

Our ambition: Climate neutrality by 2050

Together with nearly 100 other international companies, HUGO BOSS signed the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action in 2018 under the patronage of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Through this, we are committed to the vision of a climate-neutral fashion industry by 2050 and are contributing towards Sustainable Development Goals 6 (clean water and sanitation), 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 13 (climate action).

We aim to make our climate-protection activities effective and efficient with the help of so-called science-based targets (SBT). As a first step, we set the goal of reducing CO2 emissions for our entire value chain by 30 % by 2030.

Certified environmental and energy management systems

In order to reconcile economic and ecological interests, we have been operating certified environmental and energy management systems in accordance with the international standards DIN EN ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 since 2012. These are regularly audited by external certification companies.

Company buildings and stores

We are always reviewing the potential for increasing the energy efficiency of our buildings and stores. When planning, constructing and renovating company buildings, HUGO BOSS always ensures that energy-related emissions are reduced through internal energy supply systems and energy-efficient technologies. Learn more about this topic here.

Environmental targets

HUGO BOSS has revised its targets – these were set in the areas of energy, emissions, water and waste. Our energy targets are in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and contribute towards limiting global warming to 1.5°C.

What we want to achieve

≥ 51%
reduction of CO₂ emissions (Scope 1+2)
reduction of CO₂ emissions (Scope 1+2)
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by 2030
30 %
reduction of CO₂ emissions (Scope 3)
reduction of CO₂ emissions (Scope 3)
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by 2030
20 %
reduction of energy consumption in relation to area (m²)
reduction of energy consumption in relation to area (m²)
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by 2030

Certifications

HUGO BOSS has an environmental management program that is based on internationally recognized standards such as DIN EN ISO 14001 and ISO 50001. Focus topics are energy consumption and CO2 emissions as well as water use and waste management. In addition, HUGO BOSS is striving for sustainability certifications for all new buildings of our own business premises and for selected key retail stores of central importance to our retail business.

Environmental management systems according to DIN EN ISO 14001

We operate externally certified environmental management systems at our own production sites in Turkey, Poland and Italy. Thus, we continuously improve our environmental performance and verifiably meet legal regulations.

Energy management systems according to DIN EN ISO 50001

Since 2017, all of HUGO BOSS’s European locations have been certified according to DIN EN ISO 50001. We are continuously working on further improving the energy efficiency of our locations by analyzing environmental data. We are identifying and implementing potential energy and water savings beyond that. In addition to ISO 14001, the largest HUGO BOSS production site in Turkey is also certified according to ISO 50001. This underlines the importance of improving the energy efficiency of our own locations.

Building certification by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB)

We strive to implement the standards of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) for the construction of our own new buildings. Three of our new buildings in Germany have already been successfully certified platinum, the highest level awarded by the DGNB.

Sustainability certification of selected key retail stores

Selected key retail stores are certified by internationally recognized certification systems for the classification of sustainable buildings, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). Two stores, in Boston and Denver (USA), have already been certified according to LEED.  Learn more about this topic here.

Further Information

Energy & Emissions

At all HUGO BOSS locations, we pursue the goal of reducing energy consumption and emissions.

To achieve this, we follow a systematic environmental and energy management system, as well as the GREENBUDGET program introduced throughout the Group.

Water & Waste

At HUGO BOSS, we continuously review measures to conserve water resources.

At our own sites in particular, wastewater and other waste types are reduced, and processes are optimized.

Packaging & Logistics

Logistics and transport processes can be optimized – either through reorganization or through new technologies.

HUGO BOSS is always looking for new ways to reduce CO₂ emissions in the long term and conserve resources.

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