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. With our environmental targets, we are contributing towards Sustainable Development Goals 6 (clean water and sanitation), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 13 (climate action), 14 (life below water) and 15 (life on land).

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.

Our environmental targets

HUGO BOSS follows environmental targets in the areas of energy, emissions, water and waste. As a signatory to the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action under the patronage of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, HUGO BOSS, together with other companies in the fashion industry, is committed to achieve "net zero" greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 

Our way to climate neutrality

We have set ourselves the goal of achieving climate neutrality within our own area of responsibility by 2030 and for the entire value chain by 2045. On our way we are guided by science-based targets (SBT). They are in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. With this, we aim to make our climate-protection activities effective and efficient.

Our Science Based Targets

≥ 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

With Science Based Targets to climate neutrality 2045

We have set ourselves the goal of reducing our own Scope 1 and 2 emissions by at least 51% by 2030 compared to 2018. For Scope 3 emissions, which relate to our indirect emissions in the value chain, we aim to achieve a reduction of 30%. Due to the increasing requirements placed on the signatories of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action by the UNFCCC, we will revise our climate targets in 2022 and set even greater ambitions to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees. The Scope 1, Scope 2 and also Scope 3 emissions should now be reduced by at least 50%.

Where we stand today

Reduction of CO2 emissions (Scope 1 – 3)
Target by 2030 in comparison to 2018
- ≥50%
Reduction of CO2 emissions (Scope 1 – 3)
Current status in comparison to 2018
- 13%
2030
 | 
2021
Reduction of energy consumption in relation to area
Target by 2030 in comparison to 2018
- 20 %
Reduction of energy consumption in relation to area
Current status in comparison to 2018
- 18 %
2030
 | 
2021
Reduction of own water consumption in relation to Group sales
Target by 2025 in comparison to 2016
- 40 %
Reduction of own water consumption in relation to Group sales
Current status in comparison to 2016
- 21 %
2025
 | 
2021

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. Our three new buildings in Germany have already been successfully certified with 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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Current Topics

May | 18 | 2022
HUGO BOSS publishes its Sustainability Report for 2021
Apr | 22 | 2022
HUGO collaborates with IAMWILD® for Earth Day styles
Apr | 08 | 2022
HUGO BOSS invests in a sustainable apparel technology