Water & Waste

Conserving resources
We want to reduce water consumption and waste throughout the Group. We are getting closer to this goal through optimized systems and automated garden irrigation systems. To reduce waste, we continuously optimize processes and focus on reuse and recycling.


We are committed to conserving water resources. In doing so, our measures focus primarily on those areas where we have identified the greatest potential for reducing consumption at our own locations. The availability of drinking water plays a key role in the analysis of the savings potential. Especially in water-scarce regions such as Turkey, water consumption is to be reduced as much as possible. For instance, thanks to the installation of groundwater tanks at our largest production site in Izmir (Turkey), in 2017, approx. 23,180m³ of water was collected and used for the irrigation of green areas and for sanitary installation on the site in 2020.

In addition to an efficient irrigation system at the company's headquarters in Metzingen (Germany), an automated garden irrigation system was installed at the Savannah distribution center (USA) in 2019. Both systems contribute to reducing Group-wide water consumption. Water-saving fittings, so-called aerators, are also installed at several locations, which reduce water consumption by mixing air into the water jet. Motion sensors also adapt the water supply to the current demand. By demounting the combined heat and power unit and the cooling tower at the corporate headquarters, more than 2,000 m³ of water could be saved in 2020.

With the implementation of sustainable store concepts, appropriate solutions for the efficient use of fresh water are also taken into account for new openings and renovations as well. You can find further information on the concepts here.

Reduce and recycle waste

HUGO BOSS strives to avoid waste along the entire value chain. As part of our definition of circularity, waste generated because of our business activities is reused or recycled wherever possible. In doing so, we pay attention to optimized processes – this is particularly relevant at our own production facilities. For example, we focus on the efficient use of fabrics and trimmings. Intelligent cutting programs calculate the best possible distribution of product components across the fabric – with the aim of using as much raw material as possible.

Handling of product and transport packaging

In addition, we at HUGO BOSS are working on further reducing waste in terms of product and transport packaging. For example, we are reviewing the need for plastic packaging and reducing the volume of waste by switching to reusable product packaging. The Company is specifically reducing product packaging to an absolute minimum. At the same time, we are focusing on bringing products to the customer intact and in line with the brand’s premium claim. You can find out more here.

In the area of transport packaging, we were able to reuse almost 781 tonnes of cardboard packaging in 2020,  which means that 50 % percent of the transport packaging used in shipping goods was reused. Since 2017, all newly sourced cardboard boxes used in our distribution centers are also FSC®-certified and consist of 80% recycled material on average. You can find out more here.

Targets in the field of water & waste

  • Reduction of own water consumption in relation to Group sales by 40% by 2025

    HUGO BOSS has set itself the goal of reducing water consumption by 40% in relation to Group sales (base year 2016) by 2025. The water consumption from external water supply (without company-owned groundwater tanks) is taken into account here. The decline in water consumption in the past years is due in particular to a renovated location in Europe, a new automated garden irrigation system at the Savannah site (USA) and the installation of water-saving fittings at several locations.

    Current status: Reduction of 5%

  • Reduction of waste volume (domestic waste) per employee by 2025

    We have set ourselves the goal of reducing the amount of waste (domestic waste) per employee by 10% by 2025 (base year 2018).

    Current status: Reduction of 23%

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