No investigations against textile companies regarding human rights in the region of Xinjiang

In September, the human rights organization European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) filed a criminal complaint to the German Federal Public Prosecutor against persons responsible for several German fashion brands and retailers, including HUGO BOSS. The background to this were the public debates about working conditions in textile factories in the Chinese region of Xinjiang in recent months.

As publicly reported by, among others, the Süddeutsche Zeitung on October 14, 2021, the Federal Public Prosecutor rejected the request of opening criminal investigations against the persons responsible at the accused companies due to lack of factual indications.

HUGO BOSS is convinced that our values and global standards have been complied with in the production of our products and that there have been no violations of the law. Safeguarding human rights in our supply chains is a top priority for us. We therefore do not tolerate forced or coercive labor, or any type of modern slavery. We also insist that all our partners along our supply chain follow suit. Furthermore, our partners are obliged to ensure compliance with human rights within their own sphere of influence and not to tolerate any violations in this regard. We have summarized our high ethical standards in more detail in the HUGO BOSS Supplier Code of Conduct, which forms the framework for our business partnerships around the globe. Our values as well as our standards for respecting human rights are also defined in our HUGO BOSS Human Rights Policy and in our Code of Conduct.