Environmental Aspects of the Supply Chain

Environmental protection at suppliers
Protecting the environment in all steps of the production and supply chain is paramount to HUGO BOSS. That’s why we work together with our suppliers to establish and enhance environmentally-friendly processes.

The HUGO BOSS environmental program

All HUGO BOSS suppliers pledge to comply with the HUGO BOSS Supplier Code of Conduct. They also contain environmental standards. The environment module of the Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP) forms the foundation for analyzing and improving environmental protection in the supply chain. To this end, HUGO BOSS has worked on optimizing the GSCP Open Source environmental program for many years, in collaboration with the GSCP and other experts. The aim is always to develop improved, uniform standards worldwide.

In the framework of GSCP environmental audits, HUGO BOSS requires its suppliers to provide information about environment-related aspects. The suppliers provide details about their energy and water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste water and waste generation, for example. They also indicate which measures they are taking to avoid harmful substances and which environment management systems they use.

If a partner fails to satisfy the demands of HUGO BOSS, the company draws up corrective action plans, aimed at rectifying the insufficiencies. Extensive information about the audits conducted and their results is available in the HUGO BOSS Sustainability Report.

HUGO BOSS commitment in the supply chain

All of the Company's suppliers are subject to the principles of environmental protection set forth in the publicly available HUGO BOSS Environmental Policy. This policy also takes the latest developments in the area of climate protection into account. The newly revised HUGO BOSS Supplier Code of Conduct also contains clearly defined guidelines on environmental issues.

Since 2018, HUGO BOSS has also been involved in the Global Climate Action for Fashion working group of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Here, brands, manufacturers and organizations discuss climate protection goals and measures throughout the entire textile value chain. Since 2018, work has been underway to develop a common understanding. Based on this, the group agreed on the next steps that will contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement. Specifically, HUGO BOSS has set itself the goal of reducing CO2 emissions, including all manufacturing processes in the value chain, by 30% by 2030 compared to 2018.



Avoidance of hazardous substances

Producing leather and textile products requires the use of chemicals in several steps along the supply chain. HUGO BOSS works toward ensuring responsible use of these chemicals – not only to improve safety for customers and industrial workers, but also as a decisive factor for minimizing environmental impacts in the supply chain. That’s why HUGO BOSS works together with industry-wide initiatives and continually optimizes its production processes together with its suppliers.

  • Raw materials

    Different chemicals are used in the production of fabric and trimmings – whether for cotton, synthetic fibers, or recycled materials, for example. 

    To reduce the use of chemicals, HUGO BOSS works toward using materials from sustainable production in larger amounts. To this end, the company is a partner in the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), for example, to reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizers in cotton cultivation. We also use certified organic cotton, for example, in our BOSS Men Bodywear products in the Signature Line.

  • Manufacturing

    Our natural capital evaluation showed that the wet chemical processes in production in particular – such as dyeing and tanning – have major environmental impacts. This is partly due to the use of different chemicals. HUGO BOSS and its partners work together intensively to reduce chemicals or change to environmentally friendly alternatives.

    To support its suppliers, HUGO BOSS joined the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Program in 2017. The basis of this program is the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (ZDHC MRSL), which lists chemicals with defined limited values. This, in combination with educational materials and training, helps our partners to avoid or minimize the use of harmful chemicals. In addition, the prevention of water pollution is another important goal of the ZDHC.

    HUGO BOSS also encourages its suppliers to use alternative processes to substitute chemicals and reduce water consumption – provided they can still achieve the high level of quality that HUGO BOSS customers expect.

    A good example of this is denim production: in certain styles the popular used look is now created using laser technology instead of treating the fabric with chemicals. 

  • Final product

    To guarantee the health and safety of the people who come into contact with HUGO BOSS products, the company observes the highest safety standards. For this reason, in particular, compliance with the HUGO BOSS Restricted Substance List​​​​​​​ (RSL) is mandatory for partners and suppliers at every stage in the supply chain.

    With the HUGO BOSS RSL, the company defines strict maximum amounts of chemicals contained in products. Compliance is verified by regular product tests that HUGO BOSS commissions in external laboratories. The RSL is continually enhanced, incorporating input from our membership of the industry-wide Apparel & Footwear International RSL Management Group initiative (AFIRM). Since 2018, the HUGO BOSS RSL has completely met the requirements of the AFIRM RSL.


More information

Working for the environment

HUGO BOSS works hard to reduce the environmental impacts of our business activities – for example, through a variety of measures aimed at reducing the energy consumption of our buildings.

Our goal: more sustainable products

Sustainability starts with the design. That’s why HUGO BOSS increasingly uses materials that are produced through environmentally friendly processes. Animal welfare is another important factor in the selection of our materials.

Basis of the strategy: the natural capital evaluation

In the natural capital evaluation, HUGO BOSS uses scientific methods to analyze the entire value chain: Where do the largest environmental impacts occur and how can they be avoided?