The HUGO BOSS social standards form the basis of cooperation with suppliers. Social standards are an important framework for partners, especially in countries where national legislation does not adequately protect workers.
The social standards are based on internationally recognized standards such as the core conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Among other things, they prohibit child and forced labor and prescribe decent working conditions and adequate wages. They also guarantee the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining. In addition, they contain provisions on environmental standards to be observed.
To support suppliers in implementing the specific requirements of the social standards, particularly with regard to child and forced labor, HUGO BOSS developed a separate guideline in 2018. The Child Labor Policy contains, among other things, guidelines on processes designed to prevent child and forced labor, as well as explanations on concrete measures that must be taken if child or forced labor is involved.
When we select new partners, we review whether they fulfill the social standards defined by HUGO BOSS. Businesses must pass a pre-sourcing audit to be added to our supplier portfolio. These social audits are repeated regularly over the course of the business relationship – partially announced, some unannounced. Each audit is followed by an extensive report. Detailed information about the requirements, along with training courses, help the suppliers comply with the standards.
Support for improvements
If violations of the social standards are discovered, corrective action plans are developed together with the supplier to rectify the situation. Their implementation is reviewed and documented in defined audit cycles (see our supplier fact sheet for more information). If no improvement has been made, HUGO BOSS will ultimately end the partnership with the supplier as a last resort.