The HUGO BOSS Supplier Code of Conduct forms 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 HUGO BOSS Supplier Code of Conduct is 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, it prohibits child and forced labor and prescribes decent working conditions and adequate wages. The Supplier Code of Conduct also guarantees the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining. In addition, it contains provisions on environmental standards to be observed. The Supplier Code of Conduct is reviewed regularly to ensure that it is up to date. In this process, feedback from various stakeholders is taken into account.
To support suppliers in implementing the specific requirements of the Supplier Code of Conduct, 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 compliance 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 Supplier Code of Conduct 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 factsheet for more information). If no improvement has been made, HUGO BOSS will ultimately end the partnership with the supplier as a last resort.