The HUGO BOSS Social Standards are the foundation for collaboration with our suppliers. These social standards provide an important framework for our partners, particularly in countries where domestic laws do not grant sufficient protection to 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. They prohibit child labor and forced labor, and require humane conditions, as well as payment of appropriate wages. They also guarantee the right to unionize and conduct collective bargaining. In addition, they contain provisions about environmental standards that must be followed.
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.