Suppliers

HUGO BOSS produces worldwide
Around 20 % of HUGO BOSS products in total are produced at our own factories in Germany, Poland, Turkey, Italy and Switzerland. Around 80 % of our finished goods and a majority of the refined raw materials are sourced from suppliers all over the world. The company has long-standing business relationships with these strategic partners.

Our suppliers

HUGO BOSS factories are located in Izmir (Turkey), Metzingen (Germany), Radom (Poland), Morrovalle (Italy) and Coldrerio (Switzerland). A large portion of the product range in the men’s and women’s segments are produced here. The company’s sites generate knowledge, for example, in production technologies. Sharing this knowledge with its partners and suppliers is an important part of the HUGO BOSS procurement strategy.

The majority of the products – 83% – is produced by independent suppliers in subcontracting and merchandise business. That’s why it’s especially important to choose these partnerships carefully. High-quality work, mutual trust, and transparency are prerequisites for the strategic, long-term relationships HUGO BOSS strives to achieve. These trusting partnerships also make it possible for us to disclose our finished goods suppliers and our fabric and trimmings suppliers and their corresponding production sites. Our supplier map contains the production sites of finished goods suppliers and fabric and trimmings suppliers that HUGO BOSS plans to continue partnerships (including own production sites). This map is updated regularly (Latest update: April 2022). Due to these regular updates, the number of suppliers identified on the map differs from the number in the sustainability report. The total cost of our procurement activities (measured by the cost of materials) amounted to EUR 932 million in 2021. In addition to our own supplier map, we provide our data to the charitable organisation Open Apparel Registry (OAR). It has published a comprehensive database of textile and apparel facilities worldwide. Visualised as an interactive OAR world map, the database can be filtered according to countries, individual factories or even brands. HUGO BOSS is one of the first companies which has uploaded its data to the OAR and thus actively supports this project.

* >99% of the sourcing volume from direct fabric and trimmings suppliers is covered. As soon as the remaining suppliers have given their approval for publication, they will be included.

Number of Suppliers
Product Category

List of Suppliers

Regional distribution of procurement and production volume

Share in %

49
Asia (2020: 44)
2
Americas (2020: 1)
49
Europe (2020: 54) Including Middle East and Africa
as of
2021

Collaboration

HUGO BOSS has business relationships with its strategic partners that go back eleven years and more. Long-term partnerships are essential to finding answers to social and environmental challenges together.

Verification of new partners

New partners run through a standardized, multi-stage process before they are added to the HUGO BOSS supplier portfolio: 

1. Questionnaires
Potential suppliers must disclose general information about their business activities, how they handle social and environmental topics, and adherence to basic compliance roles and customs regulations.

2. Contracts
In the second step, potential partners must approve contracts regarding the general purchasing and production conditions. Among other elements, this includes a self-commitment to the HUGO BOSS Supplier Code of Conduct  and the Restricted Substances List as well as the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC). It is also necessary to successfully complete an online training course on the topics of social responsibility and the environment – including chemical management.

3. Verification
All suppliers must submit valid certificates for examination before entering into an active business relationship or, if these documents are not sufficient, fill out a self-disclosure. Depending on the country risk, an audit is carried out between one and twelve months later. The company uses SAQs in particular to verify compliance with the social standards specified by HUGO BOSS for fabric and trimming suppliers prior to the start of the collaboration. You can learn more about our social compliance audit process here.

Collaboration with existing partners

HUGO BOSS works together closely with its suppliers after they are added to the portfolio. HUGO BOSS holds training courses on social standards, environmentally compatible behavior and chemicals management for all suppliers, to help them implement the high standards. Should a social audit reveal that a partner is not maintaining the agreed standards, HUGO BOSS and the supplier will develop a corrective action plan (CAP), which contains measures to correct the deficiencies. For more information, see our supplier factsheet.

HUGO BOSS also places value in ongoing dialog, for example, through events such as the Supplier Days, which HUGO BOSS holds in a variety of locations each year. The aim of the Supplier Days is to notify partners about important targets and measures at HUGO BOSS, promote common developments in the supply chain, and strengthen the partnership through interaction. In addition, external speakers share their expertise on relevant current topics, such as digitalization, to inspire the participants to evolve. Insights from this dialog are incorporated directly into the sustainability strategy.

The Supplier Council also provides a platform for exchange. It is a selected group of suppliers who exchange ideas on specific topics. They meet under the leadership of the COO of HUGO BOSS and discuss opportunities and challenges together. The aim is to understand the needs of suppliers even better and to drive future developments forward together.

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Further information

Social aspects of the supply chain

Ensuring good social conditions in our supply chain is very important to HUGO BOSS. That’s why all suppliers commit to complying with the HUGO BOSS Social Standards.

Environmental aspects of the supply chain

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 partners on this topic.

Promoting equal opportunities

With a large proportion of women among our employees, we focus in particular on the advancement of women in terms of equal opportunities as part of our Corporate Citizenship Strategy. The aim is to train and develop women and accompany them on the path to success.