Suppliers

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

Our suppliers

HUGO BOSS factories are located in Metzingen (Germany), Radom (Poland), Morrovalle (Italy), and Izmir (Turkey). 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 – 80% – 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 all of our finished goods suppliers and their corresponding production sites. Our supplier map contains all first-tier production sites that HUGO BOSS plans to continue partnerships with in 2018 (with the exception of own production sites). This map is updated regularly. Due to these regular updates, the number of suppliers identified on the map differs from the number in the sustainability report.

Number of Suppliers
Product Category

List of Suppliers

Regional distribution of procurement and production volume

Share in %

2
Americas
12
Western Europe
44
Eastern Europe
4
North Africa
38
Asia
as of
2018

Collaboration

HUGO BOSS has business relationships with its strategic partners that go back ten 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 Social Standards and the Restricted Substances List.
     
  3. Verification
    For potential finished goods suppliers, HUGO BOSS carries out a social compliance audit on site. Raw materials suppliers must provide a self-disclosure for social compliance. In addition, the financial stability of the supplier is reviewed and the respective country risk is assessed.

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 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, which contains measures to correct the deficiencies. For more information, see our supplier fact sheet.

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. At the Supplier Day 2017, for example, the minimum requirements for a governance model were defined in a joint workshop. It presents a framework for defining the suppliers’ responsibilities for sustainability aspects in their supply chains and represents the foundation for increased transparency. All strategic suppliers of HUGO BOSS must implement a like governance model for their supply chains by 2020.

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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.

Career advancement

Education and work are key prerequisites for participation in society. That’s why HUGO BOSS is committed to career advancement.