Ideas for tomorrow

Innovation meets responsibility

Our products combine high quality and demanding design with ethical standards and compliance with environment and health requirements. Clear guidelines, sound knowledge, and dialog with partners help HUGO BOSS to integrate sustainability in our daily decisions. Through this approach, we pursue innovative, sustainable solutions that capture the full potential of our possibilities.

Through this comprehensive approach, we are contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals 6 (clean water and sanitation), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 13 (climate action), 14 (life below water), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the goals). In that way, HUGO BOSS is also contributing to its goals in the area of climate protection and biodiversity.

Craftsmanship - quality in every detail

HUGO BOSS gives its products maximum attention: Our standard for quality increases the durability of our products. Our product experts follow every collection down to the finishing touches. High-quality materials meet excellent craftsmanship, with a special focus on the details.

Responsible use of materials

HUGO BOSS has always used high-quality materials and processing techniques in order to create long-lasting products. In product development, we attach great importance to the selection of more sustainable materials. It is a standard part of this strategy to pay attention to species-appropriate animal breeding and husbandry methods. The company rejects animal testing as well as inappropriate animal breeding and husbandry methods. When it comes to materials of animal origin, such as leather, wool or down, we strictly adhere to recognized animal-welfare and species-protection guidelines. For example, we follow the guidelines of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIC) and recognize "the five freedoms" as guiding principles for animal welfare. This defines certain freedoms as the minimum requirements for animal husbandry. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is also an important principle that guides our actions.

To make sure that we make the right decisions as part of our sustainable materials strategies, we have conducted an extensive natural capital evaluation of all our materials.

No hazardous chemicals

As a natural part of the HUGO BOSS definition of quality, no hazardous chemicals are used to produce our products. This is decisive to the safety of our employees and the health of our customers. Find out more about this topic here.

  • Animal materials

    HUGO BOSS is opposed to both animal testing and inappropriate animal husbandry and breeding methods. We avoid farmed fur and exotic leather types and use only bovine hides, goatskins, sheepskins, and buffalo hides that are produced as a by-product of the food industry. An example of the complete avoidance of animal materials is the first vegan BOSS suit.

  • Plant materials

    Cotton alone accounts for around 50% of all materials used by HUGO BOSS. That’s why we place the highest demands on this raw material, which is grown worldwide under different social, geographic, environmental, and economic conditions. The HUGO BOSS Cotton Commitment describes all the requirements of sustainable cotton cultivation, including both environmental aspects (such as the use of land, water, and chemicals) and socio-economic factors such as the labor conditions of cotton workers.

  • Innovative materials

    At HUGO BOSS, innovation and sustainability go hand in hand. We develop our product ideas for the future on interdisciplinary teams, in collaboration with partners, startups, and other creative people. The goal is to develop these products into marketable commodities as quickly as possible, to satisfy the desires of tomorrow’s customers. Currently particularly exciting: As part of a long-term, strategic partnership with HeiQ (LSE: HEIQ), we are investing in a game-changing, new, sustainable apparel technology for the production of a bio-based cellulosic yarn, as an alternative to polyester.

Where we stand today

of our product range consists of RESPONSIBLE styles by 2025
Target by 2025
≥60
of our product range consists of RESPONSIBLE styles
Current status
31%
2025
 | 
2021
cotton from more sustsinable sources
Target by 2025
100%
cotton from more sustsinable sources
Current status
79%
2030
 | 
2021
of our product range is part of the circular economy
Target by 2030
80%
80% of our product range will be part of the circular economy
Target by 2030
New target
2030
 | 
2021

Resource conservation

HUGO BOSS works continuously to conserve resources involved in the manufacture of its products, as well as to enable their recycling at the end of their lives.

We have integrated these demands into our circularity strategy, which follows three guiding principles. We aim to develop solutions for technical and biological textile cycles, in order to keep textiles in the cycle for as long as possible, we aim to expand the recycling potential of our own products, and we aim to implement circular business models such as repair and resale. The company has also set itself a clear target in this context: by 2030, 8 out of 10 of our products will be part of the circular economy. We already handle resources responsibly in the product packaging area and, for example, use recycled materials. By 2025, 100% of our plastic packaging is made of recycled or other more sustainably sourced material.

HUGO BOSS also strives to minimize production waste. To achieve this, we use intelligent cutting programs that calculate the most efficient distribution of product components across the fabric in order to waste as little as possible. Our largest in-house production site in Izmir has also set itself the goal of reducing the volume of waste by 3% within one year. Production waste can’t be prevented completely, however, so we try to make sensible use of it – for example, by offering giveaways such as key rings and wallets made from leather-trimming waste.

Circularity

Using resources sustainably, thinking in cycles – in the fashion industry, this primarily refers to reusing and recycling garments. HUGO BOSS has developed a Circularity strategy to support this cycle and has defined a clear target.

Biodiversity at HUGO BOSS

As we believe it is important for us to protect our planet's valuable biodiversity, we strictly align our actions with recognized standards on animal welfare, environmental and climate protection. Our biodiversity strategy paper provides a comprehensive overview on all the the various impacts and measures at HUGO BOSS. It builds on a white paper we prepared jointly with the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

TARGETS IN THE AREA OF PRODUCTS (Selection)

  • 100% sustainably sourced cotton by 2025

    By 2025, we will use 100% sustainably sourced cotton in accordance with the criteria of the HUGO BOSS Cotton Commitment.

    Current status: 79%

  • ≥60% of the product range consists of RESPONSIBLE styles by 2025

    Our RESPONSIBLE styles are also a particularly important component of our journey towards a more sustainable future: They contain at least 60% more sustainable raw materials that are more sustainable and are manufactured according to stringent environmental and social standards. By 2025, they will cover at least 60% of our product range.

    Current status: 31% 

  • 80% of the product range is part of the circular economy by 2030

    In the context of circularity, our products will become more durable and recyclable and easier to reuse and repair. By 2030, 80% of our product range will be part of the circular economy. We are taking the first steps towards this goal by providing comprehensive training on circular design concepts to our employees who work in design and product development.

    Current status: New target, first target update takes place for 2022

  • 30% of all products contribute to a water-saving footprint through responsible treatment processes by 2025

    Our goal is that 30% of all our products will contribute to a water-saving footprint by 2025 through responsible material treatment processes of the material such as dyeing, washing, refinement and tanning. The wWater consumption in the manufacture of these products will be reduced by at least 30%.

    Current status: New target, first target update takes place for 2022

  • 100% of leather from LWG-certified or comparable tanneries by 2025

    By 2025, 100% of the leather used is to come from tanneries certified by the Leather Working Group or a similar standard.

    Current status: 72% 

  • Use of 100% mulesing-free wool in purely woolen suits by 2025.

    By 2025, we will use only mulesing-free wool in our purely woolen suits. Already today, we use exclusively mulesing-free wool in our purely woolen knitted products.

    Current status: New target, first target update takes place for 2022

Current Topics

Jul | 18 | 2022
ZDHC awards HUGO BOSS with the highest ranking in chemical management
May | 18 | 2022
HUGO BOSS publishes its Sustainability Report for 2021
Apr | 22 | 2022
HUGO collaborates with IAMWILD® for Earth Day styles