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 12 (responsible consumption and production), 13 (climate action) and 17 (partnerships for the goals).

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. Last but not least, we strive to replace animal materials through substitutes. On example for this effort 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. 

What we want to achieve

of our product range consists of RESPONSIBLE styles
of our product range consists of RESPONSIBLE styles
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by 2025
100 %
sustainably sourced cotton according to the criteria of the Cotton Commitment
sustainably sourced cotton according to the criteria of the Cotton Commitment
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by 2025
100 %
sustainable leather from LWG-certified tanneries or tanneries with a similar standard
sustainable leather from LWG-certified tanneries or tanneries with a similar standard
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by 2025

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.

In its Circular Design Strategy, HUGO BOSS has set itself clear targets for conserving resources. In addition, we also optimize the design process itself: new technologies are continually reducing the number of prototypes needed. In many cases, new models are initially created as virtual 3D models on computers. This approach is so well developed that we can even present complete collections to retail partners graphically in a digital showroom, avoiding the resource-intensive production of sample collections simply for the ordering phase.

In addition to reusability, the use of already recycled materials is playing an increasingly important role in choosing our materials – always subject to the requirement that they meet our quality demands and those of our customers, of course. At least 60% of padding for all our apparel lines and accessories has come from recycled materials for some time now, for example. Our goal is to use at least 50% recycled synthetic fibers by 2025. Together with other apparel brands, we continue to drive the use of recycled synthetic fibers together: we are an official participant in the Recycled Polyester Challenge of Textile Exchange and the Fashion Industry Charter. Participants set targets to replace their used polyester with recycled polyester, increasing the overall share of recycled polyester across the industry to 45% by 2025. We also use recycled materials for product packaging. By 2025, 100% of our plastic packaging is made of recycled or other 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.

Circular design: Circular economy for fashion

Using resources sustainably, thinking in cycles – in the fashion industry, this primarily refers to reusing and recycling garments. HUGO BOSS is committed to a circular design strategy to support this cycle and has defined clear targets.

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).

Current Topics

May | 18 | 2022
HUGO BOSS publishes its Sustainability Report for 2021
Apr | 22 | 2022
HUGO collaborates with IAMWILD® for Earth Day styles
Apr | 08 | 2022
HUGO BOSS invests in a sustainable apparel technology