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.

Craftsmanship - quality in every detail

HUGO BOSS gives is products maximum attention: Our standard for quality increases the durability of our products and thus their useful lives. 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 – as a prerequisite for ensuring long-lasting products. Wherever quality aspects permit it, we make sure to choose more sustainable materials. Advocating for appropriate animal husbandry and breeding practices is a natural part of this strategy. The company is opposed to both animal testing and inappropriate animal husbandry and breeding methods. When our materials have an animal origin, such as leather, wool, or down, we strictly follow recognized animal welfare and biodiversity standards such as the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

To make well-founded 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.

  • 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

80%
sustainable cotton according to the criteria of the Cotton Commitment
sustainable cotton according to the criteria of the Cotton Commitment
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by 2025
25%
sustainable leather from LWG-certified tanneries
sustainable leather from LWG-certified tanneries
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by 2019
90%
mulesing-free wool in pure wool knitted products
mulesing-free wool in pure wool knitted products
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by 2020

Resource conservation

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

In its Circular Design Strategy, HUGO BOSS has defined clear targets for designing and manufacturing products that can be returned to the materials cycle after use, so valuable resources can be reused. 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 far along 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. We also use recycled materials for product packaging.

HUGO BOSS also strives to minimize production waste. We use intelligent cutting programs, for example, that calculate the best possible distribution of product components across the fabric, to waste as little as possible. The optimization at our own production site in Izmir was so successful that in 2017, the location was able to reduce consumption by 155,000 meters of fabric and trimmings compared to the previous 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.

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Current Topics

Circular Design Training at HUGO BOSS

Publication of the HUGO BOSS Roadmap 2018 within the framework of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles

Workshop of ideas for a more sustainable future - HUGO BOSS at the FashionSustain Thinkathon