Animal Welfare

A special responsibility for animal welfare
Many of the materials that HUGO BOSS uses for its products originate from animals – such as leather, wool, and down. This results in a special responsibility for animal welfare. That’s why it’s very important to the company to follow recognized standards for animal welfare and biodiversity. HUGO BOSS is opposed to both animal testing and inappropriate animal husbandry and breeding methods. The company avoids farmed furs and exotic leather types and exclusively uses leather produced as a by-product of the food industry.

HUGO BOSS strictly follows recognized standards for animal welfare and biodiversity, such as the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The company has also collaborated with animal welfare organizations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for many years, to achieve improvements in animal welfare.

Last but not least, HUGO BOSS endeavors to replace animal materials with substitutes. For its efforts – such as the HUGO Menswear “Merat” parka – HUGO BOSS received the Vegan Fashion Award from PETA Germany in 2017.

Vegan Fashion Award 2017
Parka Merat


  • Use at HUGO BOSS

    Due to its luxurious appearance and high durability, leather is used in many HUGO BOSS products – for example, in jackets, shoes, bags, and accessories. In 2017, leather comprised 10% of all our materials used.

  • Animal welfare aspects

    Animal welfare aspects such as the ethical treatment of animals and the protection of biodiversity are very important to us. The use of leather isn’t just an animal welfare issue, it also has environmental aspects, such as in the tanning process – read more about this under sustainable materials.

  • Measures

    In late 2016, HUGO BOSS stopped using farmed furs and exotic leather types. Instead, we exclusively use bovine hinds, goatskins, sheepskins, and buffalo hides that are produced as a by-product of the food industry.

    We also use vegan imitations in selected styles – and even received the Vegan Fashion Award from PETA for our efforts in 2017. The company also endeavors to develop innovative alternatives in collaboration with external partners, such as startups, and encourage their use: in 2018, for example, we launched a limited collection of sneakers made of natural Piñatex® fibers, which come from pineapple leaves and are produced by Ananas Anam.


  • Use at HUGO BOSS

    HUGO BOSS uses high-quality types of wool, such as Merino and cashmere, for its knitwear, suits, slacks, and more. This natural material has many positive properties: it is thermo-regulating, soft to the skin, and especially durable. In 2017, wool comprised 16% of all our materials used.

  • Animal welfare aspects

    Sustainable wool involves many aspects – including animal welfare, gentle shearing of the animals, and avoidance of the painful mulesing process.

  • Measures

    HUGO BOSS plans to publish guidelines for the procurement of sustainable wool by the end of 2018. In addition, we intend to increase the share of mulesing-free wool in pure wool knitted products in our collections to 90% by 2020.

    A major challenge here is the availability of sustainable wool in sufficient quality and quantity. Nonetheless, we already achieved an 88% share of mulesing-free wool in our pure wool knitted products in our fall/winter collection 2017, and even 100% in our pure wool socks.

    In another animal welfare measure, HUGO BOSS avoids angora wool in our knitted products completely, because its production normally involves procedures that are extremely painful to the animals.


  • Use at HUGO BOSS

    This special kind of feather is popular due to its thermo-regulating properties. As such, it is used primarily for outerwear products at HUGO BOSS. In 2017, down comprised around 1% of all our materials used.

  • Animal welfare aspects

    Here, as well, animal welfare is crucial. Forced feeding and live plucking pose special problems.

  • Measures

    Starting with our fall/winter collection 2016, HUGO BOSS exclusively uses down that is produced without live plucking or forced feeding and has documented origins. We also use high-quality padding made of at least 60% recycled materials, such as PET bottles, in many of our styles. For more information, see Sustainable materials.

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