Creating Values Together

Creating value for the future

Sustainability means for HUGO BOSS, creating innovative, high-quality products, taking responsibility and living for ethical corporate governance. In doing so, the sustainability targets we have set ourselves must take into account the demands of our stakeholders and support our company-wide vision to be the most desirable premium fashion and lifestyle brand.

We bear responsibility for a complex global value chain and choose our partners like suppliers and distributors carefully and responsibly. Every new supplier goes through a clearly defined onboarding process. Audits, training courses and action plans help our partners to improve continuously and create incentives to implement our quality standards in their own processes – creating the foundation for long-term collaboration. Business activities at HUGO BOSS also affect the environment and animal welfare. That’s why we use sustainable materials, abstain from the use of hazardous chemicals, and advocate for appropriate animal husbandry and breeding practices. We also plan and operate our buildings as sustainably as possible and choose environmentally friendly transport routes.

As a company that is active around the world, we are aware of our social responsibility. What applies to our business activities externally must also apply internally. This is reflected in our responsibility for society in general and our responsibility for our own employees. While we contribute to the common good, for example, with donations and projects, we offer our employees not only a safe working environment but also many opportunities to become involved in the company and receive ongoing training.

Human Rights have top priority

We take responsibility not only for our own products but also for the people who develop, produce and sell them. The basis is respect for human rights, which we have laid down in our Human Rights Policy and in a statement by the Board

  • Respect for Human Rights

    We are therefore committed to respecting human rights along our entire value chain and expect the same from our employees as well as from all business partners and third parties directly or indirectly related to HUGO BOSS. Respecting human rights and internationally recognized social standards is a key challenge.

  • Risk Management Process Human Rights

    We are aware that our international sourcing activities are associated with potential and actual negative impacts on these rights. Human rights-related risks such as occupational health and safety are therefore also an elementary component of the company's management of risk, in which a defined process (Due Diligence) is applied. This involves analyzing and classifying risks and determining specific measures depending on their type and assessment. We carry out risk assessments for the entire value chain – from the production of raw materials to the manufacture of fabrics and apparel, including administration and transportation, through to the sale of the products to the customer. Human rights-related risks are occurring more frequently, especially among suppliers' subcontractors. Discover more.

  • Complaints Procedure

    Not only do we expect our employees and partners to conduct themselves in a legally impeccable manner, we also provide them with our own Codes of Conduct as part of our compliance management system. We encourage our employees, as well as external people such as our suppliers’ employees, to report indications of or complaints about compliance violations, like for example exceeding maximum working hours. We take every reported incident seriously and investigate cases comprehensively using a standardized process - from receipt of the complaint to investigation, processing and feedback to the complainant. Our employees, suppliers, their employees and other third parties may contact an independent external ombudsman. If released by the whistleblower, information is then forwarded to the Compliance department.

    Employees of suppliers, on the other hand, have their own anonymous complaint mechanism in addition to contact via the ombudsman. You can find more information about our employees' complaints mechanism here.

HUGO BOSS supports the UN SDGs

HUGO BOSS views sustainability as a continuous improvement process, which contributes to ensure the long-term success of the company through forward-looking management of opportunities and risks. In the implementation and further development of its sustainability strategy, HUGO BOSS conducts dialog and collaborates with its stakeholders, focusing its efforts on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. With its sustainability activities and projects, HUGO BOSS makes a significant contribution to the SDGs 4, 6, 8, 12, 13 and 17.

SDG 4: Quality Education

HUGO BOSS sees itself as part of society. This is why it is particularly important to us to support access to quality education at an early age, while at the same time promoting professional training opportunities. Therefore, we are committed, for example, to UNICEF education initiatives in Africa and Bangladesh on the one hand, and at the same time to the re-entry of women into working life at our site in Izmir (Turkey).

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

The careful use of natural resources such as water is an essential part of our environmental commitment. In addition to reduced consumption, it is also important to keep the resource as pure as possible where it is needed by means of professional chemical management. In 2019, Group-wide water consumption fell by about 8 % compared to the previous year.

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Around 125,000 employees of finished goods suppliers are covered by the extensive HUGO BOSS Social Compliance Program. In addition, HUGO BOSS is committed to improving working conditions in the supply chain, for instance, through the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles.

SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption

We work to continuously reduce the environmental impact of our products. By 2025, 100% of the cotton sourced by HUGO BOSS will come from sustainable cultivation. In addition, at least 50% of the synthetic fibers used will come from recycled sources by 2025.

SDG 13: Climate Action

We improve the ecological footprint of our company's own sites, production facilities and shops as well as the entire logistics chain. By 2030, CO2 emissions along the entire value chain are to be reduced by 30% compared to 2018.

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Close collaboration with partners is a prerequisite for HUGO BOSS to meet its sustainability goals. That’s why the company is active in a number of initiatives and associations, such as the Better Cotton Initiative and the Leather Working Group.

Strategy and implementation

Materiality Analysis

The materiality analysis for HUGO BOSS was last updated extensively in 2019, with an exact analysis of the most important sustainability topics affected by the value chain. The insights from this analysis form the foundation of our sustainability strategy.

Natural Capital Evaluation

Which environmental activities affect the environment? The natural capital evaluation provides answers to this question. It identifies hot spots with particularly high environmental impacts along the entire value chain. The results of the natural capital evaluation are incorporated directly into the materiality analysis.

Stakeholder Dialog

HUGO BOSS places great value in close cooperation with its stakeholders, to ensure that sustainability is firmly rooted in our organization. To this end, the company is active in numerous multi-stakeholder initiatives and maintains a permanent dialog with its employees, partners, and suppliers.

Fields of Action & Targets

Strategic, targeted measures and a clear organization – characteristics of the sustainability activities at HUGO BOSS. To ensure that the company’s commitment is focused and meaningful, six action areas have been defined which concentrate on selected key topics.

Sustainability along the value chain

Globally procured raw materials, partners, suppliers, and customers all over the world; and countless goods and products exchanged back and forth between them: The value chain at HUGO BOSS is complex – and the company is committed to making it more sustainable from start to finish.

  1. Raw materials, such as cotton, wool, and leather, are the basis of all products. That’s why their procurement marks the start of the value chain.
  2. In the next step, yarn and fabric production, the raw materials are processed into the textiles that will be used later to create the finished products.
  3. During manufacturing, the designs of the collections take place: Textiles are tailored and sewn and prototypes and batch goods are produced.
  4. The administration monitors the processes and ensures they run smoothly.
  5. Last but not least, the finished products are sold by the company’s retail outlets or through partners.
  6. The logistics processes span the entire value chain and link producing countries, markets, and customers with one another. This includes appropriate product packaging for each step.


Examples of implementing our strategy

Improving Working Conditions in Tamil Nadu

As a member of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, HUGO BOSS supports the initiative for Tamil Nadu (southern India), which aims to improve the working conditions in the local textile industry through joint dialog and targeted training courses.

HUGO BOSS builds sustainably

Our own photovoltaic systems, timers and fully automated warehouses that save energy for lighting and heating: Even at the planning stage, HUGO BOSS ensures that new buildings meet the highest standards of sustainable architecture.

Women's return to Work in Izmir

Izmir in Turkey is the largest own production site. This is why it is particularly important for HUGO BOSS to be committed to the community here. With the Iskur program, HUGO BOSS supports women in Izmir in their return to working life.

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