Creating Values Together

Creating value for the future

Sustainability means for HUGO BOSS, creating innovative, high-quality products, while at the same time taking responsibility for an 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  supporting the CLAIM 5 growth strategy. Under the motto "No planet, no fashion!", HUGO BOSS wants to become even more successful and achieve sustainable growth in the long term through forward-looking, continuously improved management of ecological, social and economic opportunities and risks.

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 more 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. We are therefore committed to respecting human rights along our entire value chain and expect the same from our employees, business partners and third parties directly or indirectly related to HUGO BOSS. To meet this goal, we have established a process (due diligence process) for complying with human rights due diligence obligations, which is updated at regular intervals.

  • Respect for Human Rights

    Respect for human rights along our entire value chain is fundamental to us – as explained in the Policy Statement by the HUGO BOSS Managing Board. This position is applied throughout our organization through the HUGO BOSS Code of Conduct, the HUGO BOSS Supplier Code of Conduct and the HUGO BOSS Human Rights Policy. In this way, our own employees and those of our partners around the world are covered by the rules, which are based on international standards.

  • Risk analysis of human rights impacts

    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 process) is applied. This involves analyzing and classifying risks and determining specific measures depending on their type and assessment. External stakeholders have also been involved in the past in order to prioritize the risk areas and risk groups. 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 as well as when entering into new business relations such as merger&acquisitions or joint ventures. In our human rights due diligence process, we focus on materiality, severity of consequences and the possibilities for compensation. It also takes into account so-called "vulnerable groups" which are generally at increased risk of potential human rights violations. These include children, young workers, women, migrant workers, indigenous peoples and homeworkers. As we bear a particularly large responsibility for our own employees and have a direct influence on how we deal with human rights issues, we also consider them as a separate group in our risk analysis. Our assessment is based on various risks, such as the sector risks defined by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. 

    Results of the current risk analysis

    The current analysis shows that there is an increased risk of potential human rights violations especially in our supply chain and in the sourcing of raw materials. The results of this analysis are also in line with the results of our materiality analysis. In this context, relevant risk areas such as child and forced labor (including modern slavery and human trafficking), working hours, occupational health and safety, freedom of association and collective bargaining, fair remuneration, and discrimination were assessed. Due to severe consequences of actual violations in the areas of child and forced labor, these risks were prioritized. In addition, an increased risk for children and migrant and foreign workers in the areas of child labor, forced labor and occupational health and safety was identified. Our last assessment based on the Company’s own audit data from 2020 furthermore revealed that Asia performs weaker than other regions.

  • Targeted measures

    The results of the risk analysis show us where we need to take targeted action to minimize human rights risks. In doing so, we pursue an approach that aims to reduce the likelihood of human rights violations occurring from the start. To this end, we have introduced targeted measures for our supply chain that prevent negative impacts on human rights or, in the event of a negative impact occurring, make amends. For example, we require all our suppliers to comply with certain social standards that we have defined in our HUGO BOSS Supplier Code of Conduct and monitor their compliance at regular intervals. In addition, we provide our suppliers with guidelines for particularly sensitive issues, for example with the HUGO BOSS Child Labor and Forced Labor Policy. Extensive information on our social management in the supply chain, such as social audits and engagement on key issues, can be found here, for example in the section on our Social Compliance Program.

  • Complaints Procedure

    However, if our preventive measures are not sufficient to prevent negative human rights impacts in individual cases, we give those affected the opportunity to report them. We provide our own employees with several internal complaint channels. In addition, HUGO BOSS employees, our partners and suppliers, as well as the Company's customers and other third parties, have the option to use the HUGO BOSS Whistleblowing Portal or to directly contact the HUGO BOSS Ombudsman, an external lawyer of trust, with questions and complaints about social standards, working conditions or human rights. Employees in the supply chain are also free to use other options such as the FLA. We also monitor incident reports beyond our own channels to identify risks in the supply chain, for example via the Incident List of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. If information about incidents at its own production facilities or those contracted by HUGO BOSS comes to light, the Company contacts their management to ensure that appropriate measures are taken. You can find more information on our complaint channels here.

    It is important for us to report continuously and transparently on our activities and goals. We use various platforms for this purpose, such as our annual Sustainability Report. Especially in the chapter on partners, extensive information on measures such as social audits, which are intended to minimize particular risks in the supply chain, can be found.

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, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 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.

SDG 5&10: Gender Equality & Reduced Inequalities

A central component of our corporate citizenship strategy is to promote equal opportunities in general and women and diversity in particular. To this end, for example, we offer the "Open Doors for Women" project at our production 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 2020, Group-wide water consumption fell by about 21% 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 our own Scope 1 and 2 emissions are to be reduced by at least 51% compared to 2018. For scope 3 emissions, which relate to our indirect emissions in the value chain, we aim to achieve a reduction of 30%.

SDG 14 & 15: Life below water & life on land

Preserving biodiversity and protecting climate are particularly important to us at HUGO BOSS. For example, by using more sustainable materials and by processing them in an environmentally friendly way, we want to protect valuable ecosystems and reduce the loss of biodiversity on land and in our oceans.

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

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 program 'Open Doors for Women', HUGO BOSS supports women in Izmir in their return to working life.

Current Topics

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Multiple perspectives, one goal: How can we collectively make the textile industry more sustainable?
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HUGO BOSS publishes its Sustainability Report for 2021
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