Creating Values Together

Creating value for the future

For HUGO BOSS, sustainability means creating fascinating, innovative, high-quality products – and taking responsibility for ethical corporate governance.

The sustainability targets that result from this perception support the company-wide vision of HUGO BOSS to be the most desired premium brand in the fashion and lifestyle segment: 

  • The customer of tomorrow wants high-quality products that are made in a responsible way.
  • In addition to meeting this expectation, we also generate added value for customers through innovative products.
  • HUGO BOSS uses innovative technologies to ensure its future viability.

That’s why quality, innovation, and responsibility form the foundation of our sustainability strategy.

  • Quality

    HUGO BOSS products are characterized by high-quality material selection and processing, so customers can enjoy them for an extended amount of time.

    This also involves choosing business partners carefully – and for the long term. In the long-standing relationships that HUGO BOSS maintains with its suppliers, both sides develop together, fostering a common understanding of values that ensures the quality of the results.

    Our products aren’t just durable; they’re also safe. This is ensured by strict chemicals management: All partners are required to comply with the Restricted Substances List, with which the company defines the strict maximum amounts of chemicals the products may contain. Compliance is ensured through regular product tests.

  • Innovation

    HUGO BOSS sees it as a natural responsibility to help to shape the future. That’s why HUGO BOSS works with its suppliers and creative partners – such as startups – to develop innovative sustainable processes and materials. To achieve this, the company uses flexible processes and agile project methods – new ways of working create innovative ideas.

    With this approach, HUGO BOSS is ensuring its own future viability and positioning itself for a long-lasting existence on the market. What’s more, the reduction of waste, energy consumption, and emissions through technologies also creates an economic advantage.

  • Responsibility

    HUGO BOSS chooses its partners carefully and responsibly. Every new supplier goes through a clearly defined onboarding process. Audits, training courses, and action plans help the partners to improve continuously – creating the foundation for long-term collaboration.

    Business activities at HUGO BOSS also affect the environment and animal welfare. That’s why it's anchored in our strategy to use sustainable materials, abstain from the use of hazardous chemicals, and advocate for appropriate animal husbandry and breeding practices.

    HUGO BOSS also has a responsibility to own employees and to society at large. HUGO BOSS provides a safe workplace and opportunities to get actively involved in the company and continually learn new things. And HUGO BOSS also supports development potential elsewhere, for example: With donations to UNICEF education projects, career advancement programs, and widespread cultural sponsorship, the company lives up to its societal responsibility.

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, 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 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Around 143,000 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

HUGO BOSS works hard to continually reduce the environmental impact of its products. For example, at least 60% of all padding used has been recycled. The company has defined a target of obtaining 80% of all cotton used from sustainable production by 2025.

SDG 13: Climate Action

HUGO BOSS uses green electricity at its company sites – avoiding around 10,000 tons of CO2. Sustainability is considered as early as the construction phase. Many of the company’s buildings have their own arrays. They generated around 640,000 kWh of electricity in 2017.

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 2017, 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.

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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.