Fields of Action & Targets

Sustainability is firmly rooted in the company
HUGO BOSS takes its responsibility seriously. That’s why it is firmly rooted in the organizational structure – at the very top level. Overall responsibility for sustainability lies with the Managing Board of HUGO BOSS. At its meetings, the Managing Board handles sustainability topics along the value chain and approves the standards that apply Group-wide.

Clear organization – six fields of action

The company has established efficient sustainability management structures to ensure consistent execution of the sustainability strategy. The Sustainability Committee, headed by the Chief Executive Officer, is the central body for coordinating the sustainability strategy. It is staffed by the persons responsible from all relevant divisions.

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 fields of action have been defined which concentrate on the following key topics: We, Environment, Employees, Partners, Products, and Society.

 

Our fields of action and targets

  • We: Vision and strategy

    The strategy under which HUGO BOSS focuses its sustainability activities is developed here. Together with its stakeholders, HUGO BOSS conducts analyses, decides on the most important sustainability topics, and designs measures to live up to its responsibility more and more each year. The We field of action forms the overarching strategic framework. Therefore, HUGO BOSS does not define any specific sustainability goals under We. The Company‘s goals are detailed under the individual fields of action.

     

  • Environment

    HUGO BOSS is committed to the introduction and further development of environmentally and climate-friendly processes and takes appropriate measures to improve the environmental footprint of its own locations, production facilities and stores as well as the entire logistics chain. In this context, the careful use of natural resources is just as important as the avoidance and recycling of waste and the reduction of CO2 emissions.

    Targets in the environment area 

    • Reduction of CO2 emissions (Scope 1+2) by at least 51 % (by 2030, compared with the base year 2018)
    • Reduction of CO2 emissions (Scope 3) by 30 % (by 2030, compared with the base year 2018)
    • Reduction of energy consumption (direct and indirect) in relation to area (m²) by 20 % (by 2030, compared with the base year 2018)
    • Reduction of own water consumption in relation to Group sales by 40 % (by 2025, compared with the base year 2016)
    • Reduction of waste volume in the production facilities in Izmir (Turkey) by 3 % (by 2020, compared with the base year 2019)

     

  • Employees

    HUGO BOSS assumes responsibility for the well-being of its employees and promotes a corporate culture of mutual appreciation and respect. The Company is committed to equal opportunities, helps employees to reconcile their private and professional lives, offers very good development opportunities and ensures safe, healthy workplaces. HUGO BOSS aims to inspire its employees every single day, motivate them with challenging and varied tasks, and retain their loyalty.

    Targets in the employees area

    • Increase in employee satisfaction to 75 % in the Great Place to Work® survey (by 2025)
    • Reduction of employee-specific fluctuation (departures) to below 8 % in the Corporate area and to 30 % in the Retail area (by 2025)
    • 75 % of vacancies for the two top management levels
      to be filled with internal candidates (by 2025)

     

  • Partners

    In addition to manufacturing at HUGO BOSS’ own production sites, the Company sources finished goods as well as fabrics and trimmings from numerous suppliers globally. As their customer, HUGO BOSS assumes co-responsibility for the well-being of their employees and the protection of the environment in the sourcing countries. The basis for cooperation is therefore respect for human rights and compliance with internationally recognized environmental and social standards, which are reviewed in regular audits.

    Targets in the partners area (selection)

    • All finished goods suppliers have an appropriate control system for their supply chain (by 2025)
    • Sourcing of all goods from finished goods suppliers (including the company’s own production sites) who achieve a result of “satisfying” or better in the social audits (by 2025)
    • All fabrics and trimmings suppliers with a direct contractual ­relationship with HUGO BOSS are integrated into the HUGO BOSS Social Compliance Program
    • All suppliers with a high environmental impact comply with national environmental legislation, contribute towards the implementation of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) standards and support the UNFCCC Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action (by 2025)
    • All suppliers with wet processes produce in compliance with the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (by 2030)
  • Products

    HUGO BOSS aspires to develop collections that not only meet customers’ high standards in terms of design, quality, longevity and innovation, but also pose no social, health or environmental risks. HUGO BOSS therefore gives high priority to manufacturing processes that conserve resources as much as possible, the responsible use of chemicals in production, animal welfare and biodiversity protection.

    Targets in the products area (selection)

    • Use of 100 % sustainably sourced cotton in accordance with the criteria of the HUGO BOSS Cotton Commitment (by 2025)
    • Use of 100 % mulesing-free wool in purely woolen knitted products (by 2025)
    • 100 % of the leather used is to come from tanneries certified by the Leather Working Group or a similar standard (by 2025)
    • Use of at least 50 % recycled synthetic fibers (by 2025)
    • 100 % of plastic packaging is made of recycled or other sustainably sourced material (by 2025)
    • 100 % of the packaging paper comes from sustainably managed forests and/or is made of recycled material (by 2025)
  • Society

    HUGO BOSS‘ commitment to social welfare is an integral part of its corporate responsibility. With its corporate citizenship strategy, HUGO BOSS also leverages being a role model as a global leading fashion company. The focus is directed towards supporting and promoting educational opportunities for young people, as well as the Company’s commitment to further education opportunities.   

    Targets in the society area

    • Reaching 2,100 women from a weak economic background with training in the IŞKUR project (by 2025)
    • Reaching 1,400 children through the HUGO BOSS Education Association (by 2025)

     

Sustainability Program: Today. Tomorrow. Always.

In our annually published Sustainability Program, HUGO BOSS defines ambitious goals and effective measures on the way to greater sustainability. In 2019, we fundamentally revised the program. Our activities and goals in the individual fields of action are now summarized in accordance with the concept “Today. Tomorrow. Always.” The new program shows that sustainability is a continuous process within the company, which is constantly evolving and is firmly anchored in our business activities.

Today. Milestones achieved in the current reporting year and initiatives and programmes implemented to strengthen sustainability in the corresponding field of action.

Tomorrow. Medium- and long-term goals in the respective field of action, their time horizon and implementation status.

Always. Ongoing efforts and commitments in the fields of action that form the basis of sustainability management.

The sustainability program also clearly shows the contribution that the Company makes to the SDGs through its activities.

Read the Sustainability Program

 

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