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Training on climate protection for suppliers in Vietnam

October 2018 - HUGO BOSS is committed to reducing its impact on climate change in the supply chain. Together with other German fashion brands, we are supporting a training course aimed at sensitising textile suppliers in Vietnam to climate protection. This is organized, among others, by the Global Compact Network Germany and WWF Germany. The consulting firm Systain Consulting trains suppliers on how to reduce greenhouse gases, use energy more efficiently and increasingly use renewable energy sources. Around 80 participants from around 30 factories, including 8 HUGO BOSS suppliers, take part in this training.

Further organizers are: Global Compact Network Vietnam, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI-HCM), WWF Vietnam.

HUGO BOSS included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World for the second consecutive year

September 2018 - HUGO BOSS AG was included into the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World for the second consecutive year. As such, the Group is one of the four companies in the textiles, apparel and luxury segment to have qualified for the index this year. 

The further inclusion of HUGO BOSS in this index underscores the Company’s efforts to promote sustainability in recent years and evaluates these in relation to other companies in the textile industry. In the assessment of the submitted data by RobecoSAM, HUGO BOSS scored best in class in the following categories:

·  Brand Management

·  Risk & Crisis Management

·  Tax Strategy

·  Occupational Health and Safety

The DJSI World numbers among the highest-profile indices for sustainability, representing the top 10 percent of the largest 2,500 entities listed in the S&P Global Broad Market Index based on their outstanding commitment to sustainability leadership.

The Company publishes full and detailed information on its engagement annually in the HUGO BOSS Sustainability Report which can be accessed here.

Publication of the HUGO BOSS Roadmap 2018 within the framework of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles

August 2018 – The roadmap for a sustainable supply chain submitted by HUGO BOSS as part of its membership in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles was published in August. In the roadmap, the Company presents its goals for 2018 in the three pillars of social standards and living wages, chemical and environmental management, and the use of natural fibers. The Company has set itself a total of 75 targets. Next year HUGO BOSS will announce the current status of target achievement and updated targets.

HUGO BOSS has been a member of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles since 2015. The multi-stakeholder initiative consists of around 130 members from business, politics, civil society, trade unions and standard organisations. The overarching goal is to achieve social, environmental and economic improvements along the entire textile supply chain by pooling expertise. Based on defined Partnership goals, each member sets binding goals in the three areas mentioned above. In addition, solutions are promoted with concrete Partnership initiatives in the producing countries. As part of the Partnership, HUGO BOSS is committed to improving working conditions in the textile industry in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu especially for women, through improved dialog between stakeholders and targeted training.

HUGO BOSS again confirmed as a FTSE4Good constituent

August 2018 – HUGO BOSS has been confirmed for the third time as a member of the FTSE4Good Index Series. Created by the global index company FTSE Russell, FTSE4Good is an equity index series that is designed to facilitate investments in companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards. Companies in the FTSE4Good Index Series have met stringent environmental, social and governance criteria, and are positioned to capitalize on the benefits of responsible business practice. The index tracks the development of the world's leading companies in the field of sustainable corporate management. Further information can be found at: http://www.ftse.com/products/indices/FTSE4Good

”Tamil Nadu” initiative of the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles starts its activities

July 2018 - India’s textiles industry has a long tradition and still represents the largest export sector of the country. Despite the fact that awareness for social responsibility has risen during the last years, there are still a number of challenges to be coped with.

In order to face these jointly, the initiative ”Tamil Nadu” was founded in the context of the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. Target of the initiative is the improvement of working conditions in the textiles and apparel sector of Southern Indian state Tamil Nadu. Focus is set on the spinning industry. 80% of the workers in this sector are women, whose rights e.g. regarding freedom of association and self-determination are often not yet granted to a sufficient extent in the current political and cultural context.

Together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development as well as other representatives from civil society and the private sector (such as Otto Group or Tchibo), HUGO BOSS engages in the initiative, which is currently scheduled until 2020. The Company also took part in the initial workshop organized with representatives from the textiles industry in India in 2017. The members – including HUGO BOSS – participate with a financial and/or in-kind contribution, expertise and networks in the realization of the project. Besides, selected HUGO BOSS suppliers also support the realization of the initiatives at local level.

After all members of the Partnership involved in the initiative have signed the contract at the beginning of July 2018, the activities were officially taken up. In cooperation with local NGOs, this includes trainings to educate employees and management on employee rights and complaint mechanisms. The establishment of legally binding arbitration and complaints committees is also promoted. The initiative is furthermore committed to establishing a willingness for dialog and cooperation between all relevant groups involved in the textile industry in Tamil Nadu.

Workshop of ideas for a more sustainable future - HUGO BOSS at the FashionSustain Thinkathon

July 2018 – In the run-up to Berlin Fashion Week, the FashionSustain conference, a platform for sustainable innovation in the fashion industry, opened its doors. In this context, HUGO BOSS actively took part in the FashionSustain Thinkathon. The goal of the Thinkathon was to bring together visionary thinkers from all over the world to jointly develop innovative solutions for the implementation of closed material cycles in the premium fashion segment.

As one of the Thinkathon's “Challenge Hosts”, HUGO BOSS contributed its own task: two interdisciplinary teams from the fields of textiles, science, logistics and IT developed initial approaches for a customer-centric model of closed material cycles for the most important product groups (suits, polos, shirts and trousers), taking into account the competitive environment of the Company.

Focus of the challenge was the question of how the customer can be encouraged to become part of the system. During the workshops ideas such as bonus systems for returned garments or so-called "bring back parties" were developed.

HUGO BOSS will now examine to what extent the results of the Thinkathon can be implemented into the circular design strategy of the Company. More information on the circular design strategy can be found here.

BOSS Men Bodywear Signature Line made of Egyptian organic cotton

July 2018 - Since the 2018 summer collection, HUGO BOSS offers the BOSS Men Bodywear Signature Line. The Signature Line is an example of the concrete implementation of our sustainable cotton procurement strategy. For the bodywear products we exclusively use extra long-stapled, high-quality organic cotton from Egypt. This is also known as the "white gold of Egypt" as it is characterized by its high fineness and a particularly pleasant wearing comfort.

The "White Gold of Egypt" comes from the Cottonforlife initiative of Filmar S.p.A.. Beside the organic cotton cultivation, the further processing up to the final yarn is also environmentally-friendly. In addition, the initiative is committed to maintaining high social standards at all stages of production and also promotes equal rights for women in the cotton supply chain through education programs and training. The organic cotton of the Cottonforlife Initiative combines the high HUGO BOSS quality standards with holistically sustainable production and thus fulfils all the criteria of our sustainable cotton procurement strategy.

For the packaging of our Signature Line products, we only use FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper from sustainable forestry.

You can find the products of our Signature Line in our Online Store. For Fall/Winter collection 2018, HUGO BOSS extends the line with socks which are also made of the organic cotton from the Cottonforlife initiative.

HUGO BOSS launches first "responsible capsule collection" with a focus on sustainable cotton

June 2018 - HUGO BOSS launches a BOSS Men’s Casualwear capsule collection out of jersey and denim styles designed with the environment in mind. Recycled and organic yarns, a reduced use of water and eco-friendly treatments all feature in the creation of this new limited collection. The products are available in selected BOSS stores worldwide and in the online store in Europe.

The collection consists of seven styles of the product groups jersey and denim. The four jersey styles were produced using recot² yarn, a blend of organic cotton and recycled cotton spun in Germany. According to the manufacturer, the use of recot² saves up to 5,000 litres of water per KG of recot² textiles compared to conventional cotton. Also the three denim styles support the cultivation of more sustainable cotton and contribute to a resource-saving production with a share of recycled yarns. In addition, all models are treated in an environmentally-friendly way during washing or dyeing.

In addition to these individual products, HUGO BOSS will increase the share of sustainably sourced cotton in its collections. By 2020, half of the cotton used by HUGO BOSS should come from sustainable sources. This share should rise to 80% by 2025. You can find more about our sustainable cotton sourcing strategy under Cotton Commitment.

“HUGO BOSS - Circular Systems and Strategy” course at the New School’s Parsons School of Design in New York

May 2018 - HUGO BOSS has conducted a sixteen-week course on sustainable fashion design and innovation in cooperation with the renowned New School’s Parsons School of Design in New York. It is the second time for the two partners to collaborate after the initiation of a first workshop in 2017.

As a signatory of the 2020 circular fashion system commitment with the aim to accelerate the transition to a circular fashion system, HUGO BOSS dedicated the workshop to this holistic approach. The task for the students was to develop a premium circularity approach for the BOSS Menswear, including the creation of an outfit and a prototype per team together with a marketing and distribution concept. To promote the exchange between different disciplines, the project was open to students of various subject areas within the school, from fashion design to business.

The winning teams have been awarded with stipends connected to the course and their concepts will be displayed in one of the BOSS stores in New York. In addition, all participants will have the opportunity to extend their work experience with HUGO BOSS, enabling them to gain further insights into the strategic and practical implementation of innovation and sustainability at the Company.

The course is a feature of HUGO BOSS’ partnership with Parsons, which began in 2014. Since then the Group has been awarding the HUGO BOSS Fashion Collection Prize, a wide-ranging program of bursaries for junior and senior students enrolled in the school's BFA Fashion Design program. For further information see Society.

HUGO BOSS launches innovative shoe made of pineapple leaf fibers

May 2018 – HUGO BOSS launches a new BOSS Menswear shoe produced with Piñatex®, a natural-based material made of pineapple leaf fibers by Ananas Anam. The project is part of the commitment to innovation across the Company’s offering as well as the continuous search for more sustainable ways to design, source and produce.

Harvested as a by-product of existing agriculture, the pineapple leaves require no extra resources to grow, furthermore providing farming communities with an additional income. The textile is colored using natural plant-based dyes. In combination with a recycled TPU sole, the shoe is 100% vegan and designed to make a minimal impact on our planet.

Available in four colors, the vegan shoes are presented in a fully recyclable and biodegradable paper box, made from 100% recovered fibers and are sold in selected BOSS retail stores worldwide as well as in the HUGO BOSS online store.

HUGO BOSS publishes its Sustainability Report 2017

  • Integration of the legally required non-financial report according to CSR-RUG
  • Presentation of the company's contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Updating of sustainability targets, particularly in the area of product sustainability

April 2018 - HUGO BOSS AG published its fifth Sustainability Report. As in previous years, the report documents in detail the Company's targets, measures and performance in the area of sustainability.

The Sustainability Report contains the non-financial report required by CSR-RUG (CSR Directive Implementation Act) for the first time in 2017. To determine the contents of the report, the Company has comprehensively updated its materiality analysis. In the course of the analysis, 13 topics were identified, which are presented in the non-financial report. These relate in particular to social as well as environmental impacts in the value chain and corporate governance.

In defining its sustainability strategy, HUGO BOSS also follows recognized frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The Company has identified five SDGs to which it makes a particular contribution and explains this in the current report:

  • SDG 4: Quality education
  • SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • SDG 13: Climate action
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

In addition, the Company focused in particular on the sustainability impacts of its products in the reporting year. Based on natural capital valuations of all product categories, the Company is working on the definition of more sustainable sourcing strategies for its most important materials. Targets for cotton have already been defined and more materials will follow. As part of its circular design strategy, HUGO BOSS is also committed to promoting closed material cycles in the textile industry.

You can find the Sustainability Report under:

http://group.hugoboss.com/en/sustainability/sustainability-report/

If you have any questions about the report, please contact corporate_responsibility@hugoboss.com.

HUGO BOSS is accredited member of the Fair Labor Association

February 2018 - HUGO BOSS has been an accredited member of the Fair Labor Association (FLA). Its accreditation is the result of the Group’s engagement for fair working conditions in recent years, and underscores its commitment to this cause in the future.

For HUGO BOSS, accreditation is a key milestone in enforcing fair and safe working conditions throughout the supply chain. Together with other companies and social actors, HUGO BOSS supports binding standards and consistent regulations, and wants to play an active role in their formulation.

"The proverbial power of the many is the key to improving standards in supply chains. Individual bodies frequently find themselves limited when it comes to effecting change. As a recognized, international multi-stakeholder initiative, the FLA offers an excellent platform in this regard, and we are therefore pleased to be accredited", commented Andreas Streubig, Director Global Sustainability at HUGO BOSS AG. Through its membership, the Group will engage in existing initiatives and thereby support the changes driven by the FLA.

RobecoSAM awards HUGO BOSS as Industry Mover and member of the Silver Class

February 2018 - HUGO BOSS was awarded as Industry Mover and Silver Class member in RobecoSAM's Sustainability Yearbook. For the Sustainability Yearbook 2018, RobecoSAM analyzed the sustainability performance of over 3,500 companies from 60 industries. As Industry Mover, a company performs within the top 15 percent of its industry and demonstrates the largest improvement in its sustainability performance. The Silver Class indicates that a company scored among the top 5 percent of the rated companies in its sector.

HUGO BOSS was once again
honored as a leading player in the field of sustainable management within the textile industry: „The companies included in the Yearbook are the world’s most sustainable companies in their industry and are moving the ESG needle in ways that will help us realize the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030” (Aris Prepoudis, CEO, RobescoSAM).

RobecoSAM and the Sustainability Yearbook

RobecoSAM is an investment specialist focused exclusively on sustainability investing and publishes in cooperation with S&P Dow Jones Indices the globally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). HUGO BOSS was included in the renowned DJSI World in 2017.

HUGO BOSS supports local community foundation "Communia"

January 2018 – At the end of 2017, HUGO BOSS supported the "Communia” Bürgerstiftung für bezahbaren Wohnraum in Metzingen (“Communia” community foundation for affordable housing in Metzingen) with an endowment for a current project in Metzingen. HUGO BOSS, as one of the largest employers in Metzingen, sees it as an integral component of its corporate responsibility to contribute to the community.

“Communia” was founded by Metzingen's citizens in 2016 and pursues the goal of establishing affordable housing as a community task in urban society.

Further information about “Communia” can be found at http://www.communia-metzingen.de.

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