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“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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