Employees

The basis of human resources management at HUGO BOSS forms an open and value-based corporate culture founded on the values of quality, respect, innovation, passion and cooperation. Especially by a constructive dialog culture and the active involvement of employees, an atmosphere is created where there is team spirit and a willingness to perform. This also includes recognizing and promoting diversity as well as equal opportunities and ensuring the highest social and labour standards for all employees. These and other prerequisites for the day-to-day collaboration within the Group and the interaction with customers and suppliers are defined more closely in the HUGO BOSS Code of Conduct.

Employee engagement

The Company attaches importance to a constructive dialog culture and relies upon a corporate culture that encourages its employees to actively participate. HUGO BOSS aims to inspire its employees, to offer them the best possible support and to reinforce the assumption of responsibility. Thus, various communication and transparency measures are implemented within the Group that encourage exchange between the employees and empower them to take decisions independently. One example is a training program to empower managers and employees with regard to agile working methods and attitudes, self-reflection and a feedback culture. HUGO BOSS runs regular satisfaction surveys, which are an important tool for employee engagement. The results deliver insights into the needs of employees and are an incentive to do even more to fulfill them.

Diversity

The diversity of the employees at HUGO BOSS is a natural component of the international Company’s corporate culture and a living reality. This also means observing a non-discriminatory work environment and equal opportunities for all employees – irrespective of their nationality, gender, religious and political convictions, sexual orientation, age or disability. Already in 2008, the Group underlined the importance it attaches to diversity by becoming a signatory to the Charter of Diversity. Moreover, in the Gender Equality Global Report and Ranking by the organization Equileap, which was published in 2017 for the first time in collaboration with the University of Maastricht, HUGO BOSS finished in the Top 200 global ranking (out of more than 3,000 companies analyzed) and in the Top 10 national ranking.

At 59%, women account for the majority of the workforce (2016: 59%). In management, i.e. the four management levels, 47% of the positions were held by women at the end of December 2017 (2016: 45%).



Work-life balance between family and career

The Group provides a wide variety of offers for its employees, in order to improve the work-life balance between family and career. HUGO BOSS also promotes flexible working-time models. To this end, the Company is committed to the national network Erfolgsfaktor Familie (success factor family) and offers its workforce comprehensive support for families.

Vocational training and employee development

The systematic vocational training and employee development of talents is an important part of human resources work at HUGO BOSS. In collaboration with regional, national and international universities and vocational training institutes, the Group offers a wide range of industrial-technical and commercial vocational training professions and dual courses of study. In order to identify and acquire talent outside of the Company at an early stage, HUGO BOSS implements various measures at its locations and works together with external partners. Examples include the HBTU Ambassador Program at the Ticino (Switzerland) site, whereby employees are committed to expanding cooperations with universities. A systematic personnel training and development program helps the employees to continuously broaden their knowledge and skills. HUGO BOSS has already extended the existing comprehensive offers for individual development through an Employee Development Program to promote life-long learning. Further information can be found at Careers.

Labor and Social Standards

The Company recognizes the influence it has as an employer and considers it a matter of course that the employees’ human rights must be respected and that the labor standards must be adhered to in all areas of its business activities – in administration, own production sites, logistics and own retail. With the HUGO BOSS Social Standards, the Group strives for all employees and its partners around the world to adhere to this, on the basis of the recognized standards of the United Nations and the International Labour Organization (ILO). In matters relating to the prohibition of discrimination and the freedom of association, the HUGO BOSS Social Standards are supplemented by the Group’s Code of Conduct and the internal social compliance guidelines. In addition, a transparent grievance mechanism (see the "ombudsman" section on the Partners page) is ensured. The Company also offers training to employees on respecting human rights and adhering to fair working conditions. As such, the compliance e-learning program, which is available globally, includes a module on human rights and social standards.

A well-structured and traceable compensation policy focuses upon equal opportunities and freedom from discrimination, and enhances the Company’s competitiveness. The aim of HUGO BOSS is to ensure fair and competitive compensation globally. Operational benefits are centered around a fair and transparent compensation system that observes the contractual and collective agreements. It is based upon the role-dependent required qualification and performance, regardless of gender or other diversity factors. This principle is also defined in the HUGO BOSS Code of Conduct. Further information on fair compensation can be found in the Sustainability Report

Occupational health and safety

As a responsible employer, HUGO BOSS takes the health and safety of its employees very seriously. This is expressed through the high standards for occupational health and safety (OHS), which are described in detail in the Company’s Health & Safety Commitment. In order to ensure a high level of occupational safety, the employees’ workplaces and new or changed processes are regularly assessed with regard to risks. Besides, the Company’s employees are trained regularly on protection and safety in the workplace. HUGO BOSS also aims to continuously strengthen the physical and mental health of its employees. Consequently, operational health management is anchored in the organization at many locations. There is a wide range of options, for example, physical and mental fitness, nutrition and workstation ergonomics. Occupational medical care is available in Metzingen (Germany) and at other international locations. Regular Health Days take place at locations in Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland with the aim to make employees more aware of health issues. 

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