Environment

The protection of the environment is one of the most important elements of the sustainability strategy of HUGO BOSS. The Company strives to minimize the impacts of climate change, preserve natural resources, reduce environmental impact and contribute towards the conservation of biodiversity. The environmental protection principles of all relevant business functions are described in detail in the Environmental Commitment issued in 2015. 

HUGO BOSS sees great opportunity in reconciling economic and environmental interests. For this reason, the Group designs smart buildings with high energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly technologies, develops sustainable store concepts, utilizes sustainable technologies and optimizes transport routes. Therefore, the environmental impact of business activities is continuously reduced. In doing so, HUGO BOSS relies on a strong environmental management based on internationally recognized standards, such as the environmental and energy management systems ISO 14001 and ISO 50001. A particular focus is set on the areas of energy and emissions, water and waste and logistics. 

The responsibility for the implementation of Group-wide environmental protection lies with the Managing Board of HUGO BOSS AG. Compliance with environmental legislation and the integration of environmental aspects in business decisions are firmly anchored in the Group.

Energy and Emissions

HUGO BOSS uses a sophisticated energy management system for a high energy efficiency level at its buildings. In doing so, the Company utilizes the internationally recognized standard ISO 50001. The energy management system that was introduced at some non-retail locations in accordance with ISO 50001 was additionally rolled out to the Group’s own retail stores across all of Europe in 2017 and was successfully certified.

HUGO BOSS regularly reviews the potential to increase the energy efficiency of its buildings. When renovating, planning and constructing new buildings, the Company always considers possibilities to reduce energy consumption and related emissions by means of its own energy supply systems and energy-efficient technologies from the outset. Essentially, HUGO BOSS seeks to obtain sustainability certifications for all newly built properties. Most recently, the new HUGO BOSS flat-packed goods distribution center in Filderstadt (Germany) and an administration building at the Company headquarters in Metzingen (Germany) received platinum certification from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). Further information on our measures in this area can be found in the Sustainability Report.

Water and waste

HUGO BOSS is initiating measures throughout the Group for the reduction of water consumption and the generation of waste via recycling and optimization of the usage of resources. The Group has set itself a global goal for water reduction and applies a Group-owned environmental management tool based on ISO 14001 and ISO 50001.

HUGO BOSS continuously considers different actions for reducing the use of water, particularly where the Company sees the most significant potential at its own production sites. For example, two groundwater tanks were installed at the location in Izmir (Turkey). The water collected in 2017 was mainly used for irrigation of local green areas. 

HUGO BOSS is continuously working on minimizing waste generation at all locations and in its own retail operations. Overall, the Group's recycling rate, including retail, was 65% in 2017.

For sales packaging (e.g. shopping bags and gift boxes) HUGO BOSS uses almost exclusively FSC®-certified paper. With regard to FSC®-certified shopping bags and gift boxes, the Company has ceased using plastic lamination since 2017 so that they can be recycled after use. Where possible, post-consumer recycled material is used for the shopping bags. At HUGO BOSS distribution centers, great importance is given to the recycling and the re-use of cardboard packaging. Only FSC®-certified cartons are used for the procurement of new cartons for goods shipped from Germany. In future, the hangers used at the Group's own retail stores shall mainly consist of so called Fasal® BIO, an innovative material coming from by-products of wood processing, which can also be recycled itself.

Logistics

HUGO BOSS is continually reviewing CO2 emissions in logistics and transport processes and the Company adjusts its transport routes appropriately, in order to help minimize CO2 emissions, as well as preserve natural resources. In doing so, all flows of goods are considered starting from the producer, all the way to the logistics centers. 

One step towards reducing CO2 emissions is the increased use of environmentally-friendly modes of transport. The use of rail transport from Asia to Germany and short sea freight via southern European ports (Italy or Slovenia) not only optimises the transport time of goods but also reduces their environmental impact: this saves up to 95% of emissions compared to combined air and sea freight.

A concept for more sustainable stores

When developing the new store concept for the own retail stores, key sustainability criteria were also considered. They shall be taken into account when building or renovating the stores. Some of the already defined measures from the new concept have been implemented at the first pilot stores in Europe. During the first stage, particular focus was given to the modular construction of the furniture elements, the use of a defined share of FSC®-certified wood and recycled materials. The ventilation and air conditioning concept includes heat recovery systems as well as more energy-efficient components with modern control units.

The new store concept will be rolled-out to all own retail stores by 2025.

In implementing the sustainability-focused new store concept, HUGO BOSS distinguishes between:

  • Openings: New stores are already being built in accordance with the concept guidelines.
  • Renovations: Existing stores will be modified and renovated in accordance with the new concept generation based on an individually defined renovation cycle.

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