It’s the people
that make the fashion

Our responsibility is not limited to our products, it extends to the people who develop, produce, and sell them. That is why we are committed to respecting and protecting the human rights of our employees and suppliers. HUGO BOSS encourages people around the world to fully realise their own potential – with fair working conditions, better education, more equality in opportunities, and greater social diversity.

HUGO BOSS considers training and development to be an important contribution to ensuring future success. Therefore the company attaches great importance to enabling its employees to keep their knowledge up to date continuously. We are also involved in various initiatives and projects, such as our Women's Café in Bangladesh, to promote education in our supply chain.

A central component of our social commitment is to promote equal opportunities in general and women and diversity in particular. To this end, for example, we offer the "Doors Open for Women" project at our production site in Izmir (Turkey). We also help reduce inequalities through our education projects and employee engagement.

Around 130,000 employees of finished goods suppliers are covered by the extensive HUGO BOSS Supply Chain Sustainability Program. In addition, HUGO BOSS is committed to improving working conditions in the supply chain through initiatives such as the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles.

AIt is our aim to promote equal opportunities in general and women and diversity in particular. We also contribute to reducing inequalities through our education projects and engagement for our employees.

We work to continuously reduce the environmental impact of our products. By 2025, 100% of the cotton sourced by HUGO BOSS will come from sustainable cultivation.

Through our efforts, we support the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations. HUGO BOSS has identified these SDGs in the area of PEOPLE as particularly relevant for its business activities. They are therefore given special consideration in the planning and implementation of measures and projects.

We are committed – to our employees, suppliers and society in general

of goods with the two highest attainable social compliance performance levels
Our goal by 2025: 100%
female managers in top management
Our goal by 2025: ≥40%


We would not be what we are without the around 22,000 colleagues who work with HUGO BOSS globally. That is why we are committed to their wellbeing through our fair and open corporate culture, respect for human rights, compliance with high working standards, and transparent remuneration policy. With training programs for managers, as well as additional training on feedback culture and agile work processes, we encourage our employees to, proactively, introduce ideas and take responsibility.

As a member of the Diversity Charter, our recognition and appreciation of all our employees is a core principle, irrespective of nationality, gender, religious or political beliefs, sexual orientation, age, or any disability. A diverse workforce is also important to us. Additionally past experience has shown that heterogeneous and inclusive teams facilitate better solutions for complex issues and have a positive impact on corporate culture. That’s also why HUGO BOSS encourages employee diversity.

We also take operational health and safety very seriously: this is demonstrated by our internal Health & Safety Commitment. Healthcare events in Metzingen and Ticino, at the company’s sports fields and studios, keep our employees fit. We also consult our employees on topics such as nutrition or ergonomics in the workplace.


Our commitment to our employees

Respect for human rights applies to all our activities, with a particular focus on our international supply chain. Due to the complexity of our global supply chain, we have a worldwide responsibility to ensure fair working conditions and respect for human rights, both, for our suppliers, and for our own employees. We are aware that there could, sometimes, be a lack of legal guidelines along our value chain, and we consider it our responsibility to remedy this.

We have enshrined our standards in various guidelines such as the Code of Conduct and the Supplier Code of Conduct, so that working on our behalf is humane, safe and fair. In these documents, we prohibit child and forced labour, for example, as a prerequisite for collaboration with us, and we stipulate humane working conditions and appropriate wages. The right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is also embedded in the Supplier Code of Conduct. Equally important for our suppliers are our environmental protection requirements.

A multi-step selection process for new suppliers, and regular checks with existing suppliers, contribute to the fulfilment of our social responsibility. We use supplier self-assessments, carry out audits and rely on carefully selected external certifications. If violations of the Supplier Code of Conduct occur, we work with the supplier and develop plans to remedy the situation. If all else fails, we part ways with those suppliers, whose commitment does not match our standards. Should such cases occur, they are recorded on an annual basis in our Sustainability Report.


Our commitment to human rights

As a global employer, it is natural for HUGO BOSS to respect human rights and applicable working standards, both in our company and along the entire value chain. This is why we have defined binding rules and codes.


Areas of our commitment

Strategy – Responsibility with a plan

To protect our planet, we want to run our business responsibly. That is why our sustainability strategy is focused on circular thinking and the reuse of existing resources, among other approaches.

PRODUCT – innovation meets responsibility

Our products are at the heart of what we do – they embody our skills and vision. We, therefore, consider sustainability at every step of the value chain, from the design process and material selection, to production and the longest possible usage. Our commitment is to make our products as sustainable as possible, and to consistently optimise our production processes.

PEOPLE – responsibility for employees and for society, as a whole

Employees and associates, service providers and suppliers, the communities at our production sites and, last but not least, our customers: people all over the world make HUGO BOSS what it is. Therefore, we bear a special responsibility towards them. Find out more about how we meet this commitment.

PLANET – responsibility for the planet

We are well aware that the fashion industry has an impact on our planet. Our commitment is to reduce our ecological footprint in order to make our contribution to the 1.5-degree target of the Paris Climate Agreement. Take a look at the measures we are taking and the projects we are working on to achieve this goal.

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