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Our products combine premium quality and sophisticated design with ethical standards and the implementation of environmental and health requirements. The top priority is to develop innovative and sustainable product solutions that capitalize on the brands’ full potential. In-depth knowledge, clear guidelines and the dialog with partners enable the Company to integrate sustainability aspects into the product development process from the beginning.

We rely on high-quality materials and processing techniques that guarantee a long product life. Wherever possible from a qualitative point of view, attention is paid to the selection of more sustainable materials. We base our sustainable materials strategies, among other things, on the results of our comprehensive studies on natural capital evaluation. In addition to the selection of high-quality, sustainable materials, the optimized use of materials, the recyclability of individual components and the avoidance of waste play an important role for us in conserving resources. For example, 3D virtualization is increasingly being used in product development in order to save prototypes. In addition, we have set ourselves goals for promoting closed material cycles as part of the "2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment". More information about the commitment and our goals can be found here.

Our understanding of quality also includes the objective of manufacturing all products free of hazardous chemicals for the safety and health of our employees and customers. For more detailed information, see Partners.

HUGO BOSS rejects animal testing as well as methods of animal breeding and husbandry that are not appropriate for the species. For materials of animal origin, such as leather, wool or down, the Company strictly adheres to recognised animal and species protection requirements such as the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. We have been cooperating with animal welfare protection organizations for many years and are in intensive dialog with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) organization, among others, in order to achieve improvements in animal welfare. For our efforts to substitute animal materials with alternative high-quality materials, we received the Vegan Fashion Award from PETA in 2017 for a vegan HUGO Menswear parka.

An overview of the product responsibility at HUGO BOSS can also be found in our product responsibility factsheet.

Leather

Since the Fall/Winter 2016 collections, we have refrained from the use of farmed furs such as raccoon, fox and rex rabbit as well as exotic leathers and only use cow, goat, sheep and buffalo leather as by-products of the food industry.

In 2017 we joined the Leather Working Group (LWG) with the aim of promoting the environmental compatibility of leather manufacturers. Our goal is to purchase 25% of our leather from LWG certified tanneries by 2019 (2017: 23%).

A guideline for the use of sustainable leather is to be published in 2020.

Wool

In the use of wool, we focus on continuously increasing the proportion of mulesing-free wool in our pure woolen knitwear products. We have set ourselves the goal of increasing this share to 90% by 2020 (2017: 88%).

We want to further expand our efforts for a more sustainable procurement of sheep's wool and record this in a binding guideline.

In addition to sheep's wool, we also consider the sustainability effects of other types of wool. For example, HUGO BOSS completely refrains from the use of angora wool, which is usually obtained through painful procedures for the animals.

Down

Since the Fall/Winter 2016 collections, we have only used down from production without live plucking and force-feeding.

In addition, we use high-quality padding in many styles as an alternative to down, with which we also pay attention to sustainability aspects (see recycled materials).

Cotton

In 2017, we published the HUGO BOSS Cotton Commitment for the use of sustainable cotton. It contains all the requirements for sustainable cotton cultivation and our cooperation with international initiatives in this regard.

Our goal is that by 2020 50% and by 2025 80% of our cotton used will meet the sustainability criteria of the guideline.

Recycled materials

Since the Fall/Winter 2016 collections, all paddings of our clothing products and accessories have been made of at least 60% recycled materials (e.g. recycled PET bottles). In addition, we also use recycled fibres in individual marked styles, while at the same time guaranteeing our high quality standards.

We are continuously working on more sustainable solutions for synthetic materials and will elaborate a binding guideline for their implementation.

Innovative materials

Innovation and sustainability go hand in hand at HUGO BOSS. With the introduction of the Product Innovation Lab in mid-2018, we want to create a cross-functional platform that enables interdisciplinary teams to work on ideas for extraordinary materials and processing techniques.

The focus is on cooperation with partners, creative people and start-up companies in order to bring innovations to the market in the shortest possible time and thus to meet the wishes of tomorrow's customers.

Current topics in the area of products

Below you will find current sustainability topics in the field of products. An overview of all current sustainability topics 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 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.



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