Natural Capital Evaluation

HUGO BOSS is aware of the necessity of responsible use of natural resources in order to guarantee long-term, sustainable management. In cross-company initiatives such as the "2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment" of the Global Fashion Agenda, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and the "Platform for Fashion and Climate Action" of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as well as other associations, active work is being done to reduce environmental impacts.

In order to develop sustainable, innovative solutions, it is essential to gain in-depth knowledge of the specific environmental impacts over the entire life cycle of the products manufactured. For this reason, HUGO BOSS began to calculate the environmental impacts of the various product categories in the course of life cycle analyses in 2009. These have already been implemented for all HUGO BOSS product categories. Although the life cycle analysis is the most common method for recording environmental influences, its application remains a challenge for HUGO BOSS and its competitors. This is due to the difficulty of reliably collecting data along the complex value chain.

To counter this complexity, HUGO BOSS founded together with Quantis, a consulting firm for life cycle assessments, and other partners the World Apparel & Footwear Life Cycle Assessment Database (WALDB). More than 300 sets of data on the environmental impact of clothing products and footwear have already been collected. These data sets are based on primary partner data and scientific studies and are continuously expanded. The large database makes it possible to create reliable and high-quality life cycle analyses. In addition, the identified environmental influences (e.g. water or land use and CO2 emissions) of the various production processes can be derived and displayed. However, a direct comparison of the extent of these environmental influences and a associated ranking of environmental influences is only possible to a limited extent. This is due to the different units of the various environmental influences - such as kg (CO2 emissions) or m2 (land use).

In order to make it possible to compare environmental impacts, HUGO BOSS has been using the so-called "Natural Capital Protocol" since 2016 - a framework developed by the multi-stakeholder forum Natural Capital Coalition. The application enables HUGO BOSS to translate the environmental impacts, which are assessed on the basis of life cycle assessments, into monetary values and thus to make them comparable (please find more on this in the first white paper in the download area). In this way, the most relevant environmental influences and their origins - both for the HUGO BOSS value chain as a whole (see graphic below) and for individual products (see details in the whitepapers) - can be identified and based on this, appropriate strategies can be developed.

Cotton has the highest environmental impact along the entire HUGO BOSS value chain. Especially in the first step, the raw material extraction process, it is responsible for most of the environmental impacts and is accordingly considered a so-called hotspot. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that cotton is the most frequently used material in HUGO BOSS products with a share of around 50%. In addition, cotton is a raw material that has relatively high environmental impacts due to the water and chemical consumption required for cultivation.

The HUGO BOSS Cotton Commitment shows in detail the challenge of cultivating sustainable, high-quality cotton. In order to continuously increase the proportion of sustainable cotton in its products, HUGO BOSS joined the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in 2017. Quantitative targets for the use of sustainable cotton at HUGO BOSS up to 2020 can be found here.

Overall, the wet processes have the highest environmental impact of the value chain due to the high use of energy, water and chemicals in bleaching, dyeing, washing and tanning of leather. These relate in particular to climate change (43% of the impacts of the entire value chain) and human health (39% of the impacts of the entire value chain). In order to further reduce these effects of the chemical processes, HUGO BOSS has joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and the Leather Working Group (LWG) initiatives. Both initiatives offer essential training for the optimized handling of chemicals and, in particular, new innovative methods.

To reduce the effects in the dry processes, which include spinning, knitting, weaving and assembly, HUGO BOSS applies the GSCP Environmental Performance Program (see HUGO BOSS Environmental Program). It contains specific guidelines for environmental management systems, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies to counteract climate change.

HUGO BOSS is also making efforts to reduce its environmental impact in the further stages of the value chain that are not directly related to the product (logistics, administration and its own retail business). Further information can be found in the Environment section.

The research works on the topic of natural capital evaluation were published in three so-called white papers, which contain a detailed presentation of the method (in the first white paper) and the results for all our product groups (in the first, second and third white paper). In addition, the third white paper takes an even deeper look at the impacts of the HUGO BOSS value chain on climate change. Based on this, important design and procurement principles for a low-carbon fashion product were summarized (see downloads).

In cooperation with the informal, cross-sector Impact Valuation Roundtable (IVR) and other partners, HUGO BOSS has begun to extend this approach to social and economic factors. The aim is to achieve a holistic assessment of the various influences (impact valuation). In this way, we want to further optimize our approach to impact evaluation in relation to all three dimensions of sustainability - ecology, social issues and economics.

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