External Collaboration

HUGO BOSS sees identifying different requirements of and creating a trustful dialog with its stakeholders, in order to create appropriate solutions and thus meet external expectations as an important business necessity. By collaborating in external initiatives, HUGO BOSS sees the opportunity to find innovative solutions for reconciling business success with the necessary consideration of the environment and creating added value for society. 

HUGO BOSS collaborates with the following organizations focused on sustainability:

Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (ACCORD)

HUGO BOSS is a member of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (ACCORD), which is an independent, legally binding agreement between brands and trade unions designed to ensure a safe and healthy Bangladeshi Ready-Made Garment Industry by improving standards, supporting workers’ rights and increasing transparency. 

For more information, please see http://bangladeshaccord.org/

Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) Group 

AFIRM provides a forum to advance the global management of restricted substances in the apparel and footwear industry and focuses on defining an industry-wide Restricted Substances List (RSL) by emphasizing the sharing of best practices, defining common approaches and tracking regulatory compliance. HUGO BOSS collaborates in several working groups, in order to actively contribute towards the further development of chemicals management within the industry and minimize its environmental impact.

For more information, please see http://afirm-group.com/

Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) 

HUGO BOSS is a member of BCI, a non-profit organization that promotes better standards in cotton farming and practices worldwide, in order to define a more sustainable cotton production. Concretely, BCI strives to increase the sourcing of sustainable cotton, as well as to help farmers during the sourcing process and improve their livelihoods.

For more information, please see https://bettercotton.org

The Consumer Goods Forum (formerly GSCP)

HUGO BOSS collaborates with the non-profit association Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP) of the Consumer Goods Forum. The GSCP brings together experts from various sectors, including retail companies, brand manufacturers, international organizations, academia and government, to develop areas of social and environmental sustainability along the supply chain. HUGO BOSS supports in further developing the GSCP open source environmental module used to document and improve environmental conditions in the supply chain, which assists the Company to review standard minimum environmental protection requirements amongst suppliers worldwide.

For more information, please see http://www.theconsumergoodsforum.com


The CottonLeads program is committed to sustainable cotton production and is founded on core principles that are consistent with sustainability, the use of best practices and traceability in the supply chain. The program was initiated by the Australian and the United States cotton industries, and offers manufacturers, brands and retailers a reliable and responsible cotton supply chain solution. HUGO BOSS utilizes the program as an essential component of its’ cotton strategy and the natural capital evaluation.

For more information, please see http://www.cottonleads.org/

Fair Labor Association (FLA) 

The FLA is a multi-stakeholder initiative, which combines the efforts of business, civil society organizations and academia to promote and protect workers’ rights and to improve working conditions globally through adherence to international standards. The FLA supports HUGO BOSS in delivering training to factory workers and management and conducting due diligence through independent assessments at production sites. As part of its membership, HUGO BOSS is active in the “Fair Compensation” program, the goal of which is to develop possible approaches for improving compensation and thus, create new, industry-wide standards.

For more information, please see http://www.fairlabor.org/

German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB)

The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen e.V.) aims to promote sustainable and economically efficient buildings. HUGO BOSS relies on this partnership for the implementation of its most ambitious sustainable building projects. HUGO BOSS strives to obtain accredited sustainability certifications for all new buildings in its portfolio of operational facilities. Most recently, HUGO BOSS received a Platinum Certificate for its new flat-packed goods distribution center in Filderstadt and for an administration building at the headquarters in Metzingen from the DGNB.

For more information, please see http://www.dgnb.de

Leather Working Group (LWG)

HUGO BOSS is a member of the Leather Working Group, a multi-stakeholder organization, which includes leather manufacturers, brands, retailers, etc. The objective is to promote sustainable environmental business practices within the leather industry, by accurately assessing the compliance and environmental stewardship practices of tanners, thereby increasing transparency and ensuring continuous improvement. 

For more information, please see http://www.leatherworkinggroup.com/

Natural Capital Coalition (NCC)

The Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) is a global, multi-stakeholder open source platform, which enables collaboration, in order to develop a standardized approach to valuing natural capital. Since 2015, HUGO BOSS works with the NCC to elaborate on the conversion of environmental impacts into monetary values, simplifying the prioritization of relevant issues and most effective environmental protection measures by allowing the direct comparison of different environmental factors at the product level. This enables HUGO BOSS to measure and assess its own impact on the ecosystem.

For more information, please see http://naturalcapitalcoalition.org/

Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (Initiative of the German Federal Government)

In 2015, HUGO BOSS joined the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (“Textiles Partnership”) launched by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, an initiative working towards a more sustainable supply chain for the textile industry. HUGO BOSS is active in addressing joint challenges in cooperative projects, utilizing synergies and improving underlying conditions in the producer countries with the aid of policymakers. Moreover, in joining the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, HUGO BOSS set itself the goal of creating transparency on the use of dangerous chemical substances along the supply chain and to continually reducing their use.

For more information, please see https://www.textilbuendnis.com/en/

Yarn Ethically & Sustainably Sourced (YESS)

HUGO BOSS supports and collaborates with Yarn Ethically & Sustainably Sourced (YESS), an initiative promoted by the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN). It utilizes the OEDC risk-based due diligence approach, in order to eradicate slavery and forced labor from cotton production and thus, encourages the use of ethical and sustainable cotton.

For more information, please see http://www.sourcingnetwork.org/yess/ 

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)

As a member of the initiative Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) the Company aims to further its environmental responsibility through the use of more sustainable chemicals along the global value chain and subsequently, reduce the environmental impact due to production processes. ZDHC is a non-profit organization, which takes a holistic approach to developing future standards in the fields of chemicals and environmental management for the industry worldwide. The goal is to create an exemplary approach to chemicals in the global textile and footwear value chain, in order to protect workers, consumers and the environment even better. 

For more information, please see http://www.roadmaptozero.com/

For further questions please contact corporate_responsibility@hugoboss.com.

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