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HUGO BOSS applies highest standards to its products

In developing its products, HUGO BOSS applies the highest possible standards to materials, quality and innovation. In this connection, it makes sure that its products do not cause any health or ecological hazards and are manufactured ethically. The Company works together with suppliers and other stakeholders to find innovative solutions for environmental protection and animal welfare.

HUGO BOSS is committed to increasing the input of recycled materials

Sustained product development has a particularly high value for HUGO BOSS. Thus, for example, the use of 3D virtualization in the design phase permits a substantial reduction in prototypes. Moreover, the Company is able to substantially reduce its environmental footprint through the growing utilization of sustainably produced materials, continuous optimization of the use of materials and the application of advanced production technologies. Last year, HUGO BOSS developed a shoe made solely from sustainably produced and vegan materials. A new production process used pineapple leaves to produce material as an alternative to leather. The shoe will be available in selected stores in 2018. As well as this, HUGO BOSS is committed to increasing the use of recycled materials in the development of its products and packaging, publishing a “circular design strategy” to this end in 2017.

HUGO BOSS the recipient of the PETA Vegan Fashion Award

HUGO BOSS has been committed to animal welfare and biodiversity for many years, rejecting animal experiments as well as inhumane animal husbandry and rearing. Group-wide rules govern the use of all animal materials and, among other things, ban the utilization of natural furs, Angora wool and live-plucked down. The Company has maintained an ongoing dialog with animal welfare and consumer rights organizations for many years. In 2017, PETA Germany named HUGO BOSS as the recipient of its Vegan Fashion Award 2017 in recognition of the innovative approach taken by the Company in the production of a parka which is free of all animal materials.

Quantitative goals for the use of sustainably produced cotton defined for the first time

Since 2016, HUGO BOSS has been following the Natural Capital Protocol. This framework has been developed by the Natural Capital Coalition multi-stakeholder forum and translates environmental impact into monetary figures as a basis for comparison. In this way, it is possible to identify those factors in the supply chain with the greatest impact and thus develop strategies for minimizing the environmental footprint. Cotton farming for the production of raw materials has the greatest environmental impact for HUGO BOSS. For this reason, the Company added quantitative goals to its policy on the use of sustainably produced cotton at the end of 2017.

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