To align with a 1.5°C pathway, Hugo Boss has recently revised its climate targets and set greater ambitions by reducing 50% GHG emissions from its Scope 1, 2, and 3 by 2030. As a signatory of the UN Fashion Charter, Hugo Boss has committed to phasing out coal from the supply chain by 2030. The company has also come close to eliminating fossil fuels from their raw materials and committed to using cotton sourced from regenerative agriculture. But due to the lack of a short-term clean cargo plan and commitment to zero emission vessels, transportation emissions from Hugo Boss disclosures show an 50.5% increase from 2019 to 2021. To decarbonise its manufacturing and reach its climate goals, Hugo Boss should actively engage with its suppliers, as well as provide financial support and incentives for them to transition to renewable energy. Progress on these measures should be publicly disclosed.
Key Findings for Hugo Boss
Hugo Boss has set an emissions reduction target for Scope 1, 2, and 3 of 50% by 2030 from a 2018 base year, which is relatively ambitious, although it still falls slightly short of the 55% reduction required.
Hugo Boss has set a renewable energy target in its own operations of 100% by 2030, but it is not clear whether the energy will be additional to the grid.
Hugo Boss has yet to set a target of 100% renewable energy for its supply chain by 2030, which is an essential step for decarbonising its manufacturing.
Coal phase out:
Hugo Boss has set a target to phase out coal-fired boilers from its supply chain by 2030 as part of its commitments as a signatory of the UN Fashion Charter.
Hugo Boss publicly reports GHG emissions in its own operations, and in its supply chain. The company does provide a full breakdown of its Scope 3 emissions.
Hugo Boss does publicly report its energy use for its own operations, including a breakdown of its renewable energy use and how that energy is sourced.
For its supply chain, Hugo Boss does not publicly report its energy use, a breakdown of its suppliers’ renewable energy use or how that energy is sourced.
Hugo Boss provides a partial supplier list to Tier 1 or 2.
Hugo Boss provides its suppliers with training and resources to help them make energy efficiency improvements, including developing a Resource Efficiency Module which helps suppliers to reduce their emissions. Hugo Boss does not report providing its major suppliers with financial incentives for energy efficiency measures, and requests but does not require them to make energy savings as a condition of contract.
Hugo Boss does not require suppliers to reduce thermal coal demand in their manufacturing processes.
Hugo Boss does not report providing its suppliers with training and resources to help them transition to renewable energy. The company does not report providing financial support or incentives to make the energy transition, and does not require suppliers to use renewable energy as a condition of contract.
Hugo Boss does not require its suppliers to set GHG emissions reduction targets or set science-based emissions reduction targets, but it does require major suppliers to provide facility level data and annually report GHG emissions.
Hugo Boss has not made any commitments to phase out fossil fuel based materials, although it states that it will avoid synthetic fibres wherever possible.
Hugo Boss has not made a public policy to ban the sourcing of leather from the Amazon Biome or taken measurable steps to ensure that Amazon leather is not contributing to deforestation, and the company does not have processes in place to avoid leather sourced from deforested regions. But Hugo Boss has a general policy against contributing to deforestation through other materials including cellulose-based fabrics, including working with CanopyStyle.
Hugo Boss set a meaningful target of 50% of its synthetic fibres to be from recycled fibres by 2025, helping to close the loop on textile recycling of synthetics. Hugo Boss has not committed to 100% organic cotton or cotton sourced from regenerative agriculture by 2030.
Hugo Boss appears to be working to promote circularity in its products, including a commitment to make 8 out of 10 of its products “circular” by 2030 through increased durability and recyclability, although details of the project are lacking. It also has a Circular Design Strategy that encourages designers to create products that can be recycled. The company does not appear to promote repair or resale options.
Hugo Boss does publicly report its material mix and the volume of materials. But it does not report its volume of deadstock or how it manages or disposes of its deadstock to reduce waste.
Hugo Boss does report its shipping emissions annually and does include shipping emissions in its GHG reduction targets. But it does not provide a breakdown of its transportation methods.
Hugo has a policy to avoid aviation and commit to slower shipping methods such as maritime, rail and land. The company does report working to reduce shipping emissions with a plan to shorten supply chains through nearshoring, and a specific target to reduce shipping emissions by 30%. However, the company’s upstream transportation emissions show a 50.5% increase between 2019 and 2021.
Hugo Boss has not committed to transitioning to zero emissions vessels (ZEV) by 2030. The company has not used its voice publicly to advocate for Zero Emission Shipping.
Hugo Boss has yet to commit to transitioning its last mile delivery to zero emission vehicles.
Hugo Boss signed on to a letter with 68 other companies to the German government advocating for a comprehensive climate neutrality implementation plan, but did not engage in any discernible renewable energy advocacy within supply chain regions.
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- “An Implementation Programme for Climate Neutrality. Now.,” October 2021. https://klimawirtschaft.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/20211011_S2G_Unternehmensappell_ENG.pdf.
- “Hugo Boss CDP,” 2020.
- “Hugo Boss CDP,” 2021.
- “Hugo Boss CDP,” 2022.
- “Hugo Boss Sustainability Report 2021,” May 2022. https://group.hugoboss.com/fileadmin/media/pdf/sustainability/sustainability_reports_EN/HUGO_BOSS_Sustainability_Report_2021.pdf.