Femnet calls for disclosure of factories making branded products in Hugo Boss’ supply chain, co. responds
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Author: Hugo Boss
[This is an unofficial translation from the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. You can find the original version here.]
HUGO BOSS is increasingly committed to ensuring transparency in its supply chain. At the beginning of this year, we published our production countries and the number of producers on the company’s website. A list of our finished goods suppliers was recently added to this information. We thereby also meet the demands of the Transparency Pledge campaign (amongst others the Clean Clothes Campaign, the Industrial Union Global Union, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)). The current list already covers 93% of our finished goods suppliers. The goal is to complete the remaining 7% over the course of this year. To this end, we have already launched a relevant exchange. Moreover, HUGO BOSS has also set up a roadmap that is expected to lead to complete supply chain transparency by 2019. In order to work together to improve standards worldwide, including in countries such as India, last year HUGO BOSS also decided to join an on-the-ground project led by the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. This will commence in mid-June. In addition, the company has entered into various alliances to continue to work with other companies to improve standards. The dialogue with Dr. Burckhardt and other NGOs, as part of our international stakeholder day, is also an important part of our engagement. Likewise, a constructive exchange with Dr. Burckhardt took place within the framework of the Annual General Meeting.
Hugo Boss’ annual general meeting will take place in Stuttgart on Tuesday, 23 May 2017. To be able to speak there, the chairman of the women's rights organization FEMNET, Gisela Burckhardt, bought shares of the fashion group. Next to KiK, Hugo Boss is one of two German companies that still refuse to impose transparency. They have not followed the call of an international coalition of nine human rights organizations and trade unions to publish information on the factories that manufacture their branded products. A total of 72 companies were asked, including six German ones. "Especially high-priced brands such as Hugo Boss should be leading the way in terms of transparency and ensure that their customers receive information about where, by whom and under what conditions their clothing is produced," says Gisela Burckhardt... After all, Hugo Boss joined the German textile alliance and has said it will support the alliance initiative created to abolish the slavery of young girls in South Indian spinning mills. Nevertheless, it is important that Hugo Boss finally commits to transparency. Companies’ lack of transparency made it difficult for the injured as well as the surviving dependents of the more than 1100 victims of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh to receive adequate compensation. At the time of the disaster, hardly any information was publicly available about the companies that produced their clothes there...
[This is an unoffical translation from the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. You can find the full version of the original article in German here.]