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19 May 2017


Femnet calls for greater transparency ahead of Hugo Boss' Annual General Meeting on 23 May

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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.]