Company Ranking16 out of
Hugo Boss AG (Hugo Boss), a German clothing and accessories company, ranks 16th out of 37 companies, disclosing more information on its forced labor policies and practices than its peers on all themes except Recruitment. Compared to 2018, it has improved by providing detail on its human rights risk assessment, strengthening its policies concerning migrant workers’ rights, and disclosing that it works with unions on freedom of association in its supply chains. However, as it has not improved across themes, its rank has decreased by six places. While Hugo Boss discloses that so far it “has not procured any goods originating in the Xinjiang region from direct suppliers”, it does not disclose the steps it has taken to address the risks of alleged Uyghur forced labor across raw materials and supply chain tiers. KnowTheChain identified two additional allegations of indicators of forced labor in the company’s supply chains. In one case, the supplier amended a policy to enable the free movement of women workers; however, Hugo Boss does not disclose remedy outcomes for workers in the second case. It has an opportunity to improve on the themes of Purchasing Practices, Recruitment, and Remedy.
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THEME & indicator score
The benchmark methodology has seven themes, selected to capture the key areas where companies need to take action to eradicate forced labour from their supply chains. The themes are comprised of a total of 12 key indicators. For each indicator, a company can score a total of 100 points.
Commitment and Governance
|Commitment||100 / 100|
|Supplier Code of Conduct||90 / 100|
|Management and Accountability||50 / 100|
|Training||45 / 100|
|Stakeholder Engagement||50 / 100|
Traceability and Risk Assessment
|Traceability and Supply Chain Transparency||50 / 100|
|Risk Assessment||75 / 100|
|Purchasing Practices||50 / 100|
|Supplier Selection||25 / 100|
|Integration into Supplier Contracts||30 / 100|
|Recruitment Approach||0 / 100|
|Recruitment Fees||0 / 100|
|Monitoring and Responsible Recruitment||25 / 100|
|Rights of Workers in Vulnerable Conditions||30 / 100|
|Freedom of Association||50 / 100|
|Worker Engagement||50 / 100|
|Grievance Mechanism||40 / 100|
|Monitoring Process||80 / 100|
|Monitoring Disclosure||50 / 100|
|Corrective Action Plans||100 / 100|
|Remedy Programs||8.33 / 100|