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UN Global Compact-NICE Fashion Code Launch on May 3rd

The fashion industry has the potential to be an innovator, working proactively to address critical environmental, social, and ethical challenges on a global scale. To accomplish this, the UN and Nordic Initiative Clean and Ethical (NICE) have agreed on the development of the first sector-specific initiative under the Global Compact.

 

The strong coalition between the fashion industry (represented by the network organization Danish Fashion Institute with its Nordic partners) and the UN will enable one of the world’s largest industries to move towards a more sustainable future.

The new UN Global Compact & NICE Fashion Code will be launched on 3 May 2012 in Copenhagen at the world’s largest summit on sustainability in fashion, the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary ofDenmark.

The Code of Conduct is endorsed by the UN Global Compact and based on the existing NICE Code of Conduct launched in 2009; the new version 2.0 will be more fashion specific and has a lot bigger geographical scope due to the UN partnership.

 

The existing code will be revised in close collaboration with UN Global Compact inNew Yorkand a reference group consisting of representatives from the fashion and apparel industry, which is currently being assembled.

Fashion companies who sign up for the code automatically sign up for the UN Global Compact (and vice versa) and will have to live up to the commitment to issue an annual Communication on Progress (COP), a public disclosure to stakeholders on progress made in implementing the code principles.

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