A new code of conduct specifically for the fashion industry was released earlier this month with the aim of helping the fashion industry to move towards a more sustainable future.

A joint collaboration between the United Nations Global Compact office and NICE (the Nordic Initiative Clean and Ethical), the NICE Code of Conduct and Manual was launched at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit.

It follows the UN Global Compact's ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption, but also includes sector-specific content covering issues like ethical relations (the treatment of animals, design processes, body image ideals, mining or extraction of gemstones and promoting transparency in the supply chain) as well as monitoring and evaluation as keys to securing supplier compliance.

The NICE Code of Conduct and Manual are being released as a consultation draft with a view to obtaining further input and finalising the documents by the end of 2012. Click here to view a copy.