The United Nations has joined forces with NICE (the Nordic Initiative Clean and Ethical) to develop the first fashion sector-specific sustainability initiative under the UN’s Global Compact.

The collaboration, it is hoped, will help the fashion industry to move towards a more sustainable future and will be launched on 3 May at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit.

“As an industry facing serious and widely publicised social and environmental challenges, the fashion and textile industry is uniquely positioned to launch a sectoral initiative under the umbrella of the UN Global Compact,” said Georg Kell, executive director of the UN Global Compact.

“Fashion has historically had the capacity to affect the society as a whole, and therefore fashion is a great place to start building a new creative future aligned with the ecosystem we are all a part of,” added Eva Kruse, chairman of the Nordic Fashion Association and CEO of the Danish Fashion Institute.

“We look very much forward to engaging leading experts and leaders of international fashion companies in the work of creating a meaningful and ambitious tool for the global fashion industry.”

NICE is a joint venture by the fashion industry in the Nordic countries, led by the Nordic Fashion Association.