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External engagement, community impact, transparency and public disclosure External engagement and collaboration Community impact Transparency and public disclosure Source Sustainable Apparel Coalition website Making the Connection Between the United Nations Global Compact Code of Conduct 67
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Nike Energy and Carbon Program (suppliers are awarded water conservation points at the supplier or the material level, but not both.) Sustainability Certi fi cations and Programs 3.3 The UNGC Code of Conduct and Manual for the Fashion and Textile Industry On May 3, 2012, the UNGC presented its fi rst sector-speci fi c initiative, a Code of Conduct and Manual for the Fashion and Textile Industry jointly developed with the Nordic Fashion Association, and NICE ( 2012 ). This presentation took place at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit of that year. George Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, said: As an industry facing serious and widely publicized social and environmental challenges, the fashion and textile industry is uniquely positioned to launch a sectorial initiative under the umbrella of the UN Global Compact. We are very excited about this effort and look forward to collaborating with NICE and its partners (Nordic Fashion Association, 2012 ). There was a second launch during the Rio+20 Summit, with the purpose of boosting this new initiative, in the activity titled Changing the World through Fashion: Contribution to Sustainable Development by the Fashion and Textile Industry. In this new activity, Mr. Kell emphasized the importance of changing the fashion and textile sector and said that this new impetus was backed by the Global Compact. Why a Code of Conduct? Kaway ( 2009 ) stated it should be used not only due to the subcontracting chain system used in this industry but also due to the fact that the Textile and Clothing industry is mainly a labor industry, that is, the use of manual workers is high if compared to other machinery manufacturers sectors, and there- fore creating an environment more favorable for abuses to occur in this sense. While this UNGC Code includes the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact, 7 it provides additional speci fi city from a sector perspective, adding six principles within a varied range of topics that pertain to the fashion and textile industry relative to an area called ethical conduct. 8 Table 7 shows the 16 principles of the code, matching them with the compact, sector speci fi city, and relevant areas. 7 For more information about the Global Compact, please visit . Addi- tionally, to implement its principles, refer to: Fussler et al. ( 2004 ). For more academic papers, please refer to: McIntosh et al. ( 2004 ) and McIntosh et al. ( 2004a , b ). The Journal of Corporate Citizenship Issue 11 (2003) special issue on Global Compact and McIntosh M, Waddock S and Kell G (2004) Learing to Talk Corporative Citizenship and the Development of the UN Global Compact ( 2012 ). Greenleaf Publishing, Shef fi eld.
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