A NICE Plan

The five Nordic countries have collaborate on a vision for the fashion- and apparel industry. The vision works within five areas that are critical for our planet, the people who live on it - but also make good economic sense. Doing the right thing is also good for profits. We hope this possible plan of action will inspire, assist and motivate the fashion industry as well as related industries to integrate sustainability and social responsibility in their business processes and practices for the better of society.

NICE engaged the company BSR in June 2009 to develop a strategic plan of action for educating, inspiring and promoting a sustainable and ethical Nordic fashion industry. The purpose of this plan is to provide a common vision and recommended actions for the Nordic fashion industry to drive sustainability in their own operations and in the industry at large. By developing a set of possible actions, we have aimed to raise the bar and use the creative competencies in the industry to create new innovative solutions that achieve substantial change in the industry.

 

Water
The impact of water consumption resulting from business activities, such as selecting water intensive materials and water use in manufacturing. These impacts include stress on community water supplies, the disruption of global ecosystems, and the need for proper wastewater treatment.

Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from business activities, such as energy and chemical use in manufacturing, distribution, business travel, employee commuting, and facilities management.

Waste
The inefficient use of raw materials and creation of company and consumer waste streams.

Chemicals and Dyes
The use of chemicals and potentially hazardous materials which pose health risks if not properly handled or overexposed

Labor and Ethics
The impact of employment policies and procedures on the health, safety, and ethical welfare of employees throughout the supply chain, from cotton farming to retail, and other stakeholders.

 

Within each area we will look for "hot spots" in the life-cycle of garments, and for the best solutions whether you are a big company or a small operationof one. And we will present long-term and short-term goals, along with a follow-up on this internet site to inform you how we are making head-way. Transparency is, after all, the new black.Within each area we will look for "hot spots" in the life-cycle of garments, and for the best solutions whether you are a big company or a small operationof one. And we will present long-term and short-term goals, along with a follow-up on this internet site to inform you how we are making head-way. Transparency is, after all, the new black.