Condé Nast International has announced a new Code of Conduct “to safeguard the dignity and well-being of all who work with its brands”, which will be actioned with immediate effect.
The publishers noted in a statement published on Vogue.com that the Code of Conduct updates an existing 2012 Model Health Initiative. Condé Nast U.S. and Condé Nast International started working on the Code in October in light of sexual harassment allegations directed at Harvey Weinstein.
The Code of Conduct asserts that models on set must be 18 and, where children play an “essential” role in a story, they be accompanied by a chaperone provided by their agency. Furthermore, the Code stipulates that a private dressing room be provided for subjects on set, and that “any shoot requiring nudity, sheer clothing, lingerie, swimwear, animals, simulated drug or alcohol use or sexually suggestive poses must be signed off in advance by the subject. No shoot participant may be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.” Tellingly, the Code also includes the clause that “subjects should not be left alone with a photographer, makeup artist or any other participant any time during a shoot.”
“We are committed to collaborating to find solutions to the problem of sexual harassment in our industry,” the chairman and chief executive of Condé Nast International Jonathan Newhouse commented in a statement to Vogue.com. “By adopting these recommendations all those involved in the creative process will be doing their part to ensure a safe and respectful work environment.”
Condé Nast International has pledged to “terminate its working relationship” with individuals whose actions violate the code.