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Commodities: Diamonds & Gold

Without doubt, the most advanced and complete of all the stewardship programs initiated in the last 6 years is the stewardship of diamonds and gold under the auspices of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC).
From a fledgling group of 14 committed players from mining through to retail, a fully integrated stewardship system has been developed and the Council now has over 250 members worldwide.

RJC Members are committed to promoting responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices in a transparent and accountable manner throughout the industry from mine to retail. Their commitment aims to reinforce consumer and stakeholder confidence in jewellery products.

The Council has developed the RJC System, a certification system – which applies to all Members’ businesses that contribute to the diamond and gold jewellery supply chain. Under the RJC system, all Commercial Members of the RJC are required to be audited by accredited, third party auditors to verify their conformance with the RJC’s Code of Practices, and become certified under the RJC System. The Council began operating its system in December 2009

See www.responsiblejewellery.com for further details.

Mick Roche has played a pivotal role in the development of the RJC system in his capacity as co-chair of the RJC Standards Committee and the RJC Stakeholder Consultative Panel as well as being a member of the RJC Executive Committee and RJC People Committee.

Mick has also conducted a number of RJC workshops to RJC members (and potential members) in Antwerp, Mumbai and Surat. He has also conducted in-depth coaching to RJC members to enable better understanding of the RJC system.

In September of 2014 Mick Roche was appointed as an accredited Topic Expert. The Responsible Jewellery Council [RJC] developed a Topic Expert accreditation program to support Members and Auditors in implementing the RJC’s Certification programs.

Topic Experts may be generalists or specialists, and can act as a resource for assisting with the development of appropriate business systems, carrying out self-assessments, or filling specialist roles in audit teams. For further information see www.responsiblejewellery.com/topic-experts/

boxed set 2009.zip

RJC Newsletter October10.pdf

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