Organisations signed memorandum of understanding at IJL.
Delegates from The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) signed a memorandum of understanding at IJL yesterday, marking their commitment to work together to further enhance and improve working practices across all sectors of the jewellery supply chain.
The memorandum of understanding (MOU) will include the use of CSR education programmes developed by CIBJO, in collaboration with the United Nations, and chain of custody certification programmes developed by RJC.
A statement from both organisations said the MOU reflects the willingness of both CIBJO and the RJC "to collaborate on efforts to entrench a solid understanding and commitment from the jewellery industry, to improve its performance in the crucial areas of human rights, social and environmental performance and ethical business practices".
The MOU was signed at the Birmingham Assay Office’s IJL stand, in front of CIBJO and RJC members and key members of the jewellery industry, trade press and trade association chief executives.
The MOU is set to establish of a working group that will oversee the execution of the agreement. The group will be headed by CIBJO president Gaetano Cavalieri and the chairman of the RJC James Courage, both of whom were present to sign to the MOU.
They will appoint two industry representatives from their respective organisations to address the synergies inherent in the cooperation between these two global groups.
Cavalieri said: “Our goal is to address proper business practise in the very broadest sense, and together CIBJO and RJC are able to provide comprehensive solutions. The prime beneficiaries of this agreement need to be the greater jewellery industry, jewellery consumers and all of our stakeholders to the very grass-roots level.”
Courage told Professional Jeweller: "We are in a position to step forwards with what is already two organisations with a lot of members, working more closely together to benefit the industry."
Cavalieiri added that the UK had been chosen as the location for the signing as it is a leader of ethical standards, CSR and best practices in the jewellery supply chain.