RJC stresses importance of international trade associations.
Syndicat Saint Eloi, the French union of watch and jewellery traders, has become the latest jewellery organisation to join the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC).
The membership of Syndicat Saint Eloi takes the RJC’s tally of trade associations to 12. UK organisations registered as RJC members include The National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG) and The British Jewellers’ Association (BJA), as well as UK-serving organisations the Platinum Guild International and the World Gold Council.
Syndicat Saint Eloi president Christine Boquet said: “We are indeed proud to be a member of RJC and look forward to working together with RJC and our members to ensure the responsible and ethical advancement of the industry.”
RJC chief executive Michael Rae said that RJC trade association members play a pivotal role in building awareness of the value of RJC membership. He added that through strong national ties, the RJC trade associations can also assist their members in offering tailored guidance, advice and support in the steps toward RJC Member Certification.
The BJA and NAG in the UK are working together to create an industry-wide working group aimed at helping the British watch and jewellery to establish ethical working practices. Members of the industry can go to the working party with queries or problems which will then help to provide answers and solutions where possible.