Rainer and Layton elected to RJC board

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Elections made at Council’s London AGM and CSR conference last week.

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announced the election of 10 new directors during its AGM in London last week.

The Council has named Charles Chaussepied of Piaget as RJC vice chairman and the Mark Jenkins of Signet Jewelers Ltd as its re-elected honorary secretary.

Several new members were elected to the board of directors, including the British Jewellers’ Association chief executive Simon Rainer, Bev Hori of the Gemological Institute of America, Stella Layton of The Birmingham Assay Office and Daniela Colaiacovo of Eurocantera.

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The RJC also reported "passion and positivity" at its inaugural corporate social responsibility (CSR) conference, held after its AGM at Arundel House. It welcomed representatives from more than 100 companies across the jewellery and watch supply chains, as well as stakeholders.

The CSR conference was divided into three sessions, covering future imperatives of the industry, human rights in the supply chain and creating value across the supply chain through jewellers becoming involved with sustainability issues.

Guest speakers on the day included Anoop Mehta of the Bharat Diamond Bourse, Professor Marylyn Carrigan of the Coventry University Business School, Philip Hunter of Verité, Claus Teilmann Petersen of Pandora, Feriel Zerouki of De Beers Group, David Bouffard of Signet and Jennifer Horning from Solidaridad.

Catherine Sproule, the RJC’s interim chief executive officer, said: "[The] panel presentations were a great success for RJC and its members. It was a pleasure to hear industry experts passionately deliver thoughts and ideas on topical supply chain issues while shoring up the value of RJC Certification. RJC will continue this dialogue and engagement with the industry at the JCK Las Vegas show at its session on May 30."

The conference concluded with RJC chairman James Courage announcing that the 2015 AGM will be held at the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) in Mumbai.

Courage added: "Looking toward RJC’s future, the strategic engagement with the Indian market undertaken by RJC through 2014 has allowed us the very special and unique opportunity to host RJC’s first-ever AGM outside of the European market."

The presentations and delegate list from the CSR conference are available from the RJC’s website.

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