The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) have renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen their collaboration in promoting and facilitating responsible jewellery supply chains.
RJC and ARM share objectives to promote responsible precious metals supply chains, and will continue working together to ensure their standards and assurance models are mutually supportive.
Through their collaboration the two companies aim to:
- Improve social, environmental and labour practices, good governance and the implementation of ecosystem restoration practices in artisanal and small-scale mining
- Enhance relationships between large-scale mining and artisanal and small-scale mining
- Increase market access for precious metals from responsible artisanal and small-scale mining.
- ARM and RJC see exciting opportunities for a wider inclusion of the ASM sector in responsible global supply chains, and will jointly work with multiple stakeholders to make it happen.
RJC executive director, Andrew Bone, comments: ”RJC is delighted to announce a renewed formal relationship between two organisations that share a common objective. With this renewed MOU we look forward to strengthening our relationship with ARM and working together on our collective efforts towards responsible business practices within the jewellery supply chain. It’s an honour for the RJC to partner with a leading organisation such as ARM on standards harmonisation, collaboration and raising awareness about the ASM sector.”
RJC and ARM also respond to the industry’s demand for harmonisation by aligning aspects of their assurance systems. The two companies will allow for joint Fairmined and RJC Chain-of-Custody audits for those companies who participate in both certification schemes to reduce audit burden. Such measures help to reduce barriers towards more responsible supply chains and facilitate engagement with artisanal and small-scale mining.
“We welcome this new phase in the collaboration between RJC and ARM,” says Alliance of Responsible Mining deput director, Marcin Piersiak. “Participation in the Fairmined system has now become easier and more cost-effective for RJC members, yet another step to streamline Fairmined sourcing and encourage new clients to buy “Gold to be Proud of”. ARM recognises RJC´s leadership in certification of the downstream supply chain, and work will continue to align our standards and audit procedures.”