RJC announces first certified member

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Gay Freres becomes the first member to be certified under new scheme.

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announced that French jewellery manufacturer Gay Frères is the first member to be certified against the ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards, as established by the RJC’s Member Certification System.

The RJC has been working for five years to set up an independent certification that follows the supply chain all the way from mine through to retail. The assessment was conducted by international audit firm STR, the organisation’s first accredited auditor.

RJC chairman Matt Runci said: “The RJC is delighted to congratulate Gay Frères becoming its first RJC Certified Member…RJC Certified Members have the benefit of recognition against an international certification system, supporting their own reputations and enhancing consumer confidence in the jewellery supply chain more generally. Many RJC Members have commenced the process towards Certification and we look forward to announcing their achievements over the coming months.”

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Founded in 1835, Gay Frères is a well known as the manufacturer and supplier of a number of high profile European jewellery brands. It has been operating for more than 170 years and currently employs 300 people, producing 1000 jewellery pieces on a daily basis.

Gay Frères director Claude Schlappi commented: “We are most proud to be the first RJC Member to achieve this important certification and we encourage others within the industry to follow suit so that they too can evidence responsible business practices. We are committed to improving industry standards and to supporting the RJC’s mission.”

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