In a second round of public consultation on the Code of Practices, the Responsible Jewellery Council is putting forward a number of proposed changes including an expansion of scope to coloured stones and silver, new requirements on undisclosed synthetic diamonds, and on due diligence and ‘know your counterparty’ practices.
The RJC turned to members of the jewellery industry for guidance last year as it prepared to overhaul its Code of Practices (COP) for a second time.
The code, which was first launched in 2009, was edited in 2013 and is now in the process of being revamped before it is released once more this year.
Following the first round of feedback, the RJC are now seeking input from RJC members and all other interested parties on its proposed changes to the COP.
The changes have been informed by the comments through the first consultation period, consultation with COP certified companies and research on key topics, and engagement with the Standards Committee who oversee the review process.
To provide input, simply head to the company’s website to review the ‘Round 2 Public Consultation’ document, and then submit feedback via the email address on the form before Sunday July 1 2018.
The COP is RJC’s ‘main product’ and is the international standard which defines responsible ethical, human rights, social, and environmental practices for companies in the diamond, gold and/or platinum group metals jewellery supply chain. All RJC members must be certified against the COP.