Organisation toasted its 10th birthday by holding AGM outside of EU.
The Responsible Jewellery Council held its Annual General Meeting in Mumbai this week, giving attendees the opportunity to visit key diamond and jewellery manufacturing centres in Surat and the SEEPZ Special Economic Zones.
This was the first RJC AGM and Conference held outside Europe and marks a milestone in the organisation’s continuing efforts to bring the message of responsible business practices to India – a global leader in diamond and jewellery manufacturing and sales.
The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council and Bharat Diamond Bourse joined the RJC as co-hosts to present India’s diamond and jewellery industry to a global audience during this year’s event. In doing so, the GJEPC recognised the importance of the RJC in the development and certification of responsible supply chains in India, especially for major export markets.
Over a three day series of events including the AGM, conference sessions, factory visits and a gala dinner, leading members of the Indian and International industry exchanged views and learning. Senior industry, U.S. government representatives, and civil society experts also participated. In recognition of the role of civil society, the RJC Executive Committee appointed its first member from civil society as Estelle Levin of Estelle Levin Ltd. was formally appointed Co-Chair of the RJC Standards Committee.
Vipul Shah, Chairman, GJEPC said: “The GJEPC was pleased to co-host this important event along with the BDB. We recognise that RJC provides one of the most effective ways for our members to show they take responsible business practices seriously in order to build confidence with international markets for our products.
“We look forward to working more closely with the RJC to accelerate the progress achieved over the last two years which will further help promoting RJC membership to our members. This is an integral part of securing the long-term future for an incredibly successful industry.”
The events highlighted how the Indian manufacturing sector has significantly benefited from an industry-led global compliance standard like the RJC to meet export market expectations as well as to retain skilled workers as a way of improving quality and productivity.
BDB president, Anoop Mehta, said: “We invited the RJC to hold this event in India so we could unleash the power of collaboration to create exciting long term opportunities for the Indian diamond and jewellery industry. I am pleased to say that our expectations have been exceeded and this event has built trust and commitment to stronger partnership with the RJC.”
RJC has made considerable progress in India and is committed to working with Indian industry and institutions to fully integrate with this key market. As a key part of this increasing commitment to India, earlier this month RJC announced the appointment of Kinjal Shah as country head, India.
RJC chairman, James Courage, said: “India remains a strategic priority for the RJC. We thank our co-hosts, GJEPC and BDB, and all the other international and Indian participants that made this event such a success. RJC is delighted that this event has strengthened our relationship with the GJEPC and BDB to work together for the future success of the Indian diamond and jewellery industry.”