RJC to discuss responsible sourcing at BaselWorld

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Industry leaders to discuss topic at RJC seminar on March 27.

Responsible sourcing will be the main theme discussed at a BaselWorld seminar hosted by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) on March 27.

The session entitled ‘Responsible sourcing: How the new RJC Code of Practices (COP) and key industry initiatives support a responsible supply chain’, will gather manufacturers, retailers, RJC members and prospective members and key stakeholders.

The panel of leading industry speakers will discuss the challenges and responses around responsible sourcing from mine to retail, conflict minerals initiatives and synthetic diamonds.

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Participants will also get the opportunity to hear from RJC director standards development, Dr Fiona Solomon, summarise the new RJC COP 2013, with a focus on provenance claims and human rights.

The importance of standards and initiatives to create operational efficiency will be discussed from a producer and retailer’s perspective with Feriel Zerouki of the De Beers Group and consultant to Signet Jewellers, Philip Olden, respectively.

Additionally, Stephen Morisseau of the Gemological Institute of America, will discuss synthetic diamonds from a laboratory perspective.

RJC’s interim chief executive officer, Catherine Sproule, said: “Conflict minerals legislation, synthetic diamonds and a keen focus on corporate social responsibility (CSR) is collectively driving increased due diligence in the jewellery supply chain.”

“Our Members are committed to RJC’s vision of responsible global jewellery and watch supply chain,” she added.

The RJC conference will take place on March 27 at the BaselWorld Congress Center, room Singapore, from 3pm to 4.30pm.

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