"Influential" retailer also wins RJC member re-certification.
Signet Jewelers Ltd, the owner of UK retailers H Samuel, Leslie Davis and Ernest Jones, has been re-certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), meeting the ethical, social and environmental standards established by the RJC’s Member Certification System.
Signet, the largest speciality jewellery retailer operating in the UK and US, was a founding member of the RJC. It is now set to work with the RJC to encourage its jewellery and watch suppliers to become certified RJC members.
The RJC’s interim chief executive officer Catherine Sproule said: "RJC congratulates Signet Jewelers Ltd on their re-certification. Signet Jewelers Ltd has been an integral part of the RJC’s success to-date. Their supportive voice and influence across all parts of the supply chain through their own ‘lead by example’ approach have grown interest in RJC in both developed and emerging markets.
"RJC is well aware that Signet Jewelers Ltd took measured time and resources to come to their landmark decision to work with their suppliers over time to bring them to RJC membership. We are eagerly looking forward to working further with Signet Jewelers Ltd on this initiative."
Signet chief executive officer Mike Barnes described corporate social responsibility as a key strategic pillar at Signet, and said the company was pleased that it continued to meet the RJC’s high standards of certification. He added that he expects all Signet suppliers to become certified RJC members in time.
Barnes added: "We strive for continuous improvement in the integrity of the jewellery supply chain which is paramount to the company and, we believe, the global industry. That’s why we’ve recently made it clear to all our suppliers that we expect them to follow our example by becoming certified members of RJC, over time. We encourage all other RJC Certified Members to do the same to promote and enhance consumer confidence in the products we all sell around the world.”