New certification “will send strong message” says chief executive.
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announced Signet Jewelers Limited as a newly certified member, meeting the ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards as established by the RJC’s member certification system.
The new certification will encompass all of Signet’s US and UK operations, which total over 1,800 retail locations, including Ernest Jones, Leslie Davis and H Samuel in the UK. Signet joins Cartier as the second of RJC’s founding members to be certified.
Signet was audited by Specialized Technologies Resources – Responsible Sourcing (STR‐RS), one of the independent third party auditing firms accredited to the RJC’s Member Certification System.
The RJC chief executive Michael Rae said: "Signet’s certification across its US and UK retail stores will send a strong message that responsible business practices are a necessity for today’s businesses. RJC warmly congratulates the Signet team on this outstanding effort."
Mike Barnes, chief executive of Signet said: "Signet has the goal to operate as a profitable and socially responsible specialty jeweller. Therefore, a key objective is seeking to uphold our social, ethical and environmental principles and to ensure that these principles are upheld throughout the supply chain."
"In Signet’s view the most efficient and effective way of achieving this commitment is through its membership of the Responsible Jewellery Council and compliance with its principles and code of practices. Signet intends to do what it can within its sphere of influence to promote and bring greater awareness of the RJC to the industry", Barnes added.