An association in America will now require all new and existing members to become certified members of the Responsible Jewellery Council.
The Plumb Club is the first organisation of its kind to require its members to follow the RJC Code of Practices.
The decision comes following its members “overwhelmingly” voting in favour of all new and existing members being credited by the RJC.
The new requirement underscores The Plumb Club’s purpose to “connect its members and their customers and help shape the future of the jewellery industry”.
The RJC will collaborate with current and future Plumb Club members to ensure they adopt the RJC Code of Practices and effectively communicate their RJC membership status to their customers and business partners.
“Our new By-Law confirms The Plumb Club’s vision of being a responsible supply side organization recognized for leadership, adding value, and positively impacting the jewellery industry,” comments Plumb Club president, Michael Lerche. “We strongly believe that any jewellery retailer who buys product from a non-RJC member is taking a very serious and unnecessary risk. Buying product from a Plumb Club member will greatly mitigate that risk.”
“The Plumb Club’s actions set a clear leadership example for other trade associations and member organizations within the jewellery industry,” adds chair of the Responsible Jewellery Council, David Bouffard. “The Plumb Club’s model of cascading RJC membership through its members is a model for other associations to confidently follow.
“At the RJC, we believe that building consumer confidence is not only important for the future of our industry, but is also an imperative that can be acted on today by joining the RJC.”