Diamond mining specialist Alrosa has become a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), the not-for-profit organisation that focuses on enhancing consumer confidence in the jewellery industry and promoting responsible business practices.
To date, the RJC includes more than 800 companies representing various sectors of the diamond industry.
Apart from ALROSA, RJC Membership includes well-known diamond mining companies such as De Beers, Dominion Diamond Corporation, Rio Tinto and Lucara Diamond.
“Consumers around the world are giving great importance to the origin of diamonds in jewellery,” said Andrey Polyakov, VP at Alrosa. “We believe it is important to demonstrate to the consumer that diamond mining is a socially responsible business that creates jobs, supports local communities and cares about the environment. Alrosa has always adhered to high standards of corporate social responsibility and is ready to prove it in the audit process.”
RJC Membership was approved by the shareholders of Alrosaat its recent annual general meeting. In accordance with the procedure, Alrosa will undergo an independent audit of its business operation to obtain RJC Certification within two years.
Andrew Bone, executive director of RJC, said: “RJC membership and the resulting Certification of Alrosa against the RJC Code of Practices, will be further recognition of the diamond industry’s efforts to adhere to the highest standards of responsible business.”
Alrosa is the world’s largest producer of rough diamonds in carats. The company’s operations are located in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the Arkhangelsk Region of Russia. It produced 38.3 million carats of rough diamonds.