The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has added eight new members to its board and committee from around the industry.

At RJC’s latest annual general meeting it revealed the names of the eight new members, as well as the reappointment of two existing members.

Chair David Bouffard (of Signet Jewelers) and vice chair Peter Karakchiev (of Alrosa) are re-elected to their roles.

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Also revealed at the virtual meeting last week were the names of the new members.

These included Ayesha Hira (Lucara Diamonds), Didier Backaert (Bonas & Co) and Ivana Ciabatti (Italpreziosi).

Also joining are Giorgio Bodei (Pomellato), Punit Mehta (DNJ Creation), Isabelle Poly (Piaget/Jaeger LeCoultre), as well as Debbie Azar (GSI) and Michael Lerche (Plumb Club).

David Bouffard, chair of the RJC, said: “I am truly honoured to be re-elected for a second term as RJC chair, to welcome Peter Karakchiev, also re-elected for a second term as vice chair, and our new and returning board members.

“Their input into the future development of the RJC will be vital, to strengthen the RJC’s position as the leading standard setting organisation for the entire jewellery supply chain from mine to retail.

“Together, we are helping transform the world’s jewellery supply chains to be even more responsible and sustainable.

“In doing so, we are strengthening consumer confidence in the global jewellery industry, and underpinning its future with greater trust, so people around the world continue to hold jewellery close to their hearts for centuries to come.

“I’m grateful for the support from Signet’s leadership team for the privilege of serving our industry’s premiere organisation singularly focused on ensuring the continuous improvement in the integrity of the global supply chain.”