Greenland Ruby has announced that it has joined the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), making it the first coloured gem miner to do so.
This will see the Greenland based-company certified against the council’s Code of Practices, which defines responsible, social and environmental business practices.
An independent RJC-accredited auditor will carry out an audit of the firm, following the completion of a self-assessment.
If successful, Greenland Ruby will then be issued a certification of one year of three years – the length determined by whether significant improvement areas are found in the audit.
In joining the RJC, Greenland Ruby is taking advantage of the council’s revised Code of Practices Standard, which was updated in April to allow for the inclusion of coloured gemstones ruby, emerald, and sapphire.
Hayley Henning, the vice president of sales and marketing at Greenland Ruby, says: “We’re delighted to begin the process of becoming certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council.
“It has been Greenland Ruby’s aim, since it began mining in 2017, to become an RJC member. With the expansion of the material scope to include coloured gems in the RJC’s revised Code of Practices, it now enables us to assess our practices.
“By achieving RJC certification, Greenland Ruby will confirm our commitment to responsible business practices. We look forward to beginning this process and hope to encourage other colored gem mining operations to become certified, too.”