Council welcomes four new members in a week after successful audits.
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has welcomed four new members from the watch and jewellery industries, including fine watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre and diamond manufacturer Interjewel.
Jaeger-LeCoultre, part of Richemont International, has achieved certification meeting the ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards as established by the RJC’s Member Certification System.
RJC chief executive Michael Rae said: “RJC warmly congratulates Jaeger-LeCoultre on its certification. The successful verification assessment of Jaeger-LeCoultre was conducted by Michel Mooser from SGS, one of the independent third-party auditing firms accredited to the RJC’s Member Certification System.”
Jaeger-LeCoultre chief executive Jerome Lambert added: “Since 1833 and the opening of Antoine LeCoultre’s workshop in the heart of the Swiss Jura, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been committed to respecting the environment, and in the first place, its immediate environment, the Vallée de Joux and its inhabitants.
“All along the years, La Grande Maison has been striving to create products of always better quality and longer durability. The RJC certification sounds therefore like a recognition of our ethical engagement and at the same time like an encouragement to go forward.”
Three other companies – Interjewel, Ben Bridge and Tache – have also been certified by the RJC in the past week.
Diamond manufacturer Interjewel described its certification as a promise of high standards for its clients, while Jacky Tache, chief executive of Belgian diamond manufacturer Tache, said he was “very proud” of the certification.
US jewellery retailer Ben Bridge has also been certified. The certification will cover trading at its 70 stores on the west coast of America.
Ben Bridge co-chief executive Jonathan Bridge said: “As an early adopter of the purpose and principles of RJC, Ben Bridge Jeweler is pleased to receive official certification, reflecting our long-time commitment to promoting ethical corporate behaviour and human rights in the production and sale of our jewellery as well as our adherence to environmentally sound and friendly business practices.”