Council says 400 firms are now working to its Code of Practice.
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has today announced that 75% of its members are now Certified Members, working under its Code of Practice (COP).
According to the RJC, this means more than 400 companies are now certified, with the remaining firms working towards their two-year deadline following joining RJC.
The RJC’s Certified Members represent about 6,000 facilities or locations covered by its certification spread across 53 countries, employing more than 270,000 people.
The COP is currently available in English, French, Italian, Gujarati, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese.
According to the RJC, current figures show that diamond traders, cutters and polishers are the most represented forum with 196 certifications.
Jewellery manufacturers and wholesalers follow thereafter with 116 certifications and retailers have 49 certifications. Gold and platinum group metal traders, refiners and hedgers represent 27 certificates, and the service industry holds 12.
RJC chief executive officer Ashish Deo said: "We are proud to have reached such an impressive milestone. I would like to congratulate these Members and also thank them for their commitment. RJC is committed to help its Members achieve the desired standards and stay relevant to the issues and opportunities they face in relation to ethical and responsible business practices."
A major review of the RJC’s standards was completed in 2013. At present, members can get certified against either the 2009 or 2013 versions of the Code of Practices but from 2015, the RJC will only accept certifications against the new 2013 COP.