The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has released a revised version of its Chain of Custody (CoC) standard that will allow members to become certified for their silver supply chain, in addition to gold and platinum group metals
The global standard-setting and certification organisation for the entire jewellery supply chain has announced the expansion of its CoC standard scope to include silver.
RJC’s voluntary standard was established in 2012, aiming to support claims for responsibly sourced jewellery materials, produced, processed and traded through the supply chain. It was relaunched in 2017 to incorporate changes including the due-diligence requirements that align with Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) five-step framework.
Companies in the jewellery and watch supply chain which trade in silver can now join the RJC and become certified against the mandatory Code of Practice standard as well as the voluntary Chain of Custody standard.
Around 150 certifications have been issued since the first CoC standard was launched. It’s available to all RJC members who have been certified against the RJC’s Code of Practices.
Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council, David Bouffard, comments: “We are proud to be welcoming silver into our precious metal range. Our standard offers a tool for RJC member companies to provide third-party certified traceability for silver, and reliable evidence of the source of material used. We believe this new addition will open doors for existing and new members to become certified against the Chain of Custody standard – and we look forward to welcoming them as RJC members.”
An updated version of the Chain of Custody standard is now available to RJC members.