The world needs fewer talking shops, not more, so a cross-membership partnership between the World Diamond Council (WDC) and Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), announced today, is a step in the right direction.
Monty Python satirists might have likened it to a meeting of minds between the Judean People’s Front and the People’s Front of Judea.
Both non-profit organisations have similar aims, so collaboration ought to accelerate progress towards the important goal of pushing jewellery and watch companies towards responsible business practices across the supply chain.
A joint statement says the partnership will help increase knowledge-sharing, pilot new initiatives, and increase the positive impact they both make on the lives and livelihoods of individuals and communities associated with jewellery, watches and the precious materials from which they are made.
As part of the alignment (which appears to have spawned more acronyms, not fewer), RJC joins the WDC Kimberley Process Task Force to take part in critical discussions about the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS).
This includes the expansion of the definition of conflict diamonds and principles for responsible diamond sourcing, and also the worldwide adoption of WDC’s revised System of Warranties (SoW).
For its part, a WDC official will join the RJC SDG Task Force, which is an action platform for the jewellery and watch industry committed to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Both appointments will take place with immediate effect.
Over the course of the partnership, both WDC and RJC will report to their members on progress with the SoW and SDGs, and support members of the industry in applying the relevant programs and principles into their own business systems with the help of case studies, hands-on workshops and a continued dialogue with policy makers and investors.