The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) hopes to reinforce its position as the jewelry industry’s foremost standards setting and certification body by strengthening its senior management team.

The appointments, which were announced at the RJC’s Annual General Meeting in Moscow, see David Bouffard, Peter Karakchiev and Jason Rubin join the organisation.

Incoming RJC chair Mr Bouffard joins the company from Signet Corporate Affairs, where he holds the position of vice president. Over his extensive career, Bouffard has been responsible for developing and implementing sustainability and social responsibility initiatives and has been the chair of the RJC Communications Committee since 2015 and a member of the RJC Executive Committee since 2012.


Peter Karakchiev, head of international relations at ALROSA, has been appointed as RJC’s vice-chair. He was elected to the RJC Board of Directors in November 2016 and in his new role will promote further development of RJC Standards, and their establishment as industry-wide best-practice.

In addition to Mr Karakchiev and Mr Bouffard, RJC has appointed Jason Rubin, the president and CEO of the Republic Metals Corporation, as its new honorary secretary. In his new role Mr Rubin will be responsible for supporting the chair and vice-chair with their duties as well as ensure the smooth running of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

RJC executive director, Andrew Bone, says: “The RJC strives to be the recognised standards and certification organisation for supply chain. The appointment of three highly experienced Board Officers and a number of new Board Members will further improve the depth of expertise we can offer our members across the jewellery sector.

“The many decades of knowledge our Board Officers bring to the table make them standards-setters in their own rights. We are delighted to have appointed them to continue to champion our work globally.”

Mr Bouffard adds: “Having been a part of the RJC for the past six years I’ve seen the organisation grow and am extremely proud of what has been achieved. Our role is to ensure the highest possible standards of responsibility are met throughout the industry supply chain and in my new role as Chair, I will drive further improvements in the RJC’s influence in all global geographies, in all jewellery sectors, and to all stakeholders.”