Council also announces translation of documents into six languages.
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has now exceeded 400 global members, including jewellery companies, trade associations and diamond and precious metal suppliers, covering businesses large and small.
To coincide with this milestone, the RJC has also translated its code of practices and various supporting documents into six different languages: Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish, Gujarati and Portuguese.
The RJC’s chief executive Michael Rae said: “RJC’s healthy membership numbers in all parts of the supply chain reflect the growing awareness of the importance of ethical, human rights, social and environmental performance in the jewellery industry.
"With more than 200 certified members, RJC has passed the tipping point, such that more than half of RJC’s commercial members are now certified. RJC’s members have demonstrated they are willing to achieve RJC certification with great dispatch. This demonstrated commitment has helped support membership growth.”
Under the RJC system, all Commercial Members of the RJC have committed to be audited by accredited, third party auditors to verify their conformance with the RJC’s Code of Practices and become certified within two years of joining the Council.
Rae added that with such a strong membership growth reflected across the supply chain and geographically in over 30 countries, the Council has now taken time to translate its RJC Code of Practices and supporting documents into different languages. The translated documents were released yesterday and are available through the RJC’s site.
“We hope this will further support Membership growth and uptake of the code of practices in important regions in Europe, India and China,” Rae added.