The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has claimed in a statement that “most” of the member companies that resigned from the council back in March made a return “within a few weeks”.
The RJC was hit by a series of resignations in March due to what companies saw as its refusal to sever ties with Alrosa, one of the world’s largest diamond mining companies which is part-owned by the Russian government.
Member companies that left included Pandora, Kering, Richemont brands like Cartier, and Watches of Switzerland Group.
A Pandora statement at the time made all too clear its opinions on the matter, with CEO Alexander Lacik saying bluntly: “We are shocked and saddened by the unprovoked attack on Ukraine, and our thoughts go to the people of Ukraine, who are victims of this senseless act of military aggression.
“The war requires all businesses to act with the utmost responsibility regarding any interactions or business dealings with Russia and Belarus.
“Pandora cannot in good faith be a member of an association that does not share our values.”
Reports now suggest that the Responsible Jewellery Council has been welcomed back by some of the companies which initially left.
Idex Online reported that RJC has now said in a statement: “Most of the small number of members who briefly left the RJC in late March rescinded their resignations within a few weeks, including all the Kering and Richemont maisons, retaining their long-standing RJC membership.
“Neither LVMH nor its maisons resigned, and all remain members of the RJC.”
There is still no word on whether companies like Pandora have rescinded their resignations. Read more below on Pandora’s departure from the RJC: