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Andrew Bone steps down as Responsible Jewellery Council executive director

Andrew Bone will be stepping down from his position as executive director of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), effective March 27 2019. Bone has been executive director of the RJC since the spring of 2015. Under his leadership, RJC membership has doubled and the foundations have been laid down for sustainable growth in the future.

RJC calls for industry feedback on proposed Code of Practices changes

In a second round of public consultation on the Code of Practices, the Responsible Jewellery Council is putting forward a number of proposed changes including an expansion of scope to coloured stones and silver, new requirements on undisclosed synthetic diamonds, and on due diligence and ‘know your counterparty’ practices.  The RJC turned to members of the

RJC branded “flawed” by report into gold and diamond supply chain

In a report scrutinizing the hidden cost of jewellery 13 major players in the industry, Human Rights Watch has said many companies rely too heavily on trade watchdog, the Responsible Jewellery Council, which offers a “weak assurance” that ethical practices are actually being met. ‘The Hidden Cost of Jewellery: Human Rights in Supply Chains and

Boodles ranked ‘weak’ in ethical report, but vows to make changes

Boodles ranking by HRW – Weak Boodles is a family-owned UK jeweler, founded in 1798. Its 2016 revenue from jewelry was approximately $57 million. The company operates nine stores in the UK and Ireland, including five in London. Boodles responded to Human Rights Watch’s request for information with a written, detailed letter and met with

Signet is making positive steps to responsible policies and practices

Signet Jewellers rankings by HRW – Moderate Signet Jewellers Limited is the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry and the largest specialty jewelry retailer in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. Signet operates approximately 3,600 stores under the name brands of Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared, the Galleria of Jewelry, H. Samuel, Ernest Jones, Peoples

Humans Rights Watch says Pandora stands out for disclosing human rights risks identified during audits

Pandora Ranking by HRW – Moderate Pandora is a publicly-traded company founded in 1982. Its 2016 revenue was approximately $3 billion. Pandora sells its jewelry in more than 100 countries through over 8,000 points of sale and 2,100 stores. In 2016, the company crafted more than 122 million pieces of jewelry. Its main markets are

RJC appoints director of business development

The Responsible Jewellery Council has appointed a director of business development to help expand its expertise and drive growth for the organisation. Edward Johnson joins the RJC from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) where he worked to establish GIA’s presence in the UK and further expand it across Europe from 2015 as director of

RJC seeks industry input for Code of Practices review

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has turned to members of the jewellery industry for guidance as it prepares to overhaul its Code of Practices. The London organisation, which seeks to set standards and certify jewellery companies, currently has more than 1,000 members spanning the jewellery supply chain from mine to retail. The code, which was first

THE BIG DEBATE: What are large companies doing to advance responsible sourcing?

Fair Luxury is a conference which Flux, an independent group of jewellery industry ethics champions, launched last year to encourage a dynamic platform for debate. Building on the inaugural event, the 2017 conference took place at the Birmingham Assay Office over the course of two days. In attendance were key figures from the UK jewellery