The Responsible Jewellery Council Certification System. Contents. About the RJC Structure of the RJC System RJC System Implementation. The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). The RJC is an international not-for-profit organisation established in 2005.
The Responsible Jewellery CouncilCertification System
Officers of the Council
Chairman: Matt Runci – Jewelers of America
Vice-Chairman: John Hall – Rio Tinto Diamonds
Honorary Secretary: Mark Jenkins – Signet plc
Honorary Treasurer: James Evans Lombe – De Beers Group
Executive Committee: Matt Runci – Jewelers of America
Standards Committee: Rob Headley – Jewelers of America + Mick Roche – BHP Billiton
Communications Committee: John Hall – Rio Tinto Diamonds
Membership Committee: Pamela Caillens – Cartier
Legal Committee: Mark Jenkins – Signet plc
People Committee: Geoff Field - British Jewellers Association
Mining Committee: Christine Charles - Newmont
Finance Committee: Ruth Batson – American Gem Society
Accreditation and Training Committee: Gérard Satre – The CHANEL Company Ltd
The Executive functions and day-to-day management of the Council are carried out by the RJC Management Team under the direction of Michael Rae, CEO
Now more than ever, the industry must demonstrate responsible practices and protect its reputation.
Certification under the RJC system will help Members to support their reputation and provide confidence to their suppliers and customers.
The RJC System provides a transparent and practical mechanism for helping Members’ local operations and contractors develop the capacity to meet higher standards of ethical, social and environmental performance.
Membership in the RJC also provides an opportunity to be a part of a forum for discussion and interaction with industry peers who share a commitment to advancing responsible business practices, and access to information on emerging business responsibility issues and challenges.
RJC certification will be transparent and highly credible, as it is based on independent auditing.
The standards and auditing requirements will be familiar to a large pool of competitive auditors, which will reduce costs.
Following the RJC System will allow companies now operating their own social responsibility auditing programs to consolidate under one system, avoiding unnecessary duplication and expense, and streamlining work.
The System Tools and Guidance documents and training programs provide additional standardised resources to assist Members and Auditors.
“To advance responsible ethical, social and environmental practices, which respect human rights, throughout the diamond and gold jewellery supply chain, from mine to retail.”
1. The RJC Principles and Code of Practices, under which Members are to be Certified.
2. Certification Handbook: overview of the System
and requirements for achieving certification.
3. RJC Standards Guidance: information and
advice about the Code.
4. RJC Assessment Manual: instructions for members and auditors.
5. RJC Assessment Workbook: forms and
detailed questions for assessments and audits.
The RJC System will be delivered in three main stages:
1. Release of Core System Documents – November 2008.
2. Completion of the Mining Supplement – Quarter 2 2009.
3. Accreditation of Auditors – Quarter 2 2009.
The RJC System is expected to become fully operational in the
3rd Quarter of 2009, once independent auditors have been trained and
audit firms accredited.
Current RJC Members are required to be certified by December 2010.
Companies that join the RJC after 31st December 2008 will need to
undergo independent verification within two years of becoming Members.
The Responsible Jewellery Council is the trading name of the Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices Ltd.
Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices Ltd, 20-22 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4JS, United Kingdom. The Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices Ltd is registered in England and Wales with company number 05449042.