RJC Media Release

Joint Call to Industry: Engage with ASM

Joint Call to Industry: Engage with ASM

Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has joined a call to action urging the gold and jewellery industry to include Artisanal Scale Mining (ASM) in their sourcing policies and practices.

The ASM sector employs approximately 42 million people, with more than 150 million people worldwide depend on mining to make a living. The greatest opportunity for the gold and jewellery industry to generate positive economic, social and environmental impact is to support artisanal and small-scale miners. Recycling and closed loop measures have significant environmental benefits, but given the millions of people who depend on artisanal and small-scale mining, companies that choose 100% recycled gold are disengaging from urgent needs in their supply chain.

We encourage the industry to have a sourcing strategy that includes recycled and responsible metals from artisanal and small-scale mining.

#EngagewithASM

Joint call on the Gold industry

This statement is signed by a variety of civil society as well as small-scale mining organizations. For more information and to view the full list, please refer to the joint statement.

Further Information

Marketing & Communications Team
Responsible Jewellery Council
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+44 207 321 0992 ext. 206

About RJC

Responsible Jewellery Council is an international not-for-profit standards and certification organisation. It has more than 1,200 member companies that span the jewellery supply chain from mine to retail. RJC Members commit to and are independently audited against the RJC Code of Practices – an international standard on responsible business practices for diamonds, gold and platinum group metals. The Code of Practices (COP) addresses human rights, labour rights, environmental impact, mining practices, product disclosure and many more important topics in the jewellery supply chain. RJC also works with multi-stakeholder initiatives on responsible sourcing and supply chain due diligence. The RJC’s Chain-of-Custody Certification (CoC) for precious metals supports these initiatives and can be used as a tool to deliver broader Member and stakeholder benefit. Through the implementation of the COP and CoC members contribute towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 agenda.

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