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Open letter to Stakeholders: Kimberley Process Plenary 2019

Dear Stakeholders,

The Kimberley Process Plenary meets in New Delhi, India, next week to discuss vital reform proposals. The Responsible Jewellery Council believes that all sectors of the diamond supply chain must ensure responsible supply chains, respecting international conventions on human rights for all participants.

The strengthening of the Kimberley Process definition of “conflict diamonds” is critical, and we urge all stakeholders to support the proposals being put forth by the World Diamond Council (WDC).

“This is our call to action. Trust and transparency are the new equity, and we encourage everyone to leverage the open-source RJC Code of Practices, RJC member or not, in order to protect your business and its role in the global supply chain,” said Iris Van der Veken, Executive Director of the Responsible Jewellery Council.

The importance of KP reform was echoed by David Bouffard, Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council: “There is nothing more important that ensuring consumer confidence in the diamond jewelry we all sell. We need a KP definition that meets and exceeds consumer expectations, not one that only meets minimum requirements. We therefore applaud and fully support the leadership of the WDC for driving reform efforts on behalf of industry. You can count on the RJC to be right at your side.”

Regards,

Iris Van der Veken
Executive Director
Responsible Jewellery Council

Further Information

Olivia Saunders-Smith
Marketing & Communications Team
Responsible Jewellery Council
communications@responsiblejewellery.com
+44 207 321 0992 ext. 206

About Responsible Jewellery Council

Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is the leading standards organisation of the global jewellery and watch industry. It has 1,500 member companies in 71 countries, 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, coloured gemstones, silver, 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. RJC’s Roadmap 2030 is a framework for our industry with respect to the most impactful contributions our members can make through their supply chains. Impacts deepen consumer confidence and are linked to priority SDGs, they are presented according to the five pillars of sustainable development – People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships. In April 2021, RJC launched the SDG Taskforce, an industry-wide action platform to advance the sustainability agenda and benchmark progress in the jewellery and watch supply chain.

RJC is a Full Member of the ISEAL Alliance – the global association for sustainability standards. RJC complies with the ISEAL Standard-Setting Code which specifies general requirements for transparent and accountable preparation, adoption and revision of sustainability standards.

RJC is also a member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) since 2009. RJC and UNGC entered into a first-of-its-kind strategic partnership in 2020 and launched the ‘SDG Innovation & Impact in the Jewellery Industry” programme. In 2021 RJC deepened this commitment by supporting the UNGC SDG Ambition global impact initiative to accelerate integration of the 17 SDGs into core business management. SDG Ambition enables companies to move beyond incremental progress and step-up transformative change – unlocking business value, building business resilience, and enabling long-term growth.

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