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RJC Seminar at Basel Focuses on Responsible Sourcing

Mar 19, 2014 10:46 AM   By RJC
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Press Release: Responsible sourcing is the main theme for discussion at a seminar hosted by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) at the Baselworld fair on March 27 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The session, titled “Responsible Sourcing: How the new RJC code of practices and key industry initiatives support a responsible supply chain,” will gather manufacturers, retailers, RJC members, prospective members and key stakeholders. 

Welcomed by James Courage, RJC's chairman, and moderated by RJC’s interim CEO, Catherine Sproule, the panel is comprised of industry speakers. Challenges and responses around responsible sourcing from mine to retail, conflict minerals initiatives and synthetic diamonds will be addressed.

Participants will hear Fiona Solomon, RJC's director of standards development, summarize the new RJC code of practices 2013, with a focus on provenance claims and human rights due diligence. The head of trade promotion of the state secretariat for economic affairs, SECO, Hans-Peter Egler, will discuss sourcing programs with mining companies. Representatives from member organizations will continue on with the theme, led by Nawal Ait-Hocine giving her views from a luxury brand perspective.

The importance of harmonization and collaboration across standards and initiatives to create operational efficiencies will be discussed from a producer and from a retailer’s perspective with Feriel Zerouki of the De Beers Group and Philip Olden, consultant to Signet Jewelers Ltd. and Stephen Morisseau of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will address the topic of synthetic diamonds from a laboratory perspective.

“Conflict minerals legislation, synthetic diamonds and a keen focus on corporate social responsibility is collectively driving increased due diligence in the jewelry supply chain. Our members are committed to RJC’s vision of a responsible global jewelry and watch supply chain. The panel is a representation of the supply chain and each bring expertise and knowledge of supply chain issues at respective touch points,” said Sproule.

The seminar is scheduled to take place at Room Singapore, Baselworld Congress Center.

The Responsible Jewellery Council
The Responsible Jewellery Council is an international not-for-profit standards and certification organization.  It has more than 460 member companies that span the jewelry supply chain from mine to retail.  RJC members commit to and are independently audited against the RJC's code of practices – an international standard on responsible business practices for diamonds, gold and platinum group metals. The code of practices addresses human rights, labor rights, environmental impact, mining practices, product disclosure and many more important topics in the jewelry supply chain. RJC also works with multi-stakeholder initiatives on responsible sourcing and supply chain due diligence. The RJC’s chain-of-custody certification for precious metals supports these initiatives and can be used as a tool to deliver broader Member and stakeholder benefit.

The RJC is a full member of the ISEAL Alliance – the global association for sustainability standards.

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