Chain-of-Custody Certified Entities
The RJC Chain-of-Custody (CoC) Standard builds on and complements the RJC Code of Practices, and is voluntary for RJC Members. It aims to provide one approach to responsible sourcing, and aligns with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance and the reporting requirements for Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Act. By building on the Code of Practices (COP) as a pre-requisite, the RJC CoC Standard addresses more than conflict issues, also incorporating in the whole range of jewellery supply chain issues and risks covered by the COP.
The 2012 RJC Chain-of-Custody Standard applies to Precious Metals (gold, platinum, palladium and/or rhodium). Uptake of the CoC Standard is starting with refiners, widely seen as a choke point in the supply chain, and is expected to continue to grow upstream and downstream. While the CoC Standard requires segregation of ‘CoC’ from ‘non-CoC’ material, it does not require mine or country of origin information, except where relevant under Dodd Frank Section 1502. However businesses are free to use the CoC Standard to support this higher level of detail where desired.
CoC Certification can be granted at the Facility level and is achieved by independent, third party auditing against the RJC Chain-of-Custody Standard. CoC Certified Entities do provide information on the general source of CoC Materials via transfer documentation. Type of CoC Materials are Gold and Platinum Group Metals that are:
- Mined: produced under responsible mining practices, as defined by the RJC Code of Practices or a comparable standard recognised by the RJC, or by ASM on an Entity’s concession under an initiative supporting professionalisation and formalisation of ASM, or Mining Byproduct declared by a CoC Certified Refiner, and Conflict-Free as demonstrated by Due Diligence.
- Recycled: from Recyclable Materials sourced from suppliers screened according to Know Your Customer requirements to avoid Illegitimate Sources.
- Grandfathered: historical stocks with records that demonstrate they were produced before 1 January 2012.
- Mix of Mined, Recycled and/or Grandfathered: to accommodate bulk-commodity chain-of-custody models.
For more information, and to download the CoC Standard and associated documentation, see: http://www.responsiblejewellery.com/chain-of-custody-certification/
Chain-of-Custody Certified Entities List
Below are the Companies which have Entities that have individually achieved CoC Certification – each Entity must be under the control of an RJC Member. To find out more about the CoC Certification Scope of these entities click on the name of the Company.