Recognised Responsible Mining Standards
The RJC Chain-of-Custody Standard aims to support RJC Members wishing to source Materials that are the product of responsible mining. The RJC Code of Practices sets such standards for responsible mining, however RJC aims to support harmonisation by working with other willing standards organisations that have similar initiatives.
The main vehicle for recognition is under the RJC Chain-of-Custody standard. Provision 4.1c of the RJC Chain-of-Custody Standard provides scope for the RJC to formally recognise comparable mining standards. The RJC undertakes a formal, technical review, in cooperation with the other standard setting organisations to the extent possible, to identify the comparability of the other standard with the RJC Code of Practices.
Recognition of the Fairmined Standard Version 2.0
There are several standards organisations working in the area of responsible artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). While the RJC Code of Practices is open to application by ASM producers, more development-focused standards have been designed by these organisations to support the particular challenges of the ASM sector.
In September 2014, the RJC formally recognised the Fairmined Standard v.2.0 as a ‘Recognised Responsible Mining Standard’ under the RJC Chain-of-Custody Standard. The formal recognition of this ASM standard aims to further the work of the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) with certified artisanal and small-scale producers, particularly in conflict areas. The benefits for these producers will include expanded access to chain-of-custody pathways through to RJC’s Membership in the jewellery supply chain. The recognition allows RJC CoC Certified Entities to source gold sourced from a Fairmined certified mining organisation, being confident in the practices at the mine, and thus contribute to the further integration of ASM into the formal economy. This builds on the recommendations of the ‘OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains – Supplement on Gold’ that all gold supply chain participants support legitimate ASM producers.
Recognition of the Fairtrade Standard
Fairtrade are currently in the process of reviewing their standards for gold. This process is expected to conclude in October 2015. RJC will review an update on the prior recognition of the standard after the conclusion of their standards revision process.
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