RJC Standards Committee

The RJC Standards Committee is a multi-stakeholder group of 28, bringing jewellery supply chain mine to retail, human rights, labour rights, artisanal mining, responsible sourcing, community development, biodiversity and product disclosure expertise.


Committee Responsibilities and Duties

The RJC Standards Committee reviews and make recommendations on:

  • the design, implementation and continuous improvement of RJC Certification;
  • proposed changes to RJC Certification;
  • proposed changes to the formal documentation for RJC Certification, including assessment tools and treatment of non-conformances;
  • RJC’s Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) program;
  • the expansion of RJC Certification to other jewellery products and forms of assurance.

The Standards Committee also provides policy advice on the consultation and engagement of stakeholders during standards development activities.  The Committee’s full terms of reference are laid out in the RJC Governance Handbook.



The RJC Standards Committee is comprised of 28 Members: 14 industry representatives (two from each forum of the diamond, gold and platinum jewellery supply chain, and Members of the RJC) and 14 members representing various external stakeholders groups, of which 2 are permanent representatives from capacity building groups supporting artisanal and small scale mining and who the RJC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with – Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) and the Alliance of Responsible Mining (ARM).  We are grateful for the time and valuable contributions of all Standards Committee participants. There is currently 1 vacant seat on the committee for an industry representative, and 2 vacant seats for external stakeholder representatives.

  • Didier Backaert, Consultant, Bonas & Co
  • Eva Carlson, Director, Global Ethics and Corporate Compliance, Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
  • Marylyn Carrigan, Professor of Marketing at Coventry University, Centre for Business in Society (CBiS)
  • Charles Chaussepied, Directeur, Piaget
  • Dr Katrien De CorteChief Officer Education & Graduates Club, HRD Antwerp
  • Assheton Stewart Carter, Senior Vice President, Global Engagement, Equitable Origin
  • Stéphane Fischler, Treasurer, International Diamond Manufacturers Association
  • Cecilia Gardner, President, CEO and General Counsel, Jewelers Vigilance Committee
  • Jonathan (Jon) Hobbs, International Director (Extractives Sector), WWF International
  • Wilfried Hörner, Associate & Director, Argor-Heraeus
  • Ainsley Butler, Program director, Diamond Development Initiative (DDI)
  • Jennifer Horning, Gold Program Coordinator, Gold, Solidaridad
  • Felix Hruschka, Standards Coordinator, Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM)
  • Philip HunterProgramme Specialist Forced Labour & Human Trafficking, Verité
  • John Lee, Metal Control Manager Americas, Metalor Technologies USA Corporation
  • Estelle Levin, Director, Estelle Levin Ltd (Development Consultancy)
  • Alan Martin, Research Director – Directeur de Recherche, Partnership Africa Canada – Partenariat Afrique Canada (PAC)
  • Steven Oates, SAI Senior Advisor, Labor Standards, Social Accountability International
  • Claus Teilmann Petersen, Vice President, Group CSR, PANDORA Jewellery
  • Eleonora Rizzuto, Head CSR, Bulgari
  • Marianna Smirnova, International Policy, CSR and Auditing Consultant
  • Hiren Vepari, Business Development, Venus Jewel
  • Feriel Zerouki, Head of Government and Industry Relations, De Beers Group of Companies
  • Claire Piroddi, Sustainability Manager W&J KeringBoucheron
  • Michaël Geelhand de MerxemPublic Affairs OfficerAntwerp World Diamond Centre


Download a PDF of Committee names and biographical information for the RJC Standards Committee Biographies 2016

Standards Committee minutes

From 2012, minutes of Standards Committee meetings will be published on the RJC website after acceptance at the subsequent meeting.


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