Standards Development

As an ISEAL Alliance Full Member, the RJC’s Standards Development is firmly founded on multi-stakeholder processes.  This includes a multi-stakeholder Standards Committee and broad engagement with stakeholders through formal comment periods, webinars and RJC events.

The RJC Standards Committee comprises up to 14 elected RJC Member representatives, two from each Member Forum, and up to 12 external participants from NGOs, related standards organisations and other experts.

Standards Setting

In its standards development, the RJC commits to:

  • be open and transparent in its standards development process
  • encourage input from a wide range of interested and affected parties
  • treat input from interested and affected parties with integrity and respect, and
  • report publicly on submissions received, including how comments have been addressed in subsequent drafting.

ISEAL Code of Good Practice

The RJC conducts its standard setting in conformance with the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards. RJC’s procedures for standards development include the following steps:

  • Proposals for new standards work or revisions from interested stakeholders approved by the RJC Board;
  • Gap analysis and stakeholder identification conducted by RJC, including the identification of any regional issues/stakeholders;
  • Proposed scope and stakeholder engagement plan for new standard / revision prepared with the RJC Standards Committee for public comment;
  • Public comment period 1 of 60 days – proposal and draft scope;
    • Facilitate dialogue on input received with Standards Committee;
    • Publish summary of comments received and how they are being addressed in the next draft;
  • First draft of standards developed with RJC Standards Committee;
  • Public comment period 2 of 60 days – draft 1 of standards;
    • Facilitate dialogue on input received with RJC Standards Committee;
    • Publish summary of comments received and how they are being addressed in the next draft;
  • Second draft of standards and first draft of associated guidance developed with RJC Standards Committee;
  • Public comment period 3 of 60 days – draft 2 of standards, draft 1 of guidance;
    • Facilitate dialogue on input received with RJC Standards Committee;
    • Publish summary of comments received and how they are being addressed in the final draft;
  • Final draft of standards, associated guidance and tools developed with RJC Standards Committee;
  • Where outstanding issues exist, a final consultation period of 30 or 60 days (draft 3 of standards, draft 2 of guidance);
    • Facilitate dialogue on input received with RJC Standards Committee;
    • Publish summary of comments received and how they were addressed in the final version;
  • Recommendation by the RJC Standards Committee whether to approve the new standards / revisions, based on the results of the consultations;
  • Recommendation by the RJC Executive Committee based on the above recommendations;
  • Decision whether to approve the new standards/revisions taken by the RJC Board, based on the quality of the process followed.

The RJC welcomes comments on its procedures, standards and certification system at any time. Comments are logged and will be incorporated into the next available review process.

Please submit comments to consultation@responsiblejewellery.com or see the ‘Contact Us’ page for other contact details.