Activities and Plans
RJC’s key work programs for 2013 are the RJC Code of Practices Review and continuing consultation on the potential applicability of an RJC Chain-of-Custody standard to the diamond supply chain.
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RJC Code of Practices Review
Timeframe: Formal review commenced in 2012 and target completion is by the end of 2013.
The review is addressing the following:
- Scope: Formally include Platinum Group Metals in the Code of Practices and increase clarity of applicability to laboratory-grown diamonds.
- Implementation experience: Address questions/issues regarding interpretation of the Code of Practices that have arisen during the implementation of RJC Member Certification.
- Key topics: Continue multi-stakeholder engagement on key mining issues, including mercury, Indigenous Peoples, and mining in conflict zones, as well as address other topics identified by stakeholders.
Chain of Custody - Diamonds
Timeframe: revisit after conclusion of COP review.
During 2012, a sub-committee of the RJC Standards Committee undertook further consultation on the draft Chain-of-Custody standard’s applicability to diamonds. In April 2013, the Standards Committee reviewed the recommendations of the sub-committee. It was agreed to revisit the issues and possible next steps following the completion of the RJC Code of Practices Review.
RJC is also participating in a Precious Stones Multi-Stakeholder Working Group, which aims to review current and potential responsible sourcing frameworks for the precious stones sector, including diamonds.
Past Standards Development Programs
Chain-of-Custody for Precious Metals (completed 2012) - During 2010 to early 2012, the RJC worked with stakeholders to develop a Chain-of-Custody (CoC) standard for jewellery materials. In March 2012, a CoC standard and associated documents were published, applicable to precious metals. Click here for more information on the standards development process.
ISEAL Full Membership (completed 2012) - The RJC joined the ISEAL Alliance in mid-2011 and achieved Full Membership in June 2012, after demonstrating compliance with the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Standards-Setting and the ISEAL Impacts Code. Click here for more information, and visit http://www.isealalliance.org/online-community/organisations/responsible-jewellery-council
Mining Supplement (completed 2009) - In December 2009, the additional mining standards were integrated into the RJC Code of Practices for certifying responsible business practices for the diamond and gold jewellery supply chain. Click here to find out more about the standards development process for the ‘Mining Supplement’.