Activities and Plans
RJC’s key work programs for 2014 are to work on the rollout of the 2013 Code of Practices, expand the Monitoring & Evaluation program and publish its first public Impacts Report.
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Timeframe: throughout the year
In 2014 the RJC is working on the rollout of the reviewed Code of Practices, which was launched in November 2013. New and pre-recorded training modules have been developed and are already available on the website, and the RJC will continue to develop more topic-focused modules and further expand its training program by tracking inquiries and identifying new training needs. The 2013 Code of Practices documents are also being translated into 6 languages, including French, Gujarati, Italian, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese and Spanish. In addition, RJC will grow its webinar program, which will focus on further supporting peer and stakeholder discussion and learning.
Monitoring & Evaluation Program
Timeframe: throughout the year
In 2014, RJC will continue to expand its Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) program. The RJC Standards Committee will review the Theory of Change which will be followed by a short public consultation period and discussion of feedback at various levels of RJC. In mid-2014, RJC will publish its first full public Impacts report, which will review aggregate data collected during the last 3 years, and delve into sectors to shed light on impacts and benefits of certification. These sectors include mining in Latin America, the diamond sector in India and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs).
Past Standards Development Programs
RJC Code of Practices Review (completed 2013) - From April 2012 to November 2013, RJC revised the Code of Practices (COP), the mandatory standard for Members. The COP Review process has been overseen by RJC’s multi-stakeholder Standards Committee and an extensive 18 month period was taken to allow sufficient time for stakeholder engagement and consensus-building. As a full Member of the ISEAL Alliance, RJC followed ISEAL’s Code of Good Practice for Standard-Setting with 3 successive comment periods for stakeholders to provide feedback on proposed revisions to the COP. Comment reports were published on the RJC website. The 2013 COP will help Members address important issues for them and their supply chains – including conflict minerals, human rights and synthetic diamonds. Please click here to access the Certification documents.
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’.