Code of Practices Review

From June 2012 to November 2013, the RJC undertook a major review of the Code of Practices (COP), the standard against which all RJC Members must demonstrate independently verified conformance to achieve Certification.

The objectives of the Review were to update the Code of Practices, as well as its supporting documents and training.  RJC has logged issues and comments received since the publication of the Code of Practices in 2009 and worked with a wide range of stakeholders on key issues for the standards revision.

The 2013 Code of Practices has now been published!

Below is an archive of the revision process.  Please email consultation@responsiblejewellery.com in case you have any questions or see the Contact Us page for other contact details.

 

October 2013 Update

The RJC Standards Committee agreed the final revisions to the RJC Code of Practices, Standards Guidance and Assessment Manual on September 12, as the culmination of an 18 month multi-stakeholder consensus-building process.  The revisions were reviewed by the RJC Executive Committee at its meeting on October 9 and are now with the RJC Board for formal approval, anticipated on November 12.  The new Code of Practices will be released in late November – stay tuned for announcements, webinars and new training opportunities!

 

Comment Period 3  – draft revision 2 to the Code of Practices, draft 1 of the Standards Guidance:  4 June – 2 August 2013

Comment Period 3 sought feedback on the final draft of the proposed revisions to the RJC Code of Practices and the accompanying redrafted Standards Guidance, for an 8 week comment period.

The proposed revisions to these documents have been developed from input from the previous round of comment, working with the RJC’s multi-stakeholder Standards Committee.

Downloads:

  • Overview of Proposed COP Revisions May2013 - this 3 page overview summarises some of the main changes proposed to the COP.  It shows the proposed restructure grouping the COP provisions into the 6 sections below, and how this correlates to the current COP structure:
    • General Requirements
    • Responsible Supply Chains and Human Rights
    • Labour Rights and Working Conditions
    • Health, Safety and Environment
    • Diamonds, Gold and Platinum Group Metals Products
    • Responsible Mining Sector
  • RJC Code of Practices – Final Draft Revision May2013 - this document is the proposed new RJC Code of Practices, with comments explaining the major changes since Comment Period 2.  (If you would like to see how individual provisions have changed across successive comment periods, review this against the Comment Period 2 version - Click Here to Download).
  • RJC Standards Guidance – all chapters – Revisions for Comment May 2003 – Word and PDF
  • Comment Report for Comment 3 – Final Comment Period - Click Here to Download

Below are the Individual RJC Standards Guidance Chapters – revised drafts for review. Please click on the Word or PDF version to download.

General Requirements

Word Version of the Chapter
PDF Version of the Chapter
1. Legal Compliance Click Here Click Here
2. Policy and Implementation Click Here Click Here
3. Reporting  Click Here Click Here
4. Financial Accounts Click Here Click Here

 

Responsible Supply Chains and Human Rights

Word Version of the Chapter
PDF Version of the Chapter
5. Business Partners Click Here Click Here
6. Human Rights Click Here Click Here
6.2 Conflict-Affected Areas Click Here Click Here
7. Sourcing from Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Click Here Click Here
8. Community Development Click Here Click Here
9. Bribery and Facilitation Payments Click Here Click Here
10. Money Laundering and Finance of Terrorism Click Here Click Here
11. Security Click Here Click Here
12. Provenance Claims Click Here Click Here

 

Labour Rights and Working Conditions

Word Version of the Chapter
PDF Version of the Chapter
13. General Employment Terms Click Here Click Here
14. Working Hours Click Here Click Here
15. Remuneration Click Here Click Here
16. Discipline and Grievance Procedures Click Here Click Here
17. Child Labour Click Here Click Here
18. Forced Labour  Click Here Click Here
19. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining  Click Here Click Here
20. Non-Discrimination Click Here Click Here

 

Health, Safety and Environment

Word Version of the Chapter
PDF Version of the Chapter
21. Health & Safety  Click Here Click Here
22. Environmental Management Click Here Click Here
23. Hazardous Substances Click Here Click Here
24 Wastes and Emissions Click Here Click Here
25. Use of Natural Resources Click Here Click Here

 

Diamonds, Gold and Platinum Group Metals Products

Word Version of the Chapter
PDF Version of the Chapter
26. Product Disclosure Click Here Click Here
27. Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and World Diamond Council System of Warranties Click Here Click Here
28. Grading and Appraisal Click Here Click Here

 

Responsible Mining Sector

Word Version of the Chapter
PDF Version of the Chapter
29. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative  Click Here Click Here
30. Community Engagement Click Here Click Here
31. Indigenous Peoples and Free Prior Informed Consent Click Here Click Here
32. Impact Assessment Click Here Click Here
33. Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Click Here Click Here
34. Resettlement Click Here Click Here
35. Emergency Response Click Here Click Here
36. Biodiversity Click Here Click Here
37. Tailings and Waste Rock Click Here Click Here
38. Cyanide Click Here Click Here
39. Mercury Click Here Click Here
40. Mine Rehabilitation and Closure Click Here Click Here

 

Comment Period 2 – Proposed Draft Revisions to the Code of Practices – 13 December 2012 – 1 March 2013

  • Comment Period 2 sought stakeholder feedback on the proposed Draft Revisions to the COP, available below, during a 12 week public comment period.
  • The draft revisions have been developed from:
    • Stakeholder comments on a proposed scope for the COP review;
    • Review of parallel standards and initiatives;
    • RJC’s log of comments and questions from the past 3 years of implementation;
    • RJC Standards Committee discussions on a number of key topics.

RJC Code of Practices Review Proposed Draft Revisions to the Code of Practices - Click Here to Download

Comment Report for Comment Period 2 – A Summary of All Comments Received - Click Here to Download

 

RJC Code of Practices Review Workshops – January to February 2013

During January and February 2013 the RJC conducted consultation workshops in London, Geneva, Antwerp, New York, Mumbai and Surat to discuss the proposed revisions to the code and to seek feedback.

For a copy of the Presentation - Click Here

 

Comment Period 1 – Review of Scope – June 27 to September 10, 2012

The Public Summary, available below, outlines the proposed process, scope and timelines for the COP review and sought input from all interested stakeholders.

RJC Code of Practices Review – Public Summary - Click Here to Download

Webinar summary - Click Here to Download slides

Comment Report for Comment Period 1 – A Summary of all Comments Received - Click Here to Download

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