AGM and Conference

RJC holds its Annual General Meeting  and associated briefings every year in May.  It is an opportunity for Members, stakeholders and interested parties to come together and engage in discussion about RJC activities.

2018 Annual General Meeting and Panel Discussion

The RJC has announced a series of senior appointments to its Board of Directors as the organisation continues to strengthen its position as the jewellery industry’s foremost standards setting and certification body.

The appointments were announced at the RJC’s Annual General Meeting in Moscow on Thursday, 17 May. The three newly appointed Officers of the Board of Directors are:

  • David Bouffard, Vice President of Signet Corporate Affairs, has been appointed the new RJC Chair. Over his extensive career, David has been responsible for developing and implementing longstanding and industry-leading sustainability and social responsibility initiatives. David has been the Chair of the RJC Communications Committee since 2015 and a member of the RJC Executive Committee since 2012. David previously served as Co-Chair of the Standards Committee from 2012 – 2014.
  • Peter Karakchiev, Head of International Relations at ALROSA has been appointed Vice-Chair. Peter’s role at ALROSA, which he has held since 2013, puts him at the helm of a wide range of company’s international activities. He was elected to the RJC Board of Directors in November 2016 and in his new role will promote further development of RJC Standards, and their establishment as industry-wide best-practice.
  • Jason Rubin, President and CEO of the Republic Metals Corporation has been appointed as the RJC’s new Honorary Secretary. A precious metals refining expert with more than 20 years’ experience, Jason will be responsible for supporting the Chair and Vice-Chair with their duties as well as ensure the smooth running of the Board of Directors and Executive Commitee.

L-R: Peter Karakchiev, RJC Vice-Chair; Andrew Bone, RJC Executive Director; Jason Rubin, Honorary Secretary and David Bouffard, RJC Chair.

A number of new Board members were also appointed to represent their respective area of expertise on the RJC’s Board of Directors: Didier Backaert, Bonas & Co Ltd.; Rene Wiskemann, Allgemeine Gold- und Silberscheideanstalt AG; Giorgio Bodei, Pomellato SPA; Isabelle Poly, Piaget; Deborah Azar, Gemological Science International; and Stephane Fischler, IDMA.

A number of RJC member companies from around the globe attended the meeting, where they discussed the RJC’s future direction, and how best to drive forward the rigour, responsibility and transparency that the RJC aims to bring to the industry both upstream and downstream.

Among the key issues addressed was the importance of the detection and disclosure of laboratory-grown diamonds. A panel of industry experts, moderated by RJC Executive Director Andrew Bone, explored different detection methods and technologies, how to ensure best practice around the issue and how to approach an open and transparent conversation with their customers and consumers.

Speaking on the new appointments, Andrew said: “The RJC strives to be the recognised standards and certification organisation for supply chain. The appointment of three highly experienced Board Officers and a number of new Board Members will further improve the depth of expertise we can offer our members across the jewellery sector.

“The many decades of knowledge our Board Officers bring to the table make them standards-setters in their own rights. We are delighted to have appointed them to continue to champion our work globally.”

David Bouffard, the new Chair of the RJC, said: “Having been a part of the RJC for the past six years I’ve seen the organisation grow and am extremely proud of what has been achieved. Our role is to ensure the highest possible standards of responsibility are met throughout the industry supply chain and in my new role as Chair, I will drive further improvements in the RJC’s influence in all global geographies, in all jewellery sectors, and to all stakeholders.”

To watch a video recording of the session streamed live on our YouTube channel from the room, please click below:



2014 Annual General Meeting and CSR Conference


The Responsible Jewellery Council held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in London, on Thursday, 15 May 2014.

All resolutions proposed were passed: the directors’ report and financial statements were accepted, Mr. Charles Chaussepied, Piaget, was formally elected as RJC’s Vice-Chairman. Mr. Mark Jenkins, Signet Jewelers Ltd., was re-elected as Honorary Secretary. The continuation of the current sitting Founding Member Directors on the Board until the 2015 AGM as well as procedures for the 2015 and 2016 AGMs were ratified.

RJC’s Membership elected Jackie Morsel (Dali Diamond), Charles Chaussepied (Piaget), Simon Rainer (British Jewellers’ Association), Bev Hori (Gemological Institute of America), Boaz Lev (Gem Lab Services), Stella Layton (The Birmingham Assay Office), Philippe Neu (Charles Perroud SAS), Wilfried Hoerner (Argor-Heraeus), Daniela Colaiacovo (Eurocantera) and Luis Moran (Minera Yanaquihua) to its Board of Directors.

For a copy of the AGM Minutes please click here.

Following the AGM proceedings, RJC hosted a Conference on CSR in the diamond, gold and platinum group metals supply chain. A line-up of industry leaders, civil society and experts addressed topical supply chain issues.

Panel 1: Future imperatives: EU responsible trading strategy for minerals from conflict zones; The Indian diamond sector and its challenges; and, SMEs and consumer perspectives by:


 From left to right: Marylyn Carrigan, Anoop Mehta, James Courage, Rein Nieland

• Rein Nieland, Policy Officer for Raw Materials, European Commission, DG TRADE

• Anoop Mehta, President, Bharat Diamond Bourse

• Professor Marylyn Carrigan, Co-Director, the Centre for Trust and Ethical Behaviour (CETEB), Coventry University Business School

Panel 2: Human Rights and Responsible Supply Chains: the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights; Risks of forced labour and human trafficking in the jewellery supply chain; Artisanal and small-scale mining; and, Human rights in jewellery manufacturing, by:

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 From left to right: Catherine Sproule, Claus Teilmann Petersen, Estelle Levin, Philip Hunter, Fiona Solomon, Adam Greene

• Adam Greene, Principal Officer, Bureau for Employers’ Activities, International Labour Office

• Philip Hunter, Program Director, Verité

• Estelle Levin, Director, Estelle Levin Ltd

• Claus Teilmann Petersen, Vice President, Group CSR, Pandora

Panel 3: Creating value: Sustainability from a producer’s perspective; Signet’s commitment to responsible sourcing and RJC; and, Creating value from CSR for the supply chain and consumers, by:


 From left to right: Fiona Solomon, Jennifer Horning, David Bouffard, Catherine Sproule, Feriel Zerouki

• Feriel Zerouki, Manager, Best Practice Principles Program, De Beers Group

• David Bouffard, Vice President Corporate Affairs, Signet Jewelers Ltd

• Jennifer Horning, Senior Program Manager, Gold, Solidaridad

For a copy of the conference slides please click here.

For a list of participants please click here.


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The conference concluded with RJC Chairman James Courage’s announcement that the 2015 AGM will be held at the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB). Anoop Mehta, thanked Mr. Courage and welcomed the industry to India in 2015.

“I promise everyone who attends they will have a truly unique experience as we show you the Indian diamond industry,” says Anoop Mehta.

“Looking toward RJC’s future, the strategic engagement with the Indian market undertaken by RJC through 2014 has allowed us the very special and unique opportunity to host RJC’s first-ever AGM outside of the European market,” says James Courage.



From left to right: James Courage, Anoop Mehta



23 May 2013 – RJC Annual General Meeting, Milan, Italy

UnicreditKindly hosted by UniCredit Bank.

The Responsible Jewellery Council held its Annual General Meeting in Milan, Italy on Thursday, 23 May 2013.

All resolutions proposed were passed: the directors’ report and financial statements were accepted, Mr James Courage, CEO, Platinum Guild International, was formally elected as RJC’s Chairman, and Feriel Zerouki, Best Practice Principles Manager, De Beers Group, was elected as Honorary Treasurer.

RJC Annual General Meeting - Milan

Michael Steinmetz (Leo Schachter, USA), Ryan Taylor (Fair Trade Jewellery Co, Canada), Christine Boquet (Syndicat Saint Eloi, France), Donna Baker (GIA, USA),  Mauro di Roberto (Bulgari S.p.A., Italy), David Gavin (David Greg Jewellery, Canada), Neil Richard Harby (Rand Refinery, South Africa) and Ivana Ciabatti (Italpreziosi S.p.A., Italy) were each elected to the Board of Directors, each representing their respective Member Fora, including diamond trading, cutting and polishing; jewellery retailer; jewellery manufacturer and wholesaler; service industries; trade associations; and gold, platinum group metals traders, refiners and/or hedgers.

 The AGM was followed by a Standards update from Dr. Fiona Solomon, RJC Director – Standards Development.  Dr. Solomon highlighted the progress in the RJC Standards program over the last 12 months, including the Code of Practices review and RJC’s key role in the area of  responsible sourcing. Ms Effie Marinos, Sustainability Manager at SGS, gave an auditor perspective on the value of third party assurance for businesses. Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri, President, CIBJO, followed with overview of the value of CSR education to the jewellery industry,  and the synergies between CIBJO and RJC.

Click here for a copy of the Standards Update slides.

Following the Standards update, a Panel Discussion on Responsibility and Assurance in the Jewellery & Watch Industry focused on industry leaders discussing responsible business practices and the importance of the RJC Certification system. Panel DiscussionMonica Cellerino, Unicredit Bank, Maria Benedetta Francesconi, Italian Ministry of Economic Development, and Augusto Ungarelli, Club degli Orafi Italia, opened the session with their sector’s perspectives on the jewellery industry. Licia Mattioli, Confindustria Federorafi, Massimo Poliero, Legor Group, Mauro Di Roberto, Bulgari S.p.A. and Paola Signoretto presented their experiences with RJC standards and certification and what they mean for their organisations. Isabella Pratesi, WWF Italia, outlined the importance for the jewellery industry to engage on sustainability issues and responsible practices.

Click here for a copy of the Panel Discussion Slides.


“I sincerely thank Unicredit Bank for their wonderful support in hosting the RJC AGM this year. I also wish to thank Assogemme, Bulgari, Confindustria Federorafi and Club degli Orafi for their organization and support. Their voices helped shape a very successful program,” says Mr. Michael Rae, RJC CEO.

For a copy of the AGM Minutes click here


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2012 Annual General Meeting

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 22 May 2012 in Paris at the Union Française de la Bijouterie, Joaillerie, Orfèvrerie, des Pierres & des Perles. RJC Annual General Meeting Programme – 22 May 2012

All resolutions proposed at the AGM were passed. Click here for a copy of the presentation.

The AGM was followed by a Chain of Custody (CoC) update on the implementation for gold and platinum group metals by Charles Chaussepied, Piaget, Co-Chair of RJC Standards Committee, and Dr. Fiona Solomon, Director, Standards Development, RJC.  Click here for a copy of the presentation. A report on further consultations with the diamond sector was provided by Derek Palmer, Co-Chair, Diamond Chain of Custody sub-committee.

Following the CoC update, a Leadership Forum took place on the importance and future of responsible business practices, led by Bernadette Pinet-Cuoq, Deputy President, UFBJOP with participants Alan Grieve, Director of Corporate Affairs, Compagnie Financière Richemont SA; Pilar Cabo Coin, Marketing Director, Roberto Coin and Stella Layton,Global CEO, Cookson Precious Metals.

The RJC also acknowledged Dr Matt Runci, who will retire from the role of founding RJC Chairman in December 2012.

In recognition of Dr Runci’s outstanding leadership in the formation, development and current success of the RJC, as well as his overall service to the jewellery industry, RJC has invited its Members to donate funds to the Diamond Development Initiative International (DDI International).  Dr Runci serves as Secretary and as a Member of the Board of Directors of DDI. Click here for a copy of the donation form.


All RJC Members are encouraged to help further the important work of DDI International in recognition of Matt’s pivotal contribution to the jewellery industry. “I profoundly thank all those Members who participated in the AGM process, either through their attendance in Paris or by lodging proxies. As a democratic institution ultimately governed by its Members, Member participation in the Council’s AGM is vital. The RJC is very grateful also to the Union Française BJOP for their great support in generously hosting the RJC AGM this year,” said Michael Rae, RJC’s Chief Executive Officer.



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