RJC AT A GLANCE
Created to lead
change and build trust
Founded in 2005, by 14 member organisations (ABN AMRO, BHP Billiton Diamonds, Cartier, World Jewellery Confederation, Diamond Trading Company (part of De Beers Group), Diarough, Jewelers of America, National Association of Goldsmiths (UK), Newmont Mining, Rio Tinto, Rosy Blue, Signet Group, Tiffany & Co., and Zale Corporation), we are the world’s leading standard-setting organisation for the watch and jewellery industry.
Jewellery plays a special role in people’s lives, carrying personal and emotional significance. We bring together over 1600 companies of all sizes, across the global watch and jewellery supply chain, from retail to mining.
What unites us is our shared belief that responsible business, without causing harm to people or the planet, is good business and that this can only be achieved by working together, in partnership with others.
In doing so, we are enhancing trust in the global jewellery and watch industry and underpinning its future, so people continue to hold jewellery close to their hearts for centuries to come.
We strive to be the recognised standards and certification organisation for supply chain integrity and sustainability in the global jewellery and watch industry.
Our vision is a responsible world-wide supply chain that promotes trust in the global jewellery and watch industry.
These values guide our decisions and actions:
- We are respectful and fair
- We practice honesty, integrity and accountability
- We engage in open collaboration
What We Do
The RJC Code of Practices (COP) is the global standard for the responsible jewellery and watch industry, focusing on business ethics and responsible supply chains. Our COP covers all the primary minerals and metals used in the manufacture of jewellery: gold, silver, platinum group metals, diamonds and coloured gemstones. Our robust certification process is independently audited and ISEAL accredited, upholding the highest standards.
Supply chains are often complex, multi-tiered and interconnected. We take an integrated approach to responsibility, recognising it as an ongoing journey of transformation. As an organisation, we too must evolve to succeed in the decade ahead.
We are transforming the way we work to be more efficient, strengthening our relationship with members and serving them better.
We are a platform for catalysing change through the supply chains of our members, and provide a forum for sharing perspectives, exchanging ideas and finding solutions to shared challenges. Through the implementation of the COP, we work to ensure that responsibility standards are upheld right across the global jewellery supply chain. Our objective is to work in partnership to ensure our industry’s standards are maintained, and to help create a responsible and sustainable, world-wide jewellery supply chain.
We also have an important role to play as the voice for the industry on its most critical Environmental, Social and Government (ESG) issues, helping to accelerate collective progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
How We Support Our Members
- Demonstrate leadership in consumer confidence issues, showcase best practice and gain competitive advantage
- Increase confidence of customers that the jewellery they are buying is responsibly produced
- Create connections to a like-minded community, including wholesalers and retailers through stronger commercial relationships facilitated by through certification
- Provide access to current information and resources on emerging issues, industry challenges, educational materials and regulatory framework