RJC At a Glance
Created to lead change and build trust
Founded in 2005, we are the world’s leading standard setting organisation for the jewellery and watch industry. We promote standards that underpin people’s trust in the worldwide jewellery and watch supply chain.
United by a shared belief that responsible business is good business, we are working together to create a globally sustainable future for our industry.
The 2030 Agenda demands effective collaborations between our members and partners in order to achieve the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Transformative partnerships present the only way forward in terms of finding integrated and innovative solutions to the industry’s current and future challenges.
Over the next decade, we will be increasing our efforts to expand our membership throughout the value chain.
We have a huge opportunity as an industry to work closely together for achieving a better future for all. At the heart of the 2030 agenda are the 17 SDGs which clearly define the world we want – and leaving no one behind. Fulfilling these ambitions will take an unprecedented effort by all the players in the jewellery and watch industry. We are here to support you on this amazing journey ahead.
Mission, Vision, Values
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
Who We Are
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is the world’s leading standard-setting organisation for the jewellery and watch industry. It was founded in 2005 by 14 member organisations, ABN AMRO, BHP Billiton Diamonds, Cartier, World Jewellery Confederation, Diamond Trading Company (part of De Beers), Diarough, Jewelers of America, National Association of Goldsmiths (UK), Newmont Mining, Rio Tinto, Rosy Blue, Signet Group, Tiffany & Co., and Zale Corporation.
Jewellery plays a special role in people’s lives, carrying personal and emotional significance. We are a member organization, bringing together companies of all shapes and sizes, from right across the global jewellery supply chain.
What unites us is our shared belief that responsible business is good business, without causing harm to people or the planet. This is a process of continuous improvement. And our belief that this can only be achieved by working together, and in partnership with others. In doing so, we are enhancing trust in the global jewellery industry and underpinning its future, so people continue to hold jewellery close to their hearts for centuries to come. We stand up for integrity, through our work. Integrity through our supply chains, in our work, and of our membership.
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