Sustainable Development Goals

Every business in the jewellery supply chain can contribute to the global agenda

Every business in the jewellery and watch supply chain can contribute to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is the decade of action and delivery. Wherever you are on your sustainability journey, we can support you to integrate responsible business practices into your core strategy.

Our Code of Practices standard is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This provides our members with a solid foundation to continue their journey of transformation in the supply chain. In 2019, the RJC and UN Global Compact became strategic partners with a shared goal to educate and build an action platform on the implementation of the SDGs. Measuring progress will be critical to ensure we are on the right track.

Over the next 10 years with these 17 SDGs that universally apply to all, the RJC is committed to be the catalyst of that transformation, through the implementation of the Code of Practices standard – and the reporting on progress on the implementation of the SDGs. The SDGs can only be realised with strong global partnerships and corporation. Our partnership with the UN Global Compact reflects this vision.

It’s all about driving the RJC into the next phase, with the major focus supporting all our members to be resilient and contribute to the bigger 2030 agenda of the world.

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SDGs Task Force

Establishment of an SDG Task force for the RJC

Board Members reaffirmed the importance of a clear role for integrating the SDG framework in its governance structure, and aligning the Task Force’s activities with the Board’s Strategic Direction. The Task Force will be Co-Chaired by a Business Member Company. The members of the SDG Taskforce will represent a multi-stakeholder platform and will reflect the jewellery value chain. The members of the SDG Taskforce should commit to voluntarily reporting on how they are progressing implementation of the SDGs.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

17 Goals for People, for Planet

The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The 17 Goals were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the Goals.

Today, progress is being made in many places, but, overall, action to meet the Goals is not yet advancing at the speed or scale required. 2020 needs to usher in a decade of ambitious action to deliver the Goals by 2030.

SDG Report 2019

Since its inception in 2015, the 2030 Agenda has provided a blueprint for shared prosperity in a sustainable world—a world where all people can live productive, vibrant and peaceful lives on a healthy planet. The year 2030 is just over a decade away, and we must ask ourselves if our actions today are laying the right foundation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019 provides evidence-based insights to answer this question.

UN SDGs / Global Goals

Leave no one behind

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The 17 Goals are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve them all by 2030.