Advancing Net Zero in the Watch and Jewellery Industry

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We’re seeking a credible research consultant to assess the greenhouse gas emissions of the watch and jewellery industry through an analytical methodology that can capture supply chain emissions from mine to retail 

The research will identify the GHG emissions involved at each stage of production (in accordance with GHG Protocol classifications), plus an analysis of data availability, collection, and reporting at each stage of the process. This analysis will offer unique insights into the climate impacts of the sector.

Whilst previous climate research has focused on specific materials or segments of the supply chain, the intention for this research is to provide a comprehensive and holistic analysis of the sectors’ impacts, building upon existing resources. Our ethos when developing new tools for the trade is to harmonise with existing methodologies to simplify the process for RJC members. We are keen to connect and work with others who have already created resources in this field (refer to ‘Key Resources’).

We also seek to understand the key barriers to the efficient implementation of net zero targets and actions so that we can support our members (particularly for SMEs) through a targeted approach and practical guidance. Our objective is to help our members understand their impacts and reporting obligations as well as encourage close collaboration between upstream-downstream supplier.

background and context

In 2023, we hosted a State of the Art Jewellery Summit which covered responsibility in watches and jewellery from all angles. Climate change and GHG emissions emerged as the biggest issues facing the industry today, directly or indirectly impacting almost every stage of the supply chain

The watch and jewellery industry is a complex global supply chain accounting for a variety of business sizes as well as a broad geographic scope. One company’s Scope 1 emissions will be another company’s Scope 3 emissions. We must highlight the role that each supply chain actor can play in reducing GHG emissions. SMEs make up the majority of RJC’s membership and are therefore critical to the success of this project. 

This project will be partially funded by the ISEAL Innovations Fund. ISEAL is the global membership association for credible sustainability standards. Through their work, they explore ways to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of sustainability standards and identify opportunities for innovation. 

Outside of ISEAL’s requirements, we recognise that the topic of climate action is of global importance as well as being a priority SDG for the watch and jewellery industry

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The project will run from June to December 2024. Monthly timelines can be modified depending on the methodology identified by the selected research consultant.

project governance

RJC is the entity commissioning this research. RJC will be responsible for contracting the research team, monitoring progress, approving deliverables, and making payments upon satisfactory receipt of deliverables.


The budget for the project is to be discussed and payment will be made upon completion and approval of the work by the RJC based on satisfactorily meeting the terms within this document. Approval will not be unreasonably withheld.


A non-disclosure agreement is required to cover any confidential information shared by RJC and its members with the researcher.


Any questions about the research and application process should be directed to