RJC Commercial Member

 

Why join?Who can join RJC?What do we need to commit to?How do we apply?

RJC membership gives you access to our unique certification programme, which differentiates your company, delivers value and advances your business interests by helping you to:

Gain a competitive edge with opportunities to build stronger commercial relationships and gain access to preferred customers and suppliers.
Demonstrate due diligence and protect your reputation with an increasing number of consumers globally now buying and boycotting brands based on belief, RJC certification acts as a demonstration of due diligence to suppliers, partners, investors and shop-floor customers.
Access complimentary training and support to improve your business practices and internal management systems to ensure a sustainable future for your company.
Get noticed with an exclusive profile page on our website, a unique certified member logo and a certificate for use on your company’s media (online and offline), you can raise your profile as a responsible business.
Make an impact through supporting a global vision for a more responsible world-wide supply chain that promotes trust in the global fine jewellery and watch industry; participating in RJC governance and joining other like-minded professionals as we influence and drive positive change globally.

To see the benefits of RJC Certification please click here.

You can join RJC as a Commercial Member if you:

  • Are actively involved for commercial reasons in the diamond, coloured gemstones (rubies, sapphires and emeralds) gold, silver and/or platinum group metals jewellery and watch supply chain; and
  • Are exempt from the role of consultant, advisor, third party auditor or any other similar entity; and
  • Commit to the prevailing Principles and Code of Practices on business ethics, social performance, human rights and environmental performance adopted by the Responsible Jewellery Council; and
  • Pay an annual commercial membership fee; and
  • Submit a complete and accurate application form.

RJC Member Commitments

  • Support the Mission of the Council: “To advance responsible ethical, social and environmental practices, which respect human rights, throughout the diamond, coloured gemstones (rubies, sapphires and emeralds) gold, silver and/or platinum group metals jewellery and watch supply chain, from mine to retail.”
  • Commit to achieve RJC Certification within two years of joining the Council;
  • Promote responsible business practices in the diamond, coloured gemstones (rubies, sapphires and emeralds) gold, silver and/or platinum group metals jewellery and watch supply chain;
  • Operate their business in accordance with the prevailing Principles and Code of Practices on business ethics, social, human rights and environmental practices adopted by the Council;
  • Implement continuous improvement processes to achieve increased performance and higher standards;
  • Comply with the Anti-Trust Policy and Rules adopted by the Council in its dealings with the Council and other members;
  • Comply with rules laid down by the Council as to the use of its logo and intellectual property

How to Apply

Joining is straightforward, simply follow these steps:

1. Download the Application Guidance Document to read through all the eligibility criteria and about the important information we will require from you

2. Download the Application Form and Membership Agreement

3. Complete the form and email it to applications@responsiblejewellery.com

4. The application form is reviewed

5. You will be contacted by the RJC Membership Services Coordinator who will explain the next steps

If you have any questions on the application process please email applications@responsiblejewellery.com

 

How much does Membership Cost?

Annual Membership Fee Rates are in the table below, and are scaled to the size of the business.  There is a minimum fee for smaller businesses, and a maximum fee for larger businesses.  These fees are designed to be cost-effective for access to a comprehensive and tailored CSR platform for the jewellery supply chain.

Membership fees do not include the cost of the independent, third party auditing that is required to achieve Certification.

Membership Category

Annual Membership Fee Rates

  • Diamonds, coloured gemstones and precious metals miner; or
  • Jewellery and watch retailer;
0.006% of Annual Relevant Sales* (ARS) The above percentage translates to $60.00 per million dollars of Annual Relevant Sales.
  • Precious metals trader, refiner and/or hedger;
  • Diamonds and coloured gemstones trader, cutter and/or polisher;
  • Jewellery and watch manufacturer and/or wholesaler;
  • Service industry e.g. gem laboratories, logistic companies.
0.004% of Annual Relevant Sales* (ARS) The above percentage translates to $40.00 per million dollars of Annual Relevant Sales.
  • Minimum fee applies: £500 GBP or $790 USD
  • Maximum fee applies: £63,750 GBP or $102,000 USD
  • *Annual Relevant Sales (ARS) is defined as the total sales derived from those parts of the applicant’s business that are directly involved in the diamond, coloured gemstones (rubies, sapphires and emeralds), gold, silver and/or platinum group metals jewellery and watch supply chain, for the financial year immediately preceding the date of the application or renewal date.
  • **For members in the precious metals, refiner, trader and hedger category, the ARS is defined as the total net income received from the refining of precious metals i.e. the refining/handling fees charged for the refining of precious metals that are sold and directly involved in the diamond, coloured gemstones, gold, silver and/or platinum group metals jewellery supply chain.
  • Please refer to the Commercial Membership Application Guidance for further details.

 

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