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This is the decade of delivery for getting our climate on track and making progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We thank all our members. We must continue to challenge ourselves to do better. We invite you to join us on this journey.

Iris Van der Veken, RJC Executive Director Tweet

Diamonds are symbols of our most precious emotions, so it’s vital that the industry operates to standards that are worthy of those emotions. As this report highlights, the RJC has made great progress since its launch fifteen years ago in shaping, communicating and upholding standards throughout the diamond supply chain, and we at De Beers Group are proud to be one of its founding members.

Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group Tweet

Jewellery is a special product, often representing emotional moments in life. Jewellery must be worthy of the trust implicit in every heart. And so the RJC was created, promising a set of principles for all companies in the industry – big and small – across the world. That objective the RJC has achieved, with the extraordinary and often thankless efforts of hundreds of dedicated people over the past fifteen years. It is an achievement of which we should be immensely proud.

Dr Mathew Runci, RJC Founding Chairman (2005-2012) Tweet

RJC is setting objective and controllable standards for corporate commercial and social responsibility. Protecting human rights is essential for our values and fitting for our family business.

Lita, Mike and Edward Asscher, Royal Asscher Diamond Company, a family business since 1854 in Amsterdam Tweet

I wholeheartedly congratulate the RJC on its 15th anniversary of impactful work on establishing responsible business practices in the global jewellery supply chain. ALROSA strongly believes in the RJC’s mission that promotes sustainability and ESG standards, positively contributing to our industry.

Recent years have brought unprecedented changes to the jewellery market, with COVID-19 pandemic being an existential challenge for many RJC members. Nevertheless, disruptive times only reconfirm our aspiration towards responsibility and operational excellence. Sustainability for our businesses is not a bargaining chip, on the contrary – it’s our long-term investment that helps overcome downturns with pride and dignity, emerge ever stronger and secure a better future together with our employees, business partners and communities.

Sergey Ivanov, ALROSA Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Executive Committee Tweet

The RJC is so inclusive of the whole jewellery and watch industry, which is the essence of its success. I am really honoured to be a part of this RJC journey.

Debbie Azar, President of Gemological Science International Tweet

In moments of hardship that affect communities and businesses around the world, we need to work together, support each other, and focus on building the common path towards a sustainable recovery. In this context, the Diamond Producers Association joined forces with the Responsible Jewellery Council and many jewelry organisations to form the Jeweler Support Network in the United States and in the United Kingdom to provide assistance to local jewellery stores and retailers, many of which are family-owned for generations and who are particularly vulnerable during this crisis.

David Kellie, CEO Diamond Producers Association Tweet

As a Founding Member of the RJC, Signet believes in the critical importance of responsible sourcing for the jewelry industry, now and in the future. The RJC represents the global standard for our industry, created through the collaboration and commitment of our industry colleagues. At Signet, we require RJC membership by our suppliers, which we believe protects the integrity of the supply chain, the rights and needs of all stakeholders involved, and meets the expectations of our customers.

Virginia C. Drosos, Signet Jewelers CEO Tweet

The Plumb Clubs’ Vision Statement defines our Association as “a responsible supply side organization recognized for leadership, adding value, and positively impacting the jewelry industry.” Joining the Responsible Jewelry Council as an Association Member, and requiring all Plumb Club Members to be Certified RJC Members, serves to enhance our commitment to the Jewelry Retailer and the future of our Industry. Through our relationship with the RJC, we will continue to work jointly towards ensuring transparent and responsible business practices throughout the jewelry and watch supply chain.

Michael Lerche, Plumb Club President Tweet

The RJC have been a valued member of ISEAL for eight years. During that time they have gone a long way to improve the strength and effectiveness of their systems. The tremendous progress they have made in the development of their systems is a recognition of the hard work the RJC have put into building a credible, transparent and effective standards programme, helping to deliver impacts on the most pressing social and environmental challenges across the sector.

Karin Kreider, Executive Director, ISEAL Alliance Tweet

The JVC highly values a vibrant working partnership with RJC. The RJC and JVC share a vision of responsibility and ethics. We are aligned, and along with our members, actually bring to reality a functional and sustainable supply chain. Together, we ensure a thriving future for our industry and world.

Tiffany Stevens, CEO & General Counsel, Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) Tweet

As industries involved in the most precious minerals and metals nature has offered us, we must remain keenly aware of this privilege and responsibilities. We must not only congratulate ourselves for the past accomplishments but even more focus on what we could be doing better.

The RJC is more than ever relevant in demonstrating the impact of ethical practices.

Stephane Fischler, Treasurer, International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) Tweet

Diamonds are the bearers of their beholders’ hopes, dreams and enduring love. For that very reason, we expect diamonds to be responsibly sourced and manufactured. And today, more than ever, it is our collective responsibility to ensure that they directly benefit producing countries. The World Diamond Council was created on that very principle, supporting the Kimberley Process with the System of Warranties. The Responsible Jewellery Council has built upon these foundations, developing sustainable standards necessary for all parts of the industry, achieving a new milestone by aligning itself to the OECD Minerals Guidance. This report is testament to the RJCs remarkable progress over fifteen years.

Elodie Daguzan, Executive Director, World Diamond Council Tweet

Since 2009, Union Française de la Bijouterie, Joaillerie, Orfèvrerie, des Pierres et des Perles (UFBJOP) is a RJC member.

For many years our leading French organization has supported and promoted the ethical initiatives as we strongly believe that all businesses in the Jewellery industry should bring a clear answer to the need of transparency and behave with responsibility towards their social and environmental ecosystem.

In this purpose, as Executive President of UFBJOP, I encouraged our organization’s members to be involved with the RJC‘s Code of Practices. France, as the birthplace of Jewellery, hosts many talented workshops and international brands representing the high know-how of the Jewellery industry around the world. As 'Fleuron de la Joaillerie', they have a far-reaching impact and must prove that their practices are undoubtedly virtuous. Today, the French members represent 10% of the total RJC members.

Bernadette Pinet-Cuoq, Executive President of UFBJOP Tweet

We have seen a further strengthening of the collaborative relationship between CIBJO and RJC, both bilaterally and in respect to the united position we take in the jewellery industry.

Our collective goal is to provide a comprehensive framework for responsible practices, ensuring the integrity and reputation of our products and our people, and protecting the wellbeing of all our stakeholders.

Gaetano Cavalieri, President of World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO Tweet

At Cartier, we believe that our responsibility encompasses not only our own operations and supply chain, but also involves a broader contribution to make an impact in the jewellery industry at large. Based on our unique legacy in the jewellery world, as a proud co-founder of the RJC in 2005 and member of Board and the Standards Committee, we are more than ever committed to be part of the RJC’s global efforts to continuously raise industry standards.

Anouchka Didier-Mansour, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Cartier Tweet

The RJC provides a clear set of standards that are verified through a third-party, independent certification process. The Butterfly Mark certification partners with many other accreditations like the RJC to verify the transparency of brands across the luxury industry, ensuring we meet our promise of making a positive impact on the world. We are thrilled to be working with RJC, their style of leadership is increasingly what we need in today’s world.

Diana Verde Nieto Co-Founder & CEO Positive Luxury Tweet

For Bvlgari, Sustainable Development practices are about balancing social, environmental and economic values into the core strategy and operations of the Company. We strongly believe that uncompromising ethics on sourcing as much as the obsession to leave the smallest carbon footprint in everything we do are our main task. Bvlgari is a byword of excellence. Our clients and stakeholders fully rely on the fact that this dedication to excellence is reflected in extremely high standards of behavioral integrity and business practices. Our long-lasting partnership with the Responsible Jewellery Council reinforces this belief and sets a robust framework for the continuous improvement of the jewellery industry.

Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO, Bvlgari Tweet

I have the privilege of being associated with the RJC since its founding in 2005 and am very proud to continue my connection. The RJC is a critical organisation for the jewellery industry, providing robust, comprehensive and independently assured standards. The RJC is more important today than ever before. This report showcases just how far the RJC has progressed – fulfilling the mandate established by its founders.

Jon Phillips, Chairman, The RJC Assurance Committee Tweet

We are pleased that through its Code of Practices, the RJC has made a strong commitment to implement the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals. Together, they provide a roadmap for companies from all industries to fulfill their potential as responsible and sustainable corporate citizens. The 2030 agenda for sustainable development can only be realized with strong global partnerships and cooperation. Driving SDG impact in the jewellery industry — by sharing knowledge across the value chain from mining to retail—is mission critical.

Lila Karbassi, Chief of Programmes, United Nations Global Compact Tweet

As a founding member Rosy Blue is very proud to see the evolution made in the RJC Code of Practices standard. We applaud the required due diligence for all members -an upgrade in an even more mature framework. This will definitely enhance consumer confidence in our industry.

Raj Mehta, Director of Rosy Blue NV Tweet

Dominion Diamond Mines places a high priority on practicing sustainable and responsible business practices. We are committed to mining in the safest, most environmentally responsible way, and we guarantee that all Canadamark diamonds are mined responsibly in Canada’s Northwest Territories. At Dominion, relationships with stakeholders, including our employees and contractors; Impact Benefit Agreement groups and Northern communities; the governments of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut; and our Northern business partners are of great importance. Dominion is a company that is proud to maintain its commitment to the land, the environment, and the communities where we operate.

Pat Merrin, Interim CEO Dominion Diamond Mines Tweet

I joined the RJC in 2006 to ensure that small businesses were not left behind. I actually found the process way more useful than I ever imagined and it helped me and my business to ‘grow up’. It showed me some things I really needed like procedures and safety guidelines. My little team all worked together to get through it, which helped to empower them too. The RJC team were always there to advise and support along the way.

Harriet Kelsall, Founder and Chair of Harriet Kelsall Jewellery Design Ltd Tweet

IWC Schaffhausen is proud to have been a member of the RJC since 2012, and in 2020 became the first luxury watch brand to achieve certification to the 2019 Code of Practices standard. We opted to be certified to this new standard to demonstrate our strong commitment to responsible business practices – not just in Schaffhausen, but throughout our supply chain. All our suppliers of precious metals and diamonds have the RJC certification, and our Boutique colleagues are pleased to be able to explain the significance of this to our customers.

Christoph Grainger-Herr IWC, CEO Tweet

The due diligence requirements in the COP show a real commitment to the OECD Guidance. The provision and its accompanying guidance provide, for the first time, a comprehensive due diligence approach tailored to the diamonds and coloured gemstones supply chains. I congratulate the RJC for its leadership in reaching this milestone, and encourage all members in the jewellery industry to step up their efforts to ensure these standards are meaningfully implemented as soon as possible.

Tyler Gillard, Manager of Sector Projects, Responsible Business Conduct Unit, OECD Tweet

We at Kama believe that it is more important than ever to embrace sustainability, not just to set an example for others, but also create a long-lasting positive impact on the lives of those affected as well as the greater community in which our business operates. Implementing the RJC Code of Practices is a process of continuous improvement and also allows us to educate our stakeholders and support responsible practices with our vendors.

Colin Shah, Managing Director, Kama Schachter Jewelry Pvt Ltd. Tweet