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Open letter to Stakeholders: Kimberley Process Plenary 2019

Dear Stakeholders,

The Kimberley Process Plenary meets in New Delhi, India, next week to discuss vital reform proposals. The Responsible Jewellery Council believes that all sectors of the diamond supply chain must ensure responsible supply chains, respecting international conventions on human rights for all participants.

The strengthening of the Kimberley Process definition of “conflict diamonds” is critical, and we urge all stakeholders to support the proposals being put forth by the World Diamond Council (WDC).

“This is our call to action. Trust and transparency are the new equity, and we encourage everyone to leverage the open-source RJC Code of Practices, RJC member or not, in order to protect your business and its role in the global supply chain,” said Iris Van der Veken, Executive Director of the Responsible Jewellery Council.

The importance of KP reform was echoed by David Bouffard, Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council: “There is nothing more important that ensuring consumer confidence in the diamond jewelry we all sell. We need a KP definition that meets and exceeds consumer expectations, not one that only meets minimum requirements. We therefore applaud and fully support the leadership of the WDC for driving reform efforts on behalf of industry. You can count on the RJC to be right at your side.”


Iris Van der Veken
Executive Director
Responsible Jewellery Council

Further Information

Marketing & Communications Team
Responsible Jewellery Council
+44 207 321 0992 ext. 206

About Responsible Jewellery Council

Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is the leading standards organisation of the global jewellery and watch industry. It has over 1,800 member companies in 71 countries, that span the jewellery supply chain from mine to retail. RJC Members commit to and are independently audited against the RJC Code of Practices – an international standard on responsible business practices for diamonds, coloured gemstones, silver, gold and platinum group metals.

RJC is ISEAL Code Compliant. Our system has been independently evaluated against ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice – a globally recognised framework for effective, credible sustainability systems. More information at isealalliance.org. is also a member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) since 2009.

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