Recent Events


Presentations from recent RJC events are available below.


11 November 2014 – LBMA-RJC Responsible Gold Forum in Lima, Peru



For the second year, LBMA and RJC hostied a Responsible Gold Forum on responsible sourcing in Lima, Peru. The event took place at the Westin Lima Hotel and Convention Centre and was organised around the LBMA Precious Metals Conference.  RJC’s Standards Coordinator, Marieke van der Mijn represented the RJC during the Forum.


Theme: Through the Mine to Retail Pipeline

10.30am to 1.30pm: Pre- meeting informal session:

Introductory session on responsible gold sourcing programmes

Welcome: Sakhila Mirza, LBMA and Marieke van der Mijn, RJC

Trying to navigate the acronym jungle? Like to know more about standards, certification programs, and implementation initiatives for responsible gold sourcing? Representatives from the following initiatives will provide brief presentations and answer questions about their programmes:

Chair and Facilitator: Tyler Gillard, OECD

  • Sakhila Mirza, London Bullion Market Association (LBMA)
  • Marieke van der Mijn Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)
  • Jennifer Horning, Solidaridad
  • Thomas Hentschel Swiss Better Gold Initiative
  • Cristina Echavarria, Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM)
  •  Guido Battaglia, World Gold Council (WGC)

11.15 – 12.00:  Coffee Break (45 minutes)

12.00 – 1.00pm :  Q&A and one-to-one follow-up.


LUNCH: 1.30-2.30pm


2.30-3.30pm Mining: building a business case for responsible practices

Key questions: Is there a business case yet for miners participating in due diligence and certification programs? What have been the challenges of encouraging uptake? What are the desired impacts, and what evidence do we have so far?

Chair: Javier Velarde, Vice President, Newmont 

• Pavell Galvez Orozco, General Manager – Minera Yanaquihua S.A.C – View Presentation Slides
• Cristina Echavarria, Executive Board Member – Alliance for Responsible Mining – View Presentation Slides
• Thomas Hentschel, Swiss Better Gold Initiative – View Presentation Slides
• Guido Battaglia, Director, Gold for Development – World Gold Council – View Presentation Slides 

3.30-4.30pm Refining: the challenges of being a ‘choke point’

Key questions: Audits of gold refiner due diligence now cover approximately 85-90% of the gold market. What are the challenges of being a responsible refiner and staying engaged with ‘high-risk’ areas? What are the limitations of refiner leverage with their suppliers?

Chair: Tyler Gillard, OECD


4.30-5.15 Downstream

Key questions: What are the key drivers of downstream engagement with responsible sourcing? How significant is the role of regulation? To what extent are downstream markets and consumers engaged?

Chair: Thomas Hentschel, Swiss Better Gold Initiative 

• Marieke van der Mijn, Standards Coordinator – Responsible Jewellery Council – View Presentation Slides
• Jennifer Horning, International Programme Coordinator – Solidaridad – View Presentation Slides
• Mathieu Lamolle, Market Analyst – International Trade Centre (ITC)/Standards map – View Presentation Slides

5.15 Close of Forum – Ruth Crowell, LBMA


RJC at the International Jewellery London (IJL)


The Management team  was present at IJL from 31 August to 2 September.  RJC  also chaired a session on Responsible Sourcing on Tuesday 2 September in the Inspiration Theatre.

The session was entitled “Responsible Sourcing: How the new RJC Code of Practices and key industry initiatives support a responsible supply chain” and conjured leading speakers spanning the jewellery supply chain from mine to retail, that  spoke on current efforts and challenges  in the jewellery supply chain.

The panel:

Opening remarks

Gaetano Cavalieri, President, The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO)


James Courage, Chairman RJC and Chief Executive, Platinum Guild International

Panel Introduction and Moderator

Catherine Sproule, Chief Executive Officer, Interim, RJC

•Maria Mursell, Training Coordinator, Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)
How Members’ Certification journey translates to a key understanding of human rights issues and provenance claims in the jewellery supply chain

•Assheton Stewart Carter, Senior Sustainability Advisor, Goldlake Group – a RJC Member
How the RJC COP supports a responsible industry from a mining and precious metal group’s perspective

•Estelle Levin, Director, Estelle Levin Ltd (Development Consultancy)
The role of artisanal and small-scale mining in the supply chain

•Michael Rawlinson, Chief Executive Officer, The National Association of Goldsmiths (N.A.G.) – a RJC Trade Association Member
How retailers can capitalise on Certification

•Marylyn Carrigan, Professor of Marketing, Coventry University and Co-Director of The Centre for Trust and Ethical Behaviour (CETEB)
Best practice advice for small businesses in the UK

•Philip Olden, Consultant to Signet Jewelers Ltd – a RJC Founding Member
The impact the retail sector can have on responsible business practices through the jewellery supply chain

Please click here for a copy of the slides.

19 July 2014 – RJC at the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS) 2014



Photo courtesy: GJEPC and GSI. Catherine Sproule, Interim CEO, RJC; Fiona Solomon, Director – Standards Development, RJC

Organised by the GJEPC and sponsored by Gemological Science International (GSI), RJC is proud to have been  part of the four-day education series that hosted an impressive line-up of industry experts.


Dr Fiona Solomon, RJC Director – Standards Development, presented on international legislation and due diligence frameworks being applied to the gold supply chain.


Gold jewellery suppliers in India that export to the US and European Union markets are increasingly affected by current and emerging regulations in the EU and the US Dodd Frank Act. The participants learnt how local manufacturers can proactively manage these issues and the range of international, industry and company programs in place that can help.


The four day seminar series entitled “Innovate to Grow”  also covered the following topics:

•Train to Gain (skill development)
•Synthetic Diamonds Identification
•Leverage your experience in Chinese Market
•Chain Stores: Opportunities, Perceptions and Fears
•Different Facets of Family Business
•Opportunities in the Middle East Market
•The Secrets of Good Retailing
•Gold – Conflict Minerals Legislation and what it means in India
•Translating trends into Contemporary Designs
•Dimensions in Finance and Marketing
•Exotic world of Design, Colors & Trends
•Youth: Mindset, System & Management
•E-commerce & Social Media: The New Age of Retailing

Knowledge partner Rio Tinto.

21  June 2014 –  RJC at the Sustainable Pearls Forum , Hong Kong Jewelry & Gem Fair

Dr. Fiona Solomon, Director – Standards Development, discussed the potential of certification in the jewellery industry during the June Hong Kong Jewelry & Gem Fair, at the Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong.

The Sustainable Pearls Forum focused on the characteristics of the developing a successful pearl industry, and was well attended by world leading pearl producers and pearl jewellery retailers.

The list of speakers and slides for the forum can be found on the organizer’s website here


30 May 2014 –  RJC Session at JCK Las Vegas on “Responsible Sourcing: How the new RJC Code of Practices and key industry initiatives support a responsible supply chain”

RJC at JCK Las Vegas 2014

 Photo courtesy: MJSA

 A panel of industry experts discused  responsible sourcing and the latest activities in supply chain due diligence, provenance claims, and harmonisation across initiatives, conflict minerals and headline issues like synthetic diamonds.

The panel:


James Courage, Chairman RJC and Chief Executive, Platinum Guild International


Catherine Sproule, Chief Executive Officer, Interim, RJC


  • Fiona Solomon, Director-Standards Development, RJC
  • Larry Drummond, President & Corporate Area Vice President Americas, Metalor Technologies USA Corporation
  • Mark Hanna, Chief Marketing Officer, Richline Group, Inc.
  • David Bouffard, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Signet Jewelers Ltd
  • Jerry Ehrenwald, President and CEO, International Gemological Institute

View speakers’ biographies  here.

For a copy of the slides for the session please click here.

The session was open to all JCK attendees, exhibitors and trade press.

JCK Las Vegas supports RJC


27 March 2014 – RJC Session at Baselworld, Room Singapore, Basel Congress Center

RJC held a panel discussion with leading speakers of responsible sourcing. The attendees were  updated on the latest activities in:

• Responsible sourcing from mine to market
• Supply chain due diligence
• Making claims about the provenance of jewellery materials
• Collaborations and harmonisation across standards and initiatives
• Conflict minerals and synthetic diamonds


  • James Courage, RJC Chairman and PGI Chief Executive Officer
  • Catherine Sproule, Chief Executive Officer, Interim, RJC
  • Fiona Solomon, Director – Standards Development, RJC
  • Hans-Peter Egler, Head of Trade Promotion, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs,SECO, Switzerland
  • Nawal Ait-Hocine, Corporate Responsibility Director, Cartier
  • Philip Olden, Consultant to Signet Jewelers Ltd
  • Feriel Zerouki, Best Practice Principles Manager, De Beers Group
  • Stephen Morisseau, Public Relations Director, GIA

For a copy of the slides please click here.

7 March 2014 – RJC Session at HKIJS, HKCEC, Room S426-427




 From left to right: David Bouffard, Signet Jewellers; Charles Chaussepied, Piaget; Catherine Sproule, RJC; James Courage, PGI and RJC, Benedict Sin, HKJJMA


 From left to right: David Bouffard, Signet Jewellers; Charles Chaussepied, Piaget; Catherine Sproule, RJC; James Courage, PGI and RJC


 From left to right: David Bouffard, Signet Jewellers; Charles Chaussepied, Piaget

Photo courtesy: HKTDC

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) held an afternoon reception featuring presentations from two of its major member companies.


  • Benedict Sin, HKJJA Chairman


  • James Courage,RJC Chairman and PGI Chief Executive Officer


  • Catherine Sproule, RJC Chief Executive Officer, Interim
  • Charles Chaussepied, Piaget Director of Corporate Affairs and Richemont CSR Committee member
  • David Bouffard, Signet Jewelers Ltd Vice President, Corporate Affairs

The attendees learnt how responsible sourcing practices build customer loyalty, shareholder value and strengthen a business in domestic and export markets.
The speakers discussed the impact the US and EU legislations on Hong Kong and Chinese exporters and how to ensure compliance.

To download a copy of the slides please click here.


11 and 13 February 2014 – RJC Outreach Seminars – Mumbai and Surat


Photo credits: RJC

RJC warmly invited Industry Representatives to an RJC India Outreach Seminar in February 2014.

Two sessions were held in Mumbai and Surat.

The aim of these seminars was to brief participants on RJC’s outreach plans, call for interest in a new RJC-India working group that will be a key liaison forum on market issues and activities, update on the RJC’s 2013 Code of Practices and harmonisation with parallel programs, and share experiences of RJC Certification.

For a copy of the slides click here.

For a summary of the key points in Gujarati click here.


23 January 2014, Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH)


Photo Credits: RJC

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) organised a briefing with Industry Representatives at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva. French and English speakers from the RJC and its Members focused on:

  • Latest updates from RJC on growth in Membership and certifications
  • RJC’s new Code of Practices, launched in November 2013
  • Responsible sourcing initiatives in gold and precious stones, and RJC’s and Member involvement


20 January 2014, Vicenza, Italy – “Conflict mineral legislation in the Europe and the United States: How it impacts on both the domestic and export jewellery business”




Photo Credits: Fiera di Vicenza

From left to right: Matteo Marzotto –  Fiera di Vicenza, Marieke van der Mijn – RJC, Michael Allchin -BAO, Philip Olden – Signet, Marco Falezza- Gucci, Simon Brooke – FT, Corrado Facco – Fiera di Vicenza, Gaetano Cavalieri – CIBJO


Marieke van der Mijn – RJC Standards Coordinator

Photo Credits: Fiera di Vicenza

The seminar was organised by Fiera di Vicenza, the Responsible Jewellery Council, CIBJO – the World Jewellery Confederation, and Confindustria Federorafi.

The seminar in Vicenza included a blue-ribbon panel  presented by Corrado Facco, Managing Director of Fiera di Vicenza, and Gaetano Cavalieri, President of CIBJO. The panelists were Marieke van der Mijn, Standards Coordinator at the Responsible Jewellery Council; Michael Allchin, Chief Executive and Assay Master at the Birmingham Assay Office and the President of the CIBJO Precious Metals Commission;  Philip Olden, who is responsible for managing the development and implementation of responsible sourcing protocols for gold at Signet, the world’s largest specialty jewellery retailer; Maria Benedetta Francesconi of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, and a representative of Confindustria Federorafi.

According to the conflict mineral rules contained in Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act, publicly-traded companies in the United States, including major jewellery retailers, will for the first time, in 2014, have to file a report with the Security Exchange Commission, tracing their supply chain. Using a nationally or internationally recognized due diligence standard, companies will need to determine whether their supply chain includes gold sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighbouring countries.

Another legislative proposal on conflict minerals is being developed in the European Union and is being led by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade. It is expected to build on existing efforts and guidelines like the OECD Due Diligence Guidance and the U.S. conflict minerals legislation. It is forecast that a formal regulatory proposal will be brought for consideration before the college of EU commissioners early in 2014.

For a copy of the slides click here.


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