Recent Webinars

RJC Webinar – Profits & Progress: Why Equality is Good for Business:


1st November 2018


The RJC, in partnership with the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), is proud to make available a webinar on the long term benefits of incorporating gender equality in to your business.


We had lively discussions with our expert speakers Bernadette Mack (Executive Director, WJA), Tiffany Stevens (President & CEO, JVC) and Aditi Mohapatra (Director, Women’s Empowerment at BSR) who pointed out that equality was not just a women issue but a human, business and legal issue. They:
  • Discussed the benefits of putting a greater focus on gender equality in business such as increased staff and talent retention; enhanced job satisfaction; enhanced innovation through diverse perspectives and strengthening CSR performance by recognising the needs of different stakeholder groups
  • Outlined that any discrimination including unequal pay for equal work is in fact illegal – we shouldn’t under-emphasise the legal compliance aspect of equality
  • Explored examples of what some RJC members are working on to ensure gender equality
  • Discussed the need for male champions – this isn’t just a ‘women’s issue’ and needs everyone to be involved
  • Discussed the need to empower women into management and board positions – through upskilling on key areas such as financial literacy, public speaking and negotiation skills
  • Gave examples of tools that are available to support companies who want to start their efforts (available in the links below) and the opportunity to learn from each other to see improvements.
What steps can you take for change?
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Links for further reading:

RJC Webinar – The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

RJC is very excited to present our two part webinar series introducing and explaining the Sustainable Development Goals!

The purpose and aims of the SDGS (part one):

Peter Wollaert from CIFAL Flanders, and fellow of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), expertly explained what the SDGs are, covering their history and context. Peter’s presentation is a must-see, giving a thorough grounding in the SDGs, how they’re structured and link together.

Karla Basselier from the Antwep World Diamond Centre (AWDC), introduced the impact that specifically the diamond supply chain has on the SDGs, and helped attendees begin to explore what the SDGs can mean for RJC members. This will be more thoroughly explored in part two (details above).

Questionnaire from AWDC on SDG impact for RJC members:
Listen to part one here:

Download the slides presented, here.

SDGs in practice (part two):

Part two, held on Thursday 15th March featured Peter and Karla from part one, as well as Marie D’Huart from RJC member My Fair Diamond (CAP Source), relaying their experience of developing a unique business with impact and responsibility at the heart of its operations. We also heard from Mark Hanna from Richline who gave us insight into the work that Richline has been doing on a number of different SDG areas, and in particular the hard work that went into the ‘temperature check’ or impact assessment, at the start of any companies SDG journey.
We drew parallels with preparing for the Code of Practices (COP) audit and getting compliant with that.
Download the slides presented, here.

Links for further reading:

Download the SDG Compass Guide

GRI & the UN SDGs website

Have any feedback on the webinar? Please complete our feedback form, here.


RJC Webinar – Talking Sustainability: How to turn your CSR actions into effective stories


RJC’s Manager of Member and Stakeholder Training, Maria Mursell spoke with Carina Schlesing, jewellery and compliance expert, on how RJC members can talk about sustainability to customers (B2B and B2C), focusing on their RJC certification.

Understanding that while the millennial consumer may not ask in store about sustainability, they increasingly expect the industry to be responsible. As such, the webinar underlined why it’s important for the industry, led by the RJC, to encourage companies to be responsible – and what better way to do that than by becoming certified to RJC’s standards. Demonstrating and communicating on responsible business practices isn’t a concern for retailers alone, but an opportunity for the whole supply chain to build confidence in the industry.

Carina explored the best approaches to communicate CSR and sustainability efforts:

  • focusing on making it personal to your business,
  • basing it on certification to grow trust, and
  • drawing from experience – specifically highlighting the changes you made as a company to create positive impacts on key areas like your people, your profits and the environment – can create great stories.

Listen to the webinar here:

Download the slides presented, here: Talking Sustainability

Have any feedback on the webinar? Please complete our feedback form, here.

RJC Webinar – Why RJC matters to your business!

6th July 2017

Want to know more about how certification can improve your business?
Want to get some tips from members on how you can achieve certification?
Need some help getting started?

RJC warmly invites you listen to our recorded webinar, to explore some of the benefits of RJC certification and how this can greatly contribute to the corporate social responsibility efforts of your business, no matter how big or small! You will also hear from existing RJC members and how they have implemented the requirements of the Code of Practices (COP) to ultimately achieve RJC certification.

Our valued members speaking on the panel are:

  • David Lewis, Managing Director of Maker Mends (RJC member since 2011);
  • Himesh Pala, Managing Director of Pala Diamond Company Ltd (RJC member since 2011) and
  • Saul Rubins, Policy and Compliance Manager at Berker Bros Ltd (RJC member since 2009 and member of the RJC Board of Directors).

Please download slides from the webinar here: RJC Webinar : Why RJC matters to your business!

Please view a recording of the webinar here:

If you have any questions or feedback on the webinar, please email: 


RJC Webinar – Undisclosed Laboratory-Grown Diamonds,

16 November 2016
sdwFour panellists from across the diamond value chain, participated in a webinar with Anne-Marie Fleury, RJC Director of Standards and Impacts, to offer their expertise and viewpoints on the subject. The industry is working hard collectively to mitigate the risks of undisclosed laboratory-grown diamonds, and the webinar explored some of the foremost protocols and standards developed to do this, as well as the technology available to facilitate detection.

Featured panellists:

  • Purvi Shah, De Beers Group of Companies
  • Didier Backaert, Bonas & Co
  • John Hall, Director of Sustainable & Responsible Solutions (SRS) and Consultant for Signet Jewelers
  • David Weinstein, International Gemological Institute (IGI)

Please download slides from the webinar here: Undisclosed laboratory-grown diamond webinar November 2016

Please view a recording of the webinar here:

If you have any questions or feedback on the webinar, please email: 

RJC Human Rights Exchange Webinar – Security and Human Rights, 19 March 2015

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RJC Human Rights Exchange held  an online webinar session discussion on Security and Human Rights on 19 March 2015.

The webinar was presented by Adrian Powell and Mark Knight, both RJC Accredited Topic Experts. Adrian is Chief of Staff at Tsamota Ltd. and a qualified lawyer with over ten years of overseas international law and eleven years serving with the Royal Military Police including multiple international postings. Mark is Director at Montreux Solutions and an expert on the security-industry codes for the ethical and responsible provision of private security including the International Code of Conduct for Private Security and Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. To find out more about Adrian and Mark and RJC Topic Experts, please see

Please download slides from the training here: RJC HRE Security and Human Rights Webinar 19March2015

Please view a recording of the training here:

RJC Training – on Gender, 18 February 2015

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RJC held  an online training session on ‘Gender.’ on 18 February 2015.

The training was designed to help Members and other stakeholders consider the importance of Gender within a Human Rights Risk Assessment context.

The training was delivered by Jane Gronow, an Accredited RJC Topic Expert with a background in International Human Rights and Community Relations. To find out more about Jane and RJC Topic Experts please see

Please download slides from the training here: RJC Gender Training Slides

Please view a recording of the training here:

Additional reading material:

25 November 2014 – Human Rights Exchange Webinar

RJC Webinar Logo - Human Rights ExchangeRJC held  an online training session on ‘Executing Human Rights Due Diligence in jewellery business relationships – down and upstream.’ on 25 November 2014.

The training was designed to help Members carry out Human Rights Due Diligence and offer a look at the challenges of addressing Human Rights in business relationships.

The training was delivered by Sandra Atler, an Accredited RJC Topic Expert with a background in International Human Rights. To find out more about Sandra and RJC Topic Experts please see

Please download slides from the training here: RJC Human Rights Exchange Training 25 Nov Slides

Please view a recording of the training here:

RJC’s Human Rights Exchange Webinar  – Practical Steps to address Human Rights in the Jewellery Supply Chain


Monday, 15 September 2014

The RJC’s Human Rights Exchange hosted its  first webinar focused on human rights in the jewellery supply chain. The Human Rights Exchange is a  forum for Members, auditors and other stakeholders to discuss, examine and tackle Human Rights issues within the jewellery industry.

Panellists included Sandra Atler (Human Rights expert), Claus Teilmann Petersen (Pandora) and Philip Hunter (Verite).

For a copy of the slides click here and a recording of the webinar is below:

For any information on the webinar, to get on the Human Rights Exchange mailing list, or for any other enquiries, please email


UN Global Compact Webinar  – A Guide to Traceability: A Practical Approach to Advance Sustainability in Global Supply Chains: Minerals & Diamonds

UN-Global-Compact-LogoWednesday, 10 September 2014

The Responsible Jewellery Council’s Standards Director, Fiona Solomon, was a panelist on the UN Global Compact’s webinar series on Traceability in Global Supply Chains. The webinars  aim to identify common challenges and solutions to tracing materials through complex global supply chains, painting a global picture of best practice and providing a comprehensive view of key initiatives.

The webinar  also  explored the objectives and challenges unique to the mineral and diamond industry supply chain.

For a copy of the seminar slides please click here.

For a recording of the seminar please see the UN Global Compact website.

RJC  Code of Practices Review Webinar – Overview for Final Comment Period

RJC invited all interested stakeholders to hear about the proposed changes to the Code of Practices and get involved in the consultation process.

Reflecting the input from two previous rounds of stakeholder consultation, the final draft of the Code of Practices aims to address jewellery supply chain risks and promote best practices from mine to retail.

Presenter:  Fiona Solomon, RJC Director – Standards Development

Webinar Dates:

  • Monday, 1 July, 2013, 4-5 pm EDT 

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  • Wednesday, 3 July, 2013, 12-1 pm BST

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For a copy of the Presentation click here

ISEAL Public Webinar –  The Role of Standards in the Extractives sector

Tuesday 25 June, 2013, 2-3pm London time

Sustainability standards are a trusted sustainability tool in sectors such as agriculture, fishing and forestry, but in recent years we have seen a rapid growth in the development of standards for other types of production, extractives in particular. In this webinar we explored the contributions that standards can make to improve social and environmental performance in the extractives sector and the approaches that have been taken to developing standards for oil, gas, minerals, mining, and so forth. Presentations from standard-setters in the ISEAL Community provided insight into their efforts to address social and environmental issues, their engagement with industry and other key stakeholders, and what needs to happen to make improved practices feasible and scalable.


  • Fiona Solomon, Responsible Jewellery Council
  • Assheton Carter, Equitable Origin
  • Cristina Echavarría, Alliance for Responsible Mining


Click here for a copy of the presentation.

RJC Industry Briefing Webinar – Coloured Gemstones Initiatives

Friday June 21 at 8-9amEastern US Time / 1-2pm London Time

This webinar introduced some of the emerging initiatives for coloured gemstones sourcing and traceability and include an opportunity for questions and discussion.


  • Fiona Solomon, Director – Standards Development, Responsible Jewellery Council


  • Luisa La Via, Bulgari – Asogemme’s initiative with the Italian industry
  • David Bouffard, Signet – Precious Stones Multi-Stakeholder Working Group
  • Nawal Ait-Hocine, Cartier – UNICRI initiative (Nawal Ait-Hocine, Cartier)
  • Marieke van der Mijn, Responsible Jewellery Council – Richemont research project on International Trade in and Responsible Sourcing of Coloured Gemstones

For a copy of the presentation click here

To listen to the recording of the webinar please go to 

National Retail Federation (NRF) Webinar – Creating a Responsible Supply Chain for Mineral Sourcing

 Monday June 10, 2013

This webinar discussed existing and developing multi-stakeholder efforts by the US government, industry and civil society to promote the responsible sourcing of precious stones.


  • Jonathan Gold, Vice President Supply Chain and Customs Policy, National Retail Federation


  • Jose Fernandez, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • David J. Bonaparte, President & CEO, Jewelers of America
  • Fiona Solomon, Director – Standards Development, Responsible Jewellery Council
  • David Bouffard, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Signet Jewelers Ltd

 Presentation slides – NRF Responsible Jewelry Sourcing Webinar Combined Presentations – 061013

EU Conflict Minerals Initiative – Briefing Webinar

Friday May 17, 2013

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on a proposed EU Initiative on Conflict Minerals, likely applicable to gold, as well as tin, tungsten and tantalum.  A survey is open until June 26 (see and stakeholder feedback is being sought.

RJC held a webinar session  to brief participants on the proposed EU initiative, introduce the EU consultation questionnaire, and summarise industry feedback to date, with opportunity for questions and discussion.

PresentationRJC Briefing – EU Conflict Minerals Initiative

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