RJC Events in 2013

 


19 November 2013 – RJC at the “Responsible Gold” Conference organised by Better Gold Initiative in Peru

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From the left: Agostino Almeida, Fair-Mined; Greg Valerio, Fairtrade Foundation; Marieke van der Mijn, RJC

Photo courtesy RJC

The Responsible Jewellery Council, represented by Marieke van der Mijn, Standards Coordinator, was present at the Better Gold Initiative Conference entitled “Iniciativa Oro Responsable – Mercados Internacionales para una Mineria Aurifera Responsable de pequena escala”.

For the Conference Agenda click here

For RJC’s presentation for the Conference click here


8 October 2013 – RJC at the Ethical Corporation’s 8th Annual Sustainable Supply Chain Summit in London

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From the left: Luis Neves (GeSI), Vania Grandi (Rio Tinto, RJC), Melinda Painter (Blackberry) / Photo Courtesy: RJC

 

The Responsible Jewellery Council, represented by Board Director Vania Grandi, Rio Tinto, has participated in the 8th Annual Sustainable Supply Chain Summit in London, on 8 October, on the “Keynote session on sustainable supply chain strategy – Can a B2B membership group drive supply chain innovation?” session.

The summit addressed  key issues  in 2013 – Successful internal and external engagement with buyers, middle management and top level decision makers; how to go beyond Tier 1 suppliers; introduce on-site factory training; reduce cost through applying resource efficiency programs in your supply chain and more.

This year’s summit featured insight from some top level corporates, including the Group Commercial Director of Sainsbury’s, board level VPs of Procurement and Sourcing from Coca Cola Enterprises and Unilever, Chairman of GeSI and Group Climate Change and Sustainability Officer of Deutsche Telekom and Head of Logistics Europe of Mitsubishi Electric.

To download a copy of the brochure please click here

To have a full run down of the conference, please visit the 8th annual Sustainable Supply Chain Summit.


1st October, 2013-LBMA AND RJC RESPONSIBLE GOLD FORUM 

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) hosted a Responsible Gold Forum in Rome, Italy on 1st October.  The Forum was held during a parallel session at the LBMA/LPPM Precious Metals Conference.

For a copy of the slides click here

 

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From the left: Ruth Crowell (LBMA), Tyler Gillard (OECD), Maria Benadetta Francesconi (Italian Ministry of Economic Development),
Iris Van der Veken (Rosy Blue), Janet McCarthy (Metalor Technologies Ltd), Peter Kilchenmann (Credit Suisse)/ Photo Courtesy: LBMA

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From the left: Ruth Crowell (LBMA), Fiona Solomon (RJC) / Photo Courtesy: LBMA

Forum Programme

Session A: OECD Due Diligence Implementation

Chairman : Tyler Gillard, Head of Project, OECD

Jewellery – Downstream Implementation

Iris Van der Veken, Manager of Corporate Affairs, Rosy Blue

Refiner’s Best Practice Policies & Programmes

Janet McCarthy, Group Counsel, Metalor Technologies Ltd

Bullion Bank Best Practice Guide

Peter Kilchenmann, Credit Suisse

Artisanal Mining ETF

Kevin Telmer, Executive Director, Artisanal Gold Council

 

Session B: Conflict Minerals Regulation

Chairman :   Fiona Solomon, Director, Standards Development, Responsible Jewellery Council

Panel: Signe Ratso, Director, Directorate-General for Trade, EU Commission

Adam Greene, Vice President, Labour Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, USCIB

Cecilia Gardner, President & CEO, Jewellers Vigilance Committee

Philip Olden, Consultant, Signet

Neil Harby, Head of Evaluation, Rand Refinery

 

Session C: Industry Initiatives

Chairman:    Ruth Crowell, Deputy Chief Executive, LBMA

Panel: Fiona Solomon, Director, Responsible Jewellery Council

Terry Heymann, Director, Gold for Development, World Gold Council

Carolyn Duran, Intel Corporation, CFSI (EICC)

Patrick Schein, Executive Board Member, Alliance for Responsible Mining

 


14 September 2013 – RJC Briefing at Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair

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From the left: Catherine Sproule (RJC) , Charles Chaussepied (Piaget) / Photo Courtesy: UBM

The Responsible Jewellery Council invited industry leaders to a luncheon briefing featuring two representatives of  two of its global member companies, Mr. David Bouffard,VP, Corporate Affairs, Signet Jewelers Limited and  Mr. Charles Chaussepied, Piaget Director of Corporate Affairs  and Richemont CSR Committee member.
The session was focused on how Hong Kong and Chinese exporters can maintain and grow their business in the United States and European markets while working with the impacts of conflict minerals legislation.
Guests  heard an overview from industry leaders of the top luxury and sustainability issues facing the fine jewellery and watch supply chain.

For a copy of the slides in English please click here

For a copy of the slides in Chinese please click here.

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From the left: Catherine Sproule (RJC) , Charles Chaussepied (Piaget and Richemont), David Bouffard (Signet Jewelers Ltd) / Photo Courtesy: RJC

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David Bouffard (Signet Jewelers Ltd) / Photo Courtesy: RJC

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Charles Chaussepied (Piaget and Richemont) / Photo Courtesy: RJC


1-4 September 2013 – RJC at International Jewellery London (IJL)

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From the left: Philip Olden (Signet Jewelers Ltd), Estelle Levin (Estelle Levin Ltd), Michael Allchin ( The Birmingham Assay Office), Ruth Crowell (LBMA), Marieke van der Mijn (RJC), James Courage ( RJC and Platinum Guild International)

 

The RJC was located at booth K102 during the show.

A panel discussion with industry experts was held on Tuesday 3 September at 15.30 in the Whitehall Room.  The topic was “Responsible gold sourcing – Latest Developments on Industry efforts for gold supply chain due diligence and chain-of-custody”. 

More details can be found here

Presentation slides here

 


1 September 2013 – RJC signs MoU with CIBJO at IJL London

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From the left: James Courage, RJC; Gaetano Cavalieri, CIBJO

Photo courtesy: RJC

CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation and RJC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 1 September 2013, at IJL. The MOU reflects the willingness of both organisations to collaborate on efforts to entrench a solid understanding and commitment from the jewellery industry, to improve its performance in the crucial areas of human rights, social and environmental performance and ethical business practices. The MOU will work to further advance responsible business practices among all sectors of the jewellery supply chain, and will include the use of CSR education programmes developed by CIBJO, in collaboration with the United Nations, and chain of custody certification programmes, developed by RJC.

More information about the MoU here


2 September 2013 – RJC at the  IJL Great Debate hosted by the Birmingham Assay Office  

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From the left: Alan Frampton, Cred Jewellery; Daniela Nordmeyer, Monsoon, Accessorize; Catherine Sproule, RJC; Michael Allchin, BAO

Photo courtesy: Birmingham Assay Office

The event, organised by The Birmingham Assay Office, looked outside the jewellery industry to learn how the fashion and grocery industries have faced up to the challenges of delivering an ethical and sustainable supply chain. During the debate, Catherine Sproule announced the Memorandum of Understanding between RJC and CIBJO  and presented the highlights of this cooperation. Michael Allchin, Chief Executive of The Birmingham Assay Office, invited the audience to draw parallels with the jewellery industry and consider what more needs to be done.


13 June 2013 – ISEAL Conference, London

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RJC participated in a session on ‘Real Recognition’ at the ISEAL Annual Conference in London.  Marieke van der Mijn, RJC Standards Co-ordinator, gave an overview of RJC’s cross-recognition agreement for gold refiner audits with the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) and the electronics sector’s Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative, and RJC’s recognition as a ‘Recognised Responsible Mining Standard’ of the Fairtrade-Fairmined producer standard for artisanal and small-scale gold miners.

Presentation slides – RJC Standards Recognition and Harmonisation – ISEAL Conference 2013

 


1 June 2013 – JCK, Las Vegas

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The RJC held an Industry Briefing on the 01 June 2013 at 1pm:  Responsible Gold Sourcing – Industry efforts for gold supply chain due diligence and chain-of-custody

This session featured a panel of experts from mine to retail that shared their progress and experiences on initiatives to address gold sourcing in the jewellery supply chain.

 

Opening Remarks: James Courage, RJC Chairman and CEO of Platinum Guild International

Moderator: Catherine Sproule, Chief Operations Officer, Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)

 

Speakers:

  • Fiona Solomon, Director, Standards Development, Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC);
  • Adam Greene, Vice President, Labour Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, US Council for International Business
  • David Bouffard, Vice President Corporate Affairs, Signet Jewelers
  • Madrie Scott, Marketing Manager, OroAfrica
  • Mark Hanna, Chief Marketing Officer, Richline Group Inc
  • Laurence Drummond, President and Area Vice President Americas, Metalor Technologies USA Corporation
  • Vania Grandi, VP Marketing & Sales, Global Copper Cathode and Precious Metals, Rio Tinto

Click Here for a copy of the presentation.

 


 25 April 2013 – Baselworld

BaselworldThe Responsible Jewellery Council and LBMA  organised a session at Baselworld – “Responsible gold sourcing:  industry efforts that support gold supply chain due diligence and Chain-of-Custody”

  • The session covered: Why responsible sourcing and supply chain due diligence has become important and the role of gold refiners; The LBMA Responsible Gold Guidance; The RJC Chain-of-Custody Standard; Connections between industry initiatives and  Implementation experiences.

Opening Remarks: James Courage, RJC Chairman and CEO of Platinum Guild International

Chair: Catherine Sproule, Chief Operations Officer, Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)

Speakers:

  • Fiona Solomon, Director, Standards Development, Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)
  • Ruth Crowell, Deputy Chief Executive, London Bullion Market Association (LBMA)
  • Damiano Zito, CEO, Progold S.p.A.
  • Nicolas Burgi, Legal Manager, Metalor Technologies SA
  • Jacqueline Mayor-Meylan, Compliance Officer, P.A.M.P.
  • Wilfried Hörner, Director Refining and Bank Products, Argor Heraeus
  • Hans-Peter Egler, Head of Trade Promotion, Economic Cooperation and Development, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic  Affairs SECO

For a copy of the Presentation – Click Here

Swiss Television SRF  interviewed Dr. Fiona Solomon on the issue of Responsible Business Practices:


March 2013 – Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

Solidaridad and the Responsible Jewellery Council held a joint presentation at PDAC “The Growing Market Demand for Responsibly- Produced, Conflict-Free Metals: What Mining Companies Need to Know”.

This session, led by representatives of responsible sourcing initiatives, industry members, governments and civil society organizations, featured a discussion about the laws, voluntary standards and pilot projects that are influencing metals buyers, and how the changes can impact mining companies, regardless of where they operate.

Click Here for details


February 2013 – RJC COP Review Workshops – India

The RJC is reviewing its Code of Practices, the certification standard applicable to all RJC Members in the jewellery supply chain from mine to retail. Consultation workshops were held  to discuss the proposed revisions and provide feedback. These workshops took place in Mumbai & Surat in February 2013.

Presentation slides – RJC COP Review – India – Feb2013


4th February 2013 – Regulatory Initiatives Concerning Natural Resources: Lessons for Supply Chain Management in Africa

Marieke van der Mijn, RJC Standards Coordinator, participated in this Chatham House event which is being held as part of the De Beers Diamond Dialogue Series.

Presentation slides – RJC Presentation Chatham House February 2013 Final

More details can be found on the following website: http://www.chathamhouse.org/research/africa


January 2013 – RJC COP Review Workshops

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The RJC is reviewing its Code of Practices, the certification standard applicable to all RJC Members in the jewellery supply chain from mine to retail. Consultation workshops were carried out in London, Geneva, Antwerp, New York, Mumbai and Surat to discuss the proposed revisions and to gain.

For a copy of the Presentation – Click Here 


January 2013 – SIHH

The RJC  participated  in the following events at SIHH:

SIHH-24.1.1322 January 2013 – 10.30-11.00am – RJC Industry Briefing – Responsibility and Assurance in the Jewellery and Watch Industry The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and  The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) are delighted to invite professional buyers and specialist press to a briefing on the growing movement of consumer awareness in responsible business practices for luxury products.

24 January 2013 – 2.00-4.00pm – RJC Forum – RJC Membership and RJC Certification

Leading Suppliers from the fine jewellery and watch industry will convene to discuss responsible business practices and the importance of the RJC Certification system.


January 2013 – VICENZAORO – January 2013

Dr Fiona Solomon, RJC Standards Director, presented at the Jewellery Technology Forum on the 20th January on Due Diligence in the Gold Supply Chain.

Copy of the paper – JTF Paper 2013 Fiona Solomon RJC PDF

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