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RJC joins the UN Global Compact SDG Ambition platform

Responsible Jewellery Council, the leading sustainability standard-setting organisation for the global jewellery and watch supply chain, has joined the UN Global Compact SDG Ambition platform. The platform aims to scale business impact by accelerating the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by UNGC’s participating companies. It enables companies to move beyond incremental progress and step-up transformative change – unlocking business value, building business resilience, and enabling long-term growth.

As a member of SDG Ambition, RJC will lead its 1,400 member companies globally, to strategically prioritise actions to accelerate the jewellery industry’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda, set targets aligned with absolute benchmarks that today may seem aspirational but are critical to spearhead the transformation of economies and societies, and hardwire SDG-related business goals and outcomes into core processes and management of business. In doing so, also deliver a positive impact on the livelihoods and communities in which RJC member companies operate.

With this, the RJC further deepens its commitment to the SDGs.

Sanda Ojiambo, the CEO & Executive Director of the UNGC said: “By engaging hundreds of companies across the world, this initiative is mobilising a truly global movement of responsible enterprises. This will accelerate progress towards embedding sustainability into business strategies and operations—which will benefit society as well as business.”

The Responsible Jewellery Council has been a participant in the UNGC since 2009. The Ten Principles spanning human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption are integrated into the RJC’s Code of Practices.

In 2020, the Responsible Jewellery Council launched a novel working partnership with the UNGC: “SDG Innovation & Impact in the Jewellery Industry”. Key components of the programme include an RJC technical workgroup on impact 2020-2030, training webinars on best practices, and research tools on driving the SDGs throughout the industry with a special emphasis on Gender Equality (SDG 5), Decent Work & Economic Growth (SDG 8), Responsible Consumption & Production (SDG 12), Climate Action (SDG 13) and Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17).

An SDG Taskforce has been appointed in April 2021 which includes the ALROSA Group, Antwerp Management School, Arabesque, AURUM MONACO SAM, Berker Bros Ltd, BV Chinai & Co, C.Hafner GmbH & Co.KG, CCCMC, Color Merchants, Inc, De Beers,  Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, Gemological Institute of America, Hermès Jewelry, Natural Diamond Council, Pinkcity Jewel House P. Ltd, Potentate Mining LLC, Richemont, Richline Group, Rosy Blue N.V. ,Signet Jewelers, Star Rays, The Gem and Jewellery Institute of Thailand, World Diamond Council, and the World Gold Council.

This Taskforce will coordinate industry efforts to measure and report SDG impact, build a library of best practices and organise events to educate our members on various SDGs.

“RJC is leading sustainability standards in the jewellery industry and it makes sense that we would launch an SDG taskforce to drive sustainability action. We welcome this partnership with the UN Global Compact. Since its inception, the RJC has taken a leading role on sustainable development in the global jewellery supply chain. We believe in a model of shared values and we see the principles of the UN Global Compact and the SDGs as the foundation for shaping a better world,” says David Bouffard, RJC Chairman.

“16 years ago, RJC had a vision to transform the jewellery and watch industry to be more responsible and sustainable. We began by uniting the industry behind a common set of standards, and now we are uniting the industry again as we up our ambition: from ‘do no harm’ to ‘do good’.  This partnership reflects our long-held vision of inclusion and transparency. We will work closely with the Global Compact and all our stakeholders to drive global action on the SDGs. I consider that our moral responsibility.” says Iris Van der Veken, RJC Executive Director.

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About SDG Amibtion


SDG Ambition is an accelerator initiative that aims to challenge and support participating companies of the UN Global Compact in setting ambitious corporate targets and accelerating integration of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into core business management. SDG Ambition enables companies to move beyond incremental progress and step-up transformative change – unlocking business value, building business resilience, and enabling long-term growth.

Further Information

Olivia Saunders-Smith
Marketing & Communications Team
Responsible Jewellery Council
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About Responsible Jewellery Council

Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is the leading standards organisation of the global jewellery and watch industry. It has 1,500 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. The Code of Practices (COP) addresses human rights, labour rights, environmental impact, mining practices, product disclosure and many more important topics in the jewellery supply chain. RJC also works with multi-stakeholder initiatives on responsible sourcing and supply chain due diligence. The RJC’s Chain-of-Custody Certification (CoC) for precious metals supports these initiatives and can be used as a tool to deliver broader Member and stakeholder benefit. Through the implementation of the COP and CoC members contribute towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 agenda. RJC’s Roadmap 2030 is a framework for our industry with respect to the most impactful contributions our members can make through their supply chains. Impacts deepen consumer confidence and are linked to priority SDGs, they are presented according to the five pillars of sustainable development – People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships. In April 2021, RJC launched the SDG Taskforce, an industry-wide action platform to advance the sustainability agenda and benchmark progress in the jewellery and watch supply chain.

RJC is a Full Member of the ISEAL Alliance – the global association for sustainability standards. RJC complies with the ISEAL Standard-Setting Code which specifies general requirements for transparent and accountable preparation, adoption and revision of sustainability standards.

RJC is also a member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) since 2009. RJC and UNGC entered into a first-of-its-kind strategic partnership in 2020 and launched the ‘SDG Innovation & Impact in the Jewellery Industry” programme. In 2021 RJC deepened this commitment by supporting the UNGC SDG Ambition global impact initiative to accelerate integration of the 17 SDGs into core business management. SDG Ambition enables companies to move beyond incremental progress and step-up transformative change – unlocking business value, building business resilience, and enabling long-term growth.

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