Activities and Plans

RJC’s key work programs for 2015 are to continue to focus on the rollout of the 2013 update of the Code of Practices, expand the Monitoring & Evaluation program and publish its second public Impacts Report.

Please contact if you are interested in any of these programs.

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Timeframe: throughout the year

In 2015 the RJC continues to work on the rollout of the reviewed Code of Practices, which was launched in November 2013. New and pre-recorded training modules have been developed and are already available on the website, and the RJC will continue to develop more topic-focused modules and further expand its training program by tracking inquiries and identifying new training needs.  Translations are now almost complete for all languages.  From January 2015, RJC will only accept new certifications against the 2013 COP.

Monitoring & Evaluation Program

Timeframe: throughout the year

In 2015, RJC will continue to develop its Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) program.  In mid-2015, RJC will publish its second full public Impacts report, which will review aggregate data collected since last year’s inaugural report and delve into sectors to shed light on impacts and benefits of certification.  These sectors include mining in Latin America, the diamond sector in India and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs).

Future revisions of RJC standards

The RJC Code of Practices was revised in 2013.  Its next revision is due in 2018.

The RJC Chain-of-Custody standard was first issued in 2012.  Its next revision is due in 2017.

RJC welcomes comments and feedback on its Standards at any time – please email or see our Contact page for other ways to get in touch.

Past Standards Development Programs

RJC M&E Program (2014 activities) – Working with the RJC Standards Committee and stakeholders, RJC developed its Theory of Change, published its first full Impacts Report, and successfully underwent independent review for compliance with the ISEAL Impacts Code with no non-conformances.  Research into experiences of certification by SMEs in Europe was undertaken by the Graduate Institute of Geneva, and research into CSR issues in India in the diamond and jewellery sector was undertaken by Dalberg.  More information can be found on the RJC’s Monitoring and Evaluation page.

RJC Code of Practices Review (completed 2013) – From April 2012 to November 2013, RJC revised the Code of Practices (COP), the mandatory standard for Members.  The COP Review process has been overseen by RJC’s multi-stakeholder Standards Committee and an extensive 18 month period was taken to allow sufficient time for stakeholder engagement and consensus-building. As a full Member of the ISEAL Alliance, RJC followed ISEAL’s Code of Good Practice for Standard-Setting with 3 successive comment periods for stakeholders to provide feedback on proposed revisions to the COP.  Comment reports were published on the RJC website.  The 2013 COP will help Members address important issues for them and their supply chains – including conflict minerals, human rights and synthetic diamonds. Please click here to access the Certification documents.

Chain-of-Custody for Precious Metals (completed 2012) During 2010 to early 2012, the RJC worked with stakeholders to develop a Chain-of-Custody (CoC) standard for jewellery materials.  In March 2012, a CoC standard and associated documents were published, applicable to precious metals. Click here for more information on the standards development process.

ISEAL Full Membership (completed 2012) – The RJC joined the ISEAL Alliance in mid-2011 and achieved Full Membership in June 2012, after demonstrating compliance with the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Standards-Setting and the ISEAL Impacts Code. Click here for more information, and visit

Mining Supplement (completed 2009) – In December 2009, the additional mining standards were integrated into the RJC Code of Practices for certifying responsible business practices for the diamond and gold jewellery supply chain. Click here to find out more about the standards development process for the ‘Mining Supplement’.


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Past Standards Development Programs