United Nations Global Compact


The RJC strongly supports the Global Compact initiative and has embedded its ten principles in the RJC Code of Practices for Member Certification.   Through the RJC’s engagement with the jewellery supply chain, and its stakeholders, we promote the Global Compact as part of our commitment to improve business practices against the ten principles.

The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rightslabour, environment and anti-corruption.

A number of RJC Members are also individual signatories to the UN Global Compact, and their RJC Certification provides assurance of their implementation of responsible business practices.

How does RJC support the UN Global Compact?

The primary vehicle for RJC’s support of the Global Compact is the RJC’s standards. The following table highlights the influence of the Global Compact principles in the RJC’s Code of Practices, with which RJC Members must comply.  The RJC Code of Practices also addresses additional consumer confidence issues such as accurate product disclosure; employee health and safety, working hours and remuneration; and community development.  From June 2012 to November 2013, the RJC conducted its first review of the Code of Practices, working with a multi-stakeholder Standards Committee and seeking input through a series of open public comment periods. Details on the Code of Practices Review can be viewed here: https://www.responsiblejewellery.com/standards-development/code-of-practices-review/.

In 2014, UN Global Compact and BSR published ‘A Guide to Traceability‘ – a guide to help companies and stakeholders understand and advance supply chain traceability.  Please find the report here.


Global Compact Principle

RJC Code of Practices – Related Provisions

Human Rights
1. Businesses should support and respect the   protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and COP   2.1 Human RightsCOP   2.4 Freedom of association and collective bargainingCOP   2.5 DiscriminationCOP   2.8 Working HoursCOP   2.9 RemunerationCOP   2.11 Community Engagement and DevelopmentCOP   2.13 Indigenous PeoplesAlso:  RJC Chain-of-Custody Standard (voluntary)
2.  Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses. COP   1.3 Kimberley ProcessCOP   2.2 Child labourCOP   2.3 Forced labourCOP   2.7 Discipline and Grievance ProceduresCOP   2.12 Use of Security PersonnelCOP   4.3 Business PartnersCOP   2.14 Artisanal and Small-scale MiningAlso:  RJC Chain-of-Custody Standard (voluntary)
3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of   association and the effective recognition of the right to collective   bargaining; COP   2.4 Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
4. the elimination of all forms of forced   and compulsory labour; COP   2.3 Forced Labour
5. The effective abolition of child labour;   and COP   2.2 Child Labour and Young Persons
6. The elimination of discrimination in   respect of employment and occupation. COP   2.5 Discrimination
7.  Businesses should support a precautionary   approach to environmental challenges; COP   3.1 Environmental ProtectionCOP   3.2 Hazardous SubstancesCOP   4.4 Impact Assessment
8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater   environmental responsibility; and COP   3.3 Wastes and EmissionsCOP   3.5 BiodiversityCOP   4.5 Mine Closure Planning
9. Encourage the development and diffusion   of environmentally friendly technologies. COP   3.4 Use of Energy and Natural Resources
10. Businesses should work against corruption   in all its forms, including extortion and bribery. COP   1.1 Bribery and Facilitation PaymentsCOP   1.2 Money Laundering and Finance of TerrorismCOP   1.6 Extractive Industries Transparency InitiativeAlso:  RJC Chain-of-Custody Standard (voluntary)

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