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Industry News
RJC Appoints its New Executive Director – Melanie Grant

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), the world’s leading sustainability standard setting organisation for the jewellery and watch industry, today appointed Melanie Grant as its new executive director. A celebrated thinker, writer and curator, Ms. Grant brings more than 20 years of experience in the watch and jewellery industry’s biggest and most influential outlets. In addition to commissioning and editing luxury content, she brings significant leadership experience to the role.

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Birks Joins the Responsible Jewellery Council

Birks, one of Canada’s premier wedding and fine jewellery brands, is proud to announce that they have officially become a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC).

Industry News
COP 27: What’s at stake?

From 7-17 November 2022, Egypt will host the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27), with a view to build on previous successes and pave the way for future ambition to effectively tackle the climate emergency.


Industry News
Jewellery market structure: India gold market series

India’s gold market is steeped in tradition and still highly fragmented. However, over the last few years the industry has become more organised and regulated. Although small independent retailers still dominate the landscape, the market share of chain stores (national and regional) has increased steadily during the last decade.

Industry Event
The Jewellery Show

This 5-6 September will see the inaugural edition of the Jewellery Show land in London, bringing back a large-scale trade event to the UK jewellery industry for the first time since 2019.

An Intro To...
An Introduction to… Human Rights

Human rights is an issue of tremendous importance and vast impact — affecting everyone, regardless of age, race, location or wealth.

Have a read on how you could make changes within your own business to help put people and planet first and create a better and fairer future for all.

An Intro To...
An Introduction to the Responsible Jewellery Council

It seems today that wherever you look, there is a need for us all to take sustainability to a bigger and more impactful place. Whether through electric car adverts, global protests on climate change, or boycotts of products created through abuse of human rights – we now live in a world where sustainability is a “must do,” rather than a nice to have.

At the Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC), we get it, and we are here to help.

RJC News
Kiran Gems Pvt Ltd becomes a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)

Kiran Gems Pvt Ltd has become a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), the world’s leading standard setting agency for the global jewellery and watch industry. The company’s membership includes signing codes of conduct with the Responsible Jewellery Council.

Kiran Gems’ membership in the RJC reflects its commitment to responsible business practices and the wider sustainability agenda, aimed at creating positive impacts along the jewellery supply chain, from mine to retail.

Industry News
Pink diamond found in Angola believed to be largest in 300 years

A rare pink diamond discovered in Angola is thought to be the largest of its kind to be found in 300 years.

The 170-carat stone, which weighs just 34 grams, has been named the ‘Lulo Rose’, after the alluvial mine where it was discovered. Alluvial means that the stones are recovered from a river bed.

Industry News
Diamonds Do Good – Next Gen Awards

Diamonds do good – Press Release – Next Gen awards  New York, NY; April 12, 2022– Recognizing the next generation of

RJC News
2022 A new beginning – the era of action

If 2021 felt like a year of transition, 2022 is starting to feel like a year of new beginnings. Like many of us, the start of a year is ripe with symbolism and hope for me. A time when I like to offer deep gratitude – first and foremost, for the people around me – loved ones, colleagues and collaborators, and the countless others whose lives, directly or indirectly, intertwine with mine. Also, gratitude for being amongst those who have the immense privilege and the responsibility to effect change, and to leave this world better than we found it.

Industry News

Read this article by Jen Marracino, Senior Development Director at Pure Earth and Magdalene Sim, Director, Communications, Pure Earth. This article gives a background to the impact on communities of using mercury in gold mining. It explores the relationship between the jewellery industry and Mercury-Free gold mining solutions, particularly the role of Pure Earth, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), and the Fairmined initiative.

In Conversation With
In Conversation with… Pamela Fierst-Walsh

In conversation with Pamela Fierst-Walsh, Senior Advisor on Conflict and Critical Minerals and US representative to the Kimberly Process at the US State Department

RJC News
Cartier, Kering and RJC launch ‘Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030’

Cartier, delegated by Richemont, and Kering launch the ‘Watch and Jewellery Initiative 2030’ in partnership with the Responsible Jewellery Council, to bring together watch and jewellery global players committing to a common core of key sustainability goals.

RJC News
Brad Brooks-Rubin to Lead Engagement in North America

Brad Brooks-Rubin, the former Special Advisor for Conflict Diamonds at the U.S. Department of State, has been appointed as Strategic Advisor & North America Engagement Lead. Based in Washington, D.C., he will be responsible for advancing policy and deepening connections between international policy makers, NGOs and RJC member companies.

RJC News
RJC Gender Equality Report 2021

The time is now: Global jewellery industry calls for immediate action on gender equality as report unveils the urgent need for stronger commitment to SDG 5 implementation. Responsible Jewellery Council unveils gender equality report titled ‘The time is now to accelerate SDG 5, achieve gender equality, and empower all women and girls’ published in collaboration with BSR and CIBJO

Industry News
Growth, Unity & Equality: Rebecca Foerster

To celebrate the partnership between Diamonds Do Good and Responsible Jewellery Council, we spoke with Rebecca Foerster, President, to understand more about the organisation, their ongoing commitment to empowering people in natural diamond growing communities, and the impact their work has on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Industry News
Minera Yanaquihua SAC Recertification

Minera Yanaquihua SAC has achieved recertification to the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) Code of Conduct as well as certification to

RJC News
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.

RJC News
Responsible Jewellery Council Launches SDG Taskforce

Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), the leading standard-setting organisation for the jewellery and watch supply chain, announced today the launch of an SDG Taskforce to create a unified platform to benchmark members’ progress in the implementation of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN SDGs are a call to action for all countries, organisations and people to come together in partnership to achieve a more sustainable and fairer future for all. The SDG Taskforce includes 26 leaders of the global jewellery industry together with the representatives of NGOs, other trade organisations and academia who will convene on a regular basis to drive change and track progress throughout the supply chain – from mining to retail.

RJC News
WDC and RJC enter cross-membership partnership to increase knowledge-sharing and impact on lives and livelihoods throughout the jewellery supply chain

The World Diamond Council (WDC) and Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) have entered into a cross-membership partnership and signed mutual codes of conduct. The two leading diamond and jewellery industry organisations are dedicated to the adoption of responsible business practices across the supply chain, and this partnership will help increase knowledge-sharing, pilot new initiatives, and increase the positive impact they both make on the lives and livelihoods of individuals and communities associated with jewellery, watches and the precious materials from which they are made.

RJC News
Sustainability: A 2021 Perspective Rebuilding Trust in the Decade of Action

The past year has been a year of reckoning, reflection and reassessing how we relate to one another and to the planet. There is a lot that has been said about the changes this unprecedented year has brought and also about the next normal that seems to be on the not-so-distant horizon. Among all of this, I am convinced of the centrality of a value that has taken on enormous significance and holds true in more ways than we had probably imagined before the pandemic began – interconnectedness. This is why I feel our industry will do well, we are a global family of businesses who have always been interdependent in bringing products to the consumer that are pure emotion and trust. Of the many lessons that have emerged from this turbulent year, one rang true across the globe – we are all in this together.

RJC Event
Responsible Business Practices in the Decade of Action

Responsible Jewellery Council will mark its 15th anniversary by bringing together many leading organisations for a panel discussion on the key theme of responsibility and resilience. How can we build back better through a partnership model to deliver positive impacts on the ground. Join us as we thank our community of over 1,300 members for taking this journey with us and discuss how together we can create impactful change.

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Implementing the SDG Compass

Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has never been more critical. Our ‘RJC SDG Roadshow’ – a series of webinars for the jewellery and watch global supply chain to better understand and take measurable action towards Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

RJC Event
Coffee & Conversation: Welcome to RJC

Event Details Coffee & Conversation Welcome to RJC Organised by: Responsible Jewellery Council Date: Tuesday, 10 November 2020 Time: 8.00am

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RJC News
Joint Call to Industry: Engage with ASM

Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has joined a call to action urging the gold and jewellery industry to include Artisanal Scale Mining (ASM) in their sourcing policies and practices.

OpEd | Leading with purpose: The jewellery industry beyond COVID-19

I was very pleased to host a diverse group of jewellery industry experts and sustainability leaders at our JCK Virtual special edition RJC Leadership Panel. We discussed the relationship between responsible business and resilient business, particularly in times of crisis and uncertainty such as we are facing now.

Industry News
Emergency action needed for vulnerable artisanal and small-scale mining communities and supply chains

As the corona virus sweeps the globe, affecting the health and lives of millions, the pandemic is wreaking further economic havoc on the lives of artisanal, small scale miners and their communities. Around 83 per cent of the world’s mining workforce relies on these mines for their livelihood. That comes to roughly 40.5 million people. These people were vulnerable before the corona pandemic and even more so now.

Letter of support from RJC Executive Director

We are living in entirely unprecedented times. The scale and impact of this rapidly unfolding crisis was unimaginable to most of us just weeks ago. And within a matter of weeks, the engines of the world’s economies seem to be screeching to a halt as entire populations are locked up inside their homes.

Lettera aperta ai membri (Open letter to members)

Le nostre aziende operanti nell’industria della gioielleria e dell’orologeria stanno attraversando un periodo difficile a causa dell’attuale clima sanitario ed economico. I nostri pensieri sono rivolti a tutte le parti interessate e alle loro famiglie in tutto il mondo.

Lettre ouverte aux membres (Open letter to members)

L’industrie de la bijouterie et de l’horlogerie traverse une période particulièrement difficile en raison de la situation sanitaire et économique actuelle. Nos pensées vont aux membres de l’industrie et à leurs familles, partout dans le monde.

Open letter to members

Members of the jewellery and watch industry are going through challenging times as a result of the current health and economic climate. Our thoughts are with all stakeholders and their families around the world.

Open letter to all stakeholders

Dear Stakeholders, The new coronavirus disease, officially named COVID-19, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Members

RJC News
RJC team update on COVID-19

Dear Stakeholders, The new coronavirus disease, officially named COVID-19, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Members