Home / Knowledge / News / Fashion / RJC launches Ethics Code
RJC launches Ethics Code
Dec '08
The Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices released the implementation documents for the Council's system for certifing responsible ethical, social and environmental practices throughout the diamond and gold jewellery supply chain.

The Council also released its new logo and announced the adoption of the simpler trading name, “Responsible Jewellery Council”(“RJC”).

The Responsible Jewellery Council's certification system, also known as the “RJC System”, requires Members of the Responsible Jewellery Council to be audited by accredited, third party auditors to verify their conformance with the Council's standards, which are set out in its Code of Practices. Members who have been independently verified as conforming to the Code of Practices will become Certified Members of the Respnsible Jewellery Council.

The RJC System is expected to become fully operational in the 2nd Quarter of 2009, once independent auditors have been trained and audit firms accredited.

Current RJC Members as of 31st December 2008 are required to undergo independent verification by December 2010. Companies that join the RJC after 31st December 2008 will need to undergo independent verification within two years of becomin Members.

RJC Members with mining facilities will be required to undergo independent verification within two years of the release of the Mining Supplement”, which will expand the Code of Practices with additional provisions specific to the mining industry. The Mining Supplement is undergoing a public consultation process and is expected to be finalised by March 2009.

The certification system is set out in five core implementation documents that will guide Members and accredited auditors throuh the certification process. The documents, listed below, are publicly available on the RJC's web site: http://www.responsiblejewellery.com

• RJC Principles and Code of Practices, which defines the standards for the RJC System, against which Members are to be certified.
• RJC Standards Guidance, which provides general information and advice about the standards in the RJC's Code of Practices (COP).
• RJC Certification Handbook, which provides an overview of the RJC System and the requirements for achieving certification.
• RJC Assessment Manual, which sets out detailed instructions for Members to complete Self Assessments, and Auditors to conduct Verification Assessments.
• RJC Assessment Workbook, which provides the forms and detailed questions required to conduct assessments and perform audits.

“We are acutely aware that our industry is facing extremely challenging times and that companies must focus their immediate attetion on financial and operational issues.Nevertheless, the over eighty members of the Responsible Jewellery Council, from miners to manufacturers to retailers, remain committed to the importance of ethical business practices and reinforcing consumer confidence in the gold and diamond jwellery supply chain. Now more than ever, the industry must demonstrate responsible practices and protect its reputation,” says Matthew Runci, Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council and President and CEO of Jewelers of America.

Must ReadView All

'Requirement of polyester filament yarn is increasing'

Textiles | On 19th Jun 2018

'Requirement of polyester filament yarn is increasing'

The requirement of polyester filament yarn (PFY) is increasing as it...

Courtesy: SAC

Textiles | On 19th Jun 2018

SAC to release pilot of Higg Facility Social Labour Module

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) will release this year a...

Courtesy: Ebay

Apparel/Garments | On 19th Jun 2018

eBay partners with Noon for e-commerce sales in Middle East

Noon, the $1 billion e-commerce venture backed by Dubai businessman...

Interviews View All

Top executives
Textile industry

GST has levelled the playing field to an extent

Nishank Patel
Shri Dinesh Mills Limited

Broad range of fabrics will sell well this financial year

C. Dhandayuthapani
Mag Solvics Pvt. Ltd

ITME 2016 exploited our full strength like never before

Tom Adeyoola

Describing itself as the best body shape and garment fit company in the...

Urmil Arya

Sushila International, a well established textile organisation established ...

Anupam Arya

<div>Jaipur-based Fabriclore Retailing Pvt. Ltd. is attempting to revive...

Paolo Ocleppo
Sandvik Hyperion

Paolo Ocleppo, Rotary Cutting Segment manager, Sandvik Hyperion discusses...

Steve Cole
Xerium Technologies

Steve Cole of Xerium Technologies discusses the industry. Xerium is the...

Marten Alkhagen
Swerea IVF AB

Marten Alkhagen, Senior Scientist - Nonwoven and Technical Textiles of...

Igor Chapurin

"Now we can see the Russian trend in international fashion. And Russian...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Wendell Rodricks
Wendell Rodricks

"We should not compare India and the West. There are things we do that...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


Leave your Comments

June 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category

Related Categories:

Advanced Search