Code of Practices Review Announced by Responsible Jewellery Council

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is reviewing its Code of Practices (COP) standard.

"The RJC strives to represent the very highest ethical standards in the industry, building confidence in the work done by our members. As part of this process, and in line with RJC policy and the ISEAL Alliance Codes of Good Practice, in late 2017 we began the process of reviewing our Code of Practices (COP) standard. We now enter the third and final phase of consultation on that review and proposed move to a due diligence model for the diamond supply chain.

"In this consultation, informed by feedback from a range of industry stakeholders, we propose aligning RJC due diligence for diamonds with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (OECD Guidance), which complements and supports both the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and World Diamond Council System of Warranties. This move will deliver tangible benefits to members, who will be able to point customers to a standard fully aligned with the OECD recommendations.

"The changes are not entirely new – similar due diligence requirements for RJC members already exist in the 2013 COP (provision 6.2). This goes a step further however, by bringing the COP into full alignment with the OECD Guidance. To implement the changes in the most efficient manner for our members, we propose continuous, rather than overnight improvement, with phased changes to take place over a three-year period and to be completed in 2021.

"We ask to hear again from our members, civil society and those with an interest in the diamond industry, and request that they consider our proposals and respond during the consultation period, which will remain open until October 27.