A panel at the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show focused on how changes in technology, consumer demographics, and the customer/producer relationship affect the question of ethical business behaviour.
Diamond mining giant Alrosa is the latest company to become a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). More than 800 companies representing various sectors of the diamond industry have received RJC certification, including De Beers, Dominion Diamond Corp., Rio Tinto, and Lucara Diamond.
Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has certified American Gem Society Laboratories (AGS Laboratories) against its 2013 code of practices (COP). “The provisions under the 2013 COP address important issues for our members and their supply chain,” said RJC executive director, Andrew Bone.
Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has certified New York-based United Precious Metal Refining (UPMR) against its 2013 Code of Practices (COP). “United Precious Metal Refining is pleased to become a certified member of the RJC, said company president, Vincent Guadagna.
Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is adding coloured gemstones to it scope of certification. Currently, RJC’s chain of custody initiatives only apply to diamonds, gold, and platinum group metals. The move comes following discussion and collaboration with current members, external stakeholders, and the coloured gemstone sector over the past five years.
Richline Group is doing its part in the fight against wildlife trafficking. “The only way to stop wildlife trafficking is to band together, continue the jewellery industry’s existing steadfastness to legal compliance, and to stop supply and demand,” said Mark Hanna, CMO at the Berkshire Hathaway-owned Richline Group.
Why should the Canadian jewellery industry care about ethical challenges in the diamond supply that largely occur elsewhere in the world? It’s a common question industry members ask me, many of whom feel insulated from the vulnerabilities of faraway and less stable or less governed jurisdictions.