(MUMBAI) - IGI India has announced it has achieved certification against the Responsible Jewellery Council’s (RJC) 2013 Code of Practices (COP), which signifies the Institute has met the ethical, social and environmental standards as established by the Council.
RJC members commit to and are independently audited against the RJC Code of Practices - an international standard on responsible business practices for diamonds, gold and platinum group metals.
“It is a pleasure to announce IGI India has been certified against the 2013 COP. The provisions under the 2013 COP address important issues for our members and their supply chain. We are delighted to see members achieving certification against the standard and warmly congratulate IGI India,” says Andrew Bone, RJC’s Executive Director.
“We are elated to receive certification from the RJC and express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the entire IGI India team for their hard work and dedication in achieving this honor,” said Tehmasp Printer, IGI India Managing Director. “IGI India is delighted to announce it is now part of the elite circle of RJC certified members, including IGI-North and South America, which has been a member since 2009.”
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) was established in Antwerp in 1975 and is the largest independent gemological laboratory and appraisal institute worldwide, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Antwerp, Hong Kong, India, Bangkok, Tokyo, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Cavalese and Shanghai. In India, IGI has three laboratories in Mumbai and one each in Kolkata, New Delhi, Thrissur, Surat, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Hyderabad. IGI is ISO (International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001: 2000) certified in several countries. Around the world, IGI diamond grading and gemstone identification reports bring confidence when buying or selling diamonds, gemstones and jewelry. A commitment to understanding consumer concerns has motivated IGI to develop comprehensive analysis and clear documentation for consumers.
The Responsible Jewellery Council is an international not-for-profit standards and certification organization. It has more than 1,000 member companies that span the jewelry supply chain from mine to retail. RJC Members commit to and are independently audited against the RJC Code of Practices - an international standard on responsible business practices for diamonds, gold and platinum group metals. The Code of Practices addresses human rights, labor rights, environmental impact, mining practices, product disclosure and many more important topics in the jewelry supply chain. RJC also works with multi-stakeholder initiatives on responsible sourcing and supply chain due diligence. The RJC’s Chain-of-Custody Certification for precious metals supports these initiatives and can be used as a tool to deliver broader Member and stakeholder benefit. The RJC is a Full Member of the ISEAL Alliance – the global association for sustainability standards.