(LONDON) – As the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) celebrated its 15 year anniversary on Tuesday with a virtual event that included key global stakeholders, it also launched its Roadmap to 2030 and Beyond (Roadmap), and requested members to nominate candidates to join the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Taskforce.
Chairman David Bouffard commented: “15 years have passed since that historic moment in London when 14 organizations came around the table to establish a standards organization for the whole jewelry and watch industry. Now with over 1300 members, we are forging confidently ahead on our journey of continuous improvement toward building an even stronger responsible supply chain that promotes greater trust in the global jewelry and watch industry.”
Roadmap to 2030 and Beyond
The Roadmap was established to support members and stakeholders to understand the RJC’s path to realize the SDGs, the most impactful contributions that members can make to align their operations and reporting to the SDGs, and to provide guidelines to achieve collective long term sustainability goals.
The Roadmap illustrates how the RJC’s strategies (Members First, Partnerships for Progress, Advocacy for Positive Change) relate to the UN’s five pillars of sustainable development (people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships), drive short and medium-term goals and longer-term impacts, and how they contribute to achieving the RJC’s priority SDGs, namely:
- SDG 5: Gender equality
- SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
- SDG 12: Responsible consumptions and production
- SDG 13: Climate change
- SDG 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions
- SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
The RJC has also revised its performance monitoring framework, now linking to the priority SDGs and key provisions of the Code of Practices (COP) standard, to better demonstrate meaningful and measurable progress.
There will be a consultation process with members until February 28, 2021, with a final document expected toward the end of March 2021.
Iris van der Veken, Executive Director of the Responsible Jewellery Council said: “Sustainability is about bringing purpose and people to the next level and measuring progress and positive impact. That is why we have launched the Roadmap to 2030 and Beyond. It is a clear pathway for our members on what we, collectively, want to achieve and includes performance indicators to assess and measure progress, promote positive behavioral change, and to report performance more comprehensively. This coincides with the United Nation’s call for the ‘Decade of Action’.”
Nominations for the SDG Taskforce
Following the decision to establish an SDG Taskforce, the RJC is inviting members to nominate candidates by January 22, 2021. Members may submit their nomination via an online form, demonstrating how they meet the taskforce participant criteria. The RJC will also invite two external experts (NGO and academic) to join the taskforce. Nominations close on 5 February 2021.
Virtual Event to celebrate the 15 Year Anniversary of the RJC
December 15 marked The Responsible Jewellery Council’s 15th anniversary by bringing together leading organizations from around the world, including CIBJO, ISEAL, The World Diamond Council, RMI, IRMA, The Plumb Club, The World Gold Council and GIT. These organizations were part of the first panel discussion to discuss Partnerships for Progress. The second panel included the United Nations Global Compact, ILO Human Rights Watch, Kian Smith & Trade Co, Pandora and Pranda Jewelry where the critical topic of Decent Labor was explored.
The sessions explored ways in which the industry can build back better through a partnership and continuous improvement model to deliver real positive impacts on the ground and discuss the Roadmap to 2030 and Beyond.
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is a leading standard-setting organization for the jewelry and watch industry. It was founded in 2005 by 14 member organizations, ABN AMRO, BHP Billiton Diamonds, Cartier, the World Jewellery Confederation, the De Beers Group of Companies, Diarough, Jewelers of America, the National Association of Goldsmiths (UK), Newmont Mining, Rio Tinto, Rosy Blue, the Signet Group, Tiffany & Co., and Zale Corporation.
Today, the RJC has almost 1,300 members, from across the global jewelry supply chain from mining to retail. The RJC Code of Practices (COP) is the global standard for the responsible jewelry and watch industry, focusing on business ethics and responsible supply chains. The COP covers all the primary minerals and metals used in the manufacture of jewelry: gold, silver, platinum group metals, diamonds and colored gemstones. Through the implementation of the COP, the RJC works to ensure that responsibility standards are upheld across the global jewelry supply chain.
For more information visit the Responsible Jewellery Council.