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The UN Global Compact is partnering with the Responsible Jewellery Council to develop sustainability strategies for the jewellery industry.
The UN Global Compact is partnering with the Responsible Jewellery Council to develop sustainability strategies for the jewellery industry.

UN and Responsible Jewellery Council seek to improve industry

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is collaborating with the United Nations (UN) Global Compact to develop new sustainability initiatives across the international jewellery supply chain.

The organisations will develop case studies and educational materials for businesses from mine to retail, as well as consulting with policymakers and investors in order to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

David Bouffard
David Bouffard
“We welcome this partnership with the UN Global Compact. Since 2005, the RJC has taken a leading role on sustainable development in the global jewellery supply chain”
David Bouffard, Responsible Jewellery Council

Key areas to be addressed include gender equality, economic growth, responsible consumption and production, and climate action.

Educational initiatives will consist of webinars, research tools, and hands-on workshops.

“We welcome this partnership with the UN Global Compact. Since 2005, the RJC has taken a leading role on sustainable development in the global jewellery supply chain,” David Bouffard, chairman RJC, said,

Iris Van der Veken, executive director RJC, added: “As the RJC will celebrate 15 years of legacy in 2020, it is the right momentum to look ahead for the next 15 years. We must work closely together with the Global Compact and all our stakeholders to drive global action on the SDGs.”

The UN Global Compact was founded in 2000 with the purpose of helping businesses to adopt sustainable and socially responsible practices. It is headquartered in New York City.

Meanwhile, the London-based RJC is a not-for-profit international organisation that independently audits companies for the responsible handling of diamonds, gold and platinum group metals, against its own rigorous Code of Practices.

These standards cover areas including human rights, labour rights, environmental impact, mining practices, product disclosure and other supply chain elements.

It has more than 1,100 members worldwide.

 

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