RJC Chain-of-Custody (CoC)
The Chain of Custody (CoC) certification by the RJC certifies that we act sustainably and that the products manufactured along our supply chain are free of conflict. Fairness, justice and transparency are important to us when dealing with precious metals.
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) was established in 2005 to promote responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices throughout the gold and diamond supply chains. It was built on the belief that these issues can be best addressed as a collaborative effort.
The Council has developed the RJC Code of Practices System, a certification system applicable to all members’ businesses that contribute to the gold and diamond jewellery supply chain. The scope of the Code of Practices captures:
- General Requirements
- Responsible Supply Chains & Human Rights;
- Labour Rights & Working Conditions;
- Health, Safety & Environment;
- Diamonds, Gold & Platinum Group Metal Products; and the
- Responsible Mining Sector.
Certification helps to strengthen responsible business practices and the reputation of members as well as the reputations of members’ suppliers, customers and business partners. Under the RJC System, all commercial members of the RJC must be audited by accredited, third party auditors to verify compliance with the Code of Practices.
The source of certain raw materials can be controversial, for example gold and diamonds. Accordingly, a number of projects were initiated by industry groups to improve transparency in general and the sourcing decisions of manufacturers in particular. Among those projects was the RJC’s 2012 Gold Chain of Custody (‘CoC’) standard applicable to gold and platinum group metals. The RJC standard is aligned with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas and its Supplement on Gold.
A list of CoC-certified members is maintained on the RJC website.