The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is an International not-for-profit organisation established in 2005 by a group of 14 organisations from a
cross section of the diamond and gold jewellery business. The RJC is governed by a Board of Directors, supported by a number of Committees and is administered by a Management
Team located in Australia, Canada, Italy and United Kingdom.
RJC Members are committed to promoting responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices in a transparent and accountable manner throughout the industry
from mine to retail. Their commitment aims to reinforce consumer and stakeholder confidence in jewellery products.
The Council has developed the RJC System,
a certification system, which applies to all Members, businesses that contribute to the diamond and gold jewellery supply chain. Under the RJC system, all Commercial
Members of the RJC are required to be audited by accredited, third party auditors to verify their conformance with the RJC, Code of Practices, and become certified
under the RJC System. The Council began operating its system in December 2009.
"To advance responsible ethical, social and environmental
practices, which respect human rights, throughout the diamond and gold jewellery supply chain, from mine to retail."
RJC Vision "Our vision is to
increase consumer confidence in diamond and gold jewellery. We will accomplish our vision through the successful implementation of a system for certification of responsible
business practices that is widely recognised and valued by our stakeholders. The certification system will cover a significant volume of global diamond and gold jewellery
production, resulting in the improvement of business practices in the diamond and gold jewellery supply chain, and provide a community of confidence among our Members."