RAPAPORT… The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has been accepted as a full member of the ISEAL Alliance, which is a global association for sustainability standards.
“RJC is very proud to have achieved full ISEAL membership, as part of a new generation of standards addressing sectors outside of agriculture with business-relevant approaches. Through our journey to ISEAL full membership, RJC’s multi-stakeholder standards-setting procedures have been found to be credible, robust and transparent,” said Matt Runci, RJC’s chairman.
RJC joins 11 other ISEAL full members who are a leading sustainability standards and accreditation bodies, which have demonstrated an ability to meet the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice.
“Inclusion of RJC in ISEAL represents a new and important sector in which credible standards such as those developed by RJC can greatly contribute to sustainable development,” said Rik Kutsch Lojenga, ISEAL’s board chair.
ISEAL’s mission is to define good practices for sustainability standards, and to distinguish and promote credible standards. Sustainability standards are one of the most innovative tools to transform practices in sectors as diverse as agriculture, fishing, forestry and the jewelry sector.
RJC stated that since its establishment in 2005, it has worked in the jewelry supply chain to promote responsible business practices, and has developed and grown a successful certification system for the sector. The council is an international not-for-profit organisation bringing together more than 370 member companies.
“We are now working with other ISEAL members and stakeholders on evaluating our impact and scaling up the use of certification standards as tools for achieving sustainable development,” Runci stated.