Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) renewed an agreement to strengthen their
collaboration in promoting and facilitating responsible-jewelry supply chains.
ARM and RJC said they share objectives to promote
responsible precious-metals supply
chains and will continue working together to ensure their standards and
assurance models are “mutually supportive.”
Joint goals include improving social, environmental and
labor practices; enhancing relationships among large-scale mining and artisanal and
small-scale mining; and increasing responsible artisanal and small-scale miners’ access to the precious
Both organizations also see “exciting” opportunities for the
artisanal and small-scale mining sector’s greater participation in responsible
global supply chains and said they will work with stakeholders to realize that
ARM and RJC have also aligned various aspects of their assurance systems.
These include allowing joint Fairmined and RJC Chain-of-Custody audits for
companies who participate in both certification schemes to reduce audit burden.