Silver bullions, coins and jewellery
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has added another key sector to its remit by expanding its material scope to include silver, the organisation announced in a statement.
RJC's expansion into the silver supply chain comes after years of working with leading companies in the precious metal supply chains, addressing issues found in the diamond, gold and platinum group metals supply chain.
Andrew Bone, the organisation's executive director, said: "It is a natural progression for the RJC to include the silver sector, furthering our goal to become a fully integrated jewellery supply chain initiative. The expansion allows us to use the expertise we have gathered through our longstanding work across other precious metal supply chains and will help us better support a sustainable and ethical silver industry."
Wilfried Hoerner, chairman of RJC's Board of Directors, added: "By extending the material scope for RJC certification, more businesses in the jewellery supply chain will now be able to confidently demonstrate their commitment to responsible business practices through certification against the RJC standards. We are really pleased to be able to welcome the silver supply chain to our growing community of confidence."
The addition of silver to RJC's scope will enable the organisation to better support
a sustainable and ethical silver industry
Information relevant to the silver supply chain will be included in RJC's Code of Practices (COP) standard. The COP defines responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices for businesses operating in the diamond, gold and/or platinum group metals, coloured gemstones and now silver. The full integration of silver into the COP is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
A not-for-profit, standards setting and certification organisation, the RJC has more than 1,000 member companies that span the jewellery supply chain from mine to retail. Achieving RJC certification highlights companies' commitment to the highest standards in ethical and sustainable practices, said the organisation.
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