Member Press Releases

Silver added to RJCs Chain of Custody certification

07 Feb 2020

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has released a revised version of their Chain of Custody (CoC) standard that will allow RJC members to become certified for their silver supply chain, in addition to gold and platinum group metals

The global standard-setting and certification organisation for the entire jewellery supply chain has announced the expansion of its CoC standard scope to include silver. RJC’s voluntary CoC standard was established in 2012, aiming to support claims for responsibly sourced jewellery materials, produced, processed and traded through the supply chain. It was relaunched in 2017 to incorporate changes including the due-diligence requirements that align with Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) five-step framework.

Companies in the jewellery and watch supply chain which trade in silver can now join the RJC and become certified against the mandatory Code of Practice standard as well as the voluntary Chain of Custody standard.

Around 150 certifications have been issued since the first CoC standard was launched. It’s available to all RJC members who have been certified against the RJC’s Code of Practices.

An updated version of the Chain of Custody standard is now available to RJC members.

Chairman of The Responsible Jewellery Council, David Bouffard said,

“We are proud to be welcoming silver into our precious metal range. Our standard offers a tool for RJC member companies to provide third-party certified traceability for silver, and reliable evidence of the source of material used. We believe this new addition will open doors for existing and new members to become certified against the Chain of Custody standard - and we look forward to welcoming them as RJC members.”

Executive Director of The Responsible Jewellery Council, Iris Van der Veken said,

“Product integrity is at the heart of consumer confidence. Our standards are designed to support RJC members, each step of the way. We have self-assessment toolkits, supportive documentation including standard guidance, contractor assessments, and a dedicated team to guide our members on their journey towards certification and continuous improvement.”

For NAJ Members wishing to be audited against the CoC standard for your silver supply chain, RJC instructs you to contact one of the RJC accredited audit firms, such as UL who offer NAJ memebrs a 20% discount and book your independent third party audit.

Existing RJC members who would like to know how to incorporate silver into their current CoC certification can contact consultation@responsiblejewellery.com.

Source: The Responsible Jewellery Council