The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has released its second discussion paper on Chain-of-Custody Certification, for public comment. The purpose of this paper is to seek feedback on proposals for RJC to develop Chain-of-Custody Certification in the jewelry supply chain for diamonds, gold and platinum metals.
The proposed RJC Chain-of-Custody Certification System aims to enable businesses to demonstrate rigorous assurance for responsible supply chains. Importantly, it would allow for on-product RJC certification of tracked diamonds, gold and/or platinum metals in jewelry products for consumer sale. It is hoped that the RJC Chain-of-Custody Certification System could be launched in 2012.
Currently, RJC Member Certification enables claims about responsible business practices at the level of that business. RJC Chain-of-Custody Certification, when combined with RJC Member Certification, would enable product-related claims about responsible supply chains to be made to consumers.
By implementing chain-of-custody management systems, businesses could show their customers the provenance of the material in their products, including through voluntary use of the RJC Certified Product label.
The proposed RJC Chain-of-Custody Certification System represents the first attempt to develop a large-scale initiative of this scope for the jewelry industry, according to RJC. The certification system would encompass tracking of eligible material and conditions for responsible business practices, and would be applicable internationally and across the supply chain from production to retail. The requirements to achieve certification would not be prescriptive; businesses would establish their own management systems to suit the nature and scale of their activities and deliver the required performance. Businesses wishing to become certified would be audited by RJC-accredited, independent, third party auditors.
An initial draft Standard has been laid out in some detail, to help facilitate concrete discussion about design and implementation issues. The draft Standard aims to strike a balance between commercially realistic requirements and the critical objective of supply chain integrity.
The RJC says it welcomes input on how the proposal could be further improved and is providing a four month public comment period for stakeholder review of this paper, until 31 January 2011.
To read the discussion paper, click on the image below: