The MOU will work to further advance responsible business practices among all sectors of the jewellery supply chain and including the use of CSR education programmes developed by CIBJO, as well as the chain of custody certification programmes developed by RJC.
The MOU reflects the willingness of both organisations to collaborate on efforts to establish a solid understanding and commitment from the jewellery industry and improve its performance in the crucial areas of human rights and ethical business practices.
A MOU working group will be established to oversee the execution of the agreement, headed by Gaetano Cavalieri, CIBJO president and James Courage, RJC chairman. Both will appoint two representatives from their respective organisations to help address the collaboration between the two companies.
Dr Cavalieri said: “Our goal is to address proper business practise in the very broadest sense, and together CIBJO and RJC are able to provide comprehensive solutions,” “The prime beneficiaries of this agreement need to be the greater jewellery industry, jewellery consumers and all of our stakeholders to the very grass-roots level.”
Courage added: “I am personally very pleased to be working with CIBJO and its President Gaetano Cavalieri and to be part of the MOU working group. I am sure there will be positive outcomes from this collaboration for the jewellery industry.”