The British Jewellers’ Association (BJA) has announced the launch of its Jewellers Social Responsibility (JSR) framework, aimed at SMEs working in the UK jewellery industry.
The JSR framework aims to outline the ways in which the basic principles of corporate social responsibility (CSR) can be adapted and adopted by small to medium sized jewellery business and incorporate it into their own operations.
Simon Rainer, Chief Executive of the British Jewellers’ Association, said: “What I have seen in my visits and meetings with BJA members is their growing willingness to engage with socially responsible business practices.
“Many are undertaking basic CSR concepts without fully realising the journey they have started. What the JSR framework provides is an easy to follow, jewellery industry specific step by step guide to install a complete programme.
The JSR framework explains in detail the required engagement with supply chain due diligence, industry regulation, staff, suppliers, local community and the environment.
Rainer said: “Ultimately, it will come down to ‘what’s in it for me?’ and the JSR framework explains how companies will reap competitive advantage in developing unique attributes for their businesses which will be recognized by all.
“Our main aim for the BJA membership and the industry as a whole is to help companies grow their businesses. What better way than to future proof them against the growing tide of regulation, and consumer discernment on where they choose to buy their jewellery.”
The BJA has been supported by Professor Marylyn Carrigan, director at Coventry University’s Centre for Business in Society, in creating the JSR framework.
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