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RJC urges industry leaders to adopt sustainable change

The trade association published a letter addressed to jewellery business leaders asking them to adopt eco-friendly practices going into 2021

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has published an open letter to jewellery industry leaders, urging them adopt sustainable practices within their businesses.

Last year, the trade association stated its “decade of action” in its bid to reach its ‘17 Sustainable Development Goals’, an initiative set up to combat climate-change related disasters.

Among the trends which the RJC emphasised would be prominent in eco-friendly business practices going forward are embracing the circular economy, making changes to supply chains and normalising environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting in the industry.

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Iris Van der Veken, the council’s executive director, said: “The past year has been a year of reckoning, reflection and reassessing how we relate to one another and to the planet. There is a lot that has been said about the changes this unprecedented year has brought and also about the next normal that seems to be on the not-so-distant horizon.

“Among all of this, I am convinced of the centrality of a value that has taken on enormous significance and holds true in more ways than we had probably imagined before the pandemic began – interconnectedness.”

She added: “This is why I feel our industry will do well, we are a global family of businesses who have always been interdependent in bringing products to the consumer that are pure emotion and trust.

“Of the many lessons that have emerged from this turbulent year, one rang true across the globe – we are all in this together.”

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