Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announced the launch of a new SDG Taskforce which will aim at creating a unified platform to benchmark members’ progress in the implementation of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).resporespo
The SDG taskforce includes 26 leaders of the global jewellery industry together with the representatives of NGOs, other trade organisations and academia who will convene on a regular basis to drive change and track progress throughout the supply chain.
The taskforce will report on progress made within member companies and the industry through the annual RJC Progress Report.
Iris Van der Veken, executive director of Responsible Jewellery Council, said: “15 years ago RJC had a vision to transform the jewellery and watch industry to be more responsible and sustainable.
“The launch of the RJC SDG Taskforce signals a monumental shift in the industry and is an exciting milestone for the global jewellery and watch industry.”
Additionally, the new taskforce will establish an SDG action platform to coordinate the efforts of the industry and launch a global library of best practices.
It will also build a unified reporting framework based on existing international best practices, and further develop new ways and ideas to implement the 17 UN SDGs within the watch and jewellery industry.
The SDG Taskforce consists of 26 members and the executive director of RJC and is co-chaired by Feriel Zerouki, senior VP, corporate affairs, De Beers Group, and Matthew Kilgarriff, director corporate social responsibility, Richemont.
The taskforce also features strategic guidance by Georg Kell, founder and former executive director of the United Nations Global Compact.
David Bouffard, chair of Responsible Jewellery Council, added: “Nothing is more important than the continuous improvement in the integrity of the global jewellery supply chain to help strengthen consumer confidence and underpin its future with greater trust.
“I would like to thank Georg Kell, for his continuing strategic guidance and it is an honour to welcome the co-chairs, Feriel Zerouki and Matthew Kilgarriff, and all 26 members. Together, we can ensure people around the world will continue to hold jewellery close to their hearts for centuries to come.”