The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announced its expansion of its material scope to include silver.
This expansion adds another key sector to the RJC’s remit, helping the council to widen its authority and reputation across the industry.
The expansion of the RJC into the silver supply chain comes after years working with leading companies in the precious metal supply chains, addressing issues found in the diamond, gold and platinum group metals supply chain.
Information relevant to the silver supply chain will be included in the RJC’s Code of Practices (COP) standard.
The full integration of silver into the COP is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Andrew Bone, executive director of the RJC, said: “It is a natural progression for the RJC to include the silver sector, furthering our goal to become a fully integrated jewellery supply chain initiative.
“The expansion allows us to use the expertise we have gathered through our longstanding work across other precious metal supply chains and will help us better support a sustainable and ethical silver industry.”