Alrosa certified by Responsible Jewellery Council

Russian diamond producer Alrosa has become a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) following an audit of its mining and business practices.

The RJC is an international not-for-profit standards-setting and certification organisation which promotes a responsible worldwide supply chain and promotes trust in the global fine jewellery and watch industry.

RJC certification provides companies engaged in the diamond, gold and platinum group metals supply chain with the means to demonstrate their commitment to ethical behavior and responsible business practices.

The RJC visited Alrosa’s main production sites in Mirny, Aikhal and Udachny, as well as the its subsidiaries Alrosa-Nyurba, Almazy Anabara and Severalmaz, and its diamond sorting centres.

The visits were part of a months-long sustainability audit that looked into the world’s top diamond producers’ social responsibility, environmental protection, and ethical principles of business, including anti-corruption, respect for human rights, and ensuring decent working conditions.

Once the RJC was certain that the miner’s practices were in compliance with the organisation’s 2013 Code of Practices it issued the certification, granting the maximum time period of three years.

Andrew Bone, executive director of the RJC, said: “RJC warmly congratulates Alrosa on achieving certification against 2013 Code of Practices. It address important issues for our members and their supply chain. We are delighted to see major diamond business influencers supporting our course for a sustainable and transparent supply chain and responsible sourcing.”

Sergey Ivanov, Alrosa president, said: “Once again Alrosa proved its compliance with the high standards of responsible business conduct. We are proud that our work has been highly appreciated by independent experts and in accordance with the highest industry standard, we will continue to make efforts to be one of the leaders in social and environmental responsibility, upholding the trust in the whole of the diamond supply chain.”

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