A question of integrity

Recent research by the humanitarian group the Humans Rights Watch has found that many companies are over-reliant on the Responsible Jewellery Council for their human rights due diligence. LEWIS CATCHPOLE delves a little deeper

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has in recent years positioned itself as a leader for responsible business in the jewellery industry, but a piece of research published in February by the non-governmental human rights organisation, the Human Rights Watch (HRW), takes issue with the RJC’s governance, standards, and certification systems. Despite what HRW regards as some shortcomings, many jewellery companies use RJC certification to present their gold and diamonds as ‘responsible’, despite variation in what membership of the organisation actually means from firm to firm.

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