A. On RJC Reporting Requirements:
As an RJC (certified) Member, you are expected to communicate about your RJC policies (as a general information) and – on a yearly basis- on progress achieved against the various RJC standards (under the form of an annual report).
2. Compliance: :
RJC Members can fulfill this obligation by inserting either a section in their website under a ‘Sustainability and Social Responsibility’ heading, or by adding a click-through message on their home page (“For more information on our sustainability and social responsibility programmes, click here”. The ‘click here’ (hyperlink) mention then leads to a separate page with the following suggested text (or an adaptation thereof).
3. Sustainability and Social Responsibility
Our company is a (Certified) Member of Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) since (date of membership or certification) with certification number (xxxx,if certified). As such, we comply with all standards requested under the Code of Practices (COP) 2019. The COP provides a common standard for ethical, social, human rights and environmental practices, and certification against it is mandatory for all RJC commercial members. COP certification provides a strong system for assuring stakeholders, shareholders, customers and business partners that a company conducts its business responsibly. This adds value to our company’s products and help us to protect and enhance our brands. More importantly, COP certification reduces risks and vulnerabilities in our company’s supply chain and improves management systems and operating procedures to strengthen the business and make it more sustainable. It simultaneously leads to better social and environmental conditions within the broader industry, bringing positive impacts for workers, communities and environments alike. If you would like to know more about our RJC sustainability programme, the various policies against which our company has been independently audited and our yearly updated RJC Report, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
On May 25th, 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been enforced. This regulation is designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy. It has implications for all businesses processing personal data, including businesses active in the precious metals and stones sector. The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) applies to anybody who is processing personal data. Personal data is any information that relates to a human being, whether you know that person (“identified”) or whether you may be able to identify that person by using an identification number, cookies or any other specific characteristics or details of that person (“identifiable”). In other words, the definition of “personal data” is very wide and covers almost any information that can be connected to an individual. Accordingly, as a professional in the precious metals and stones sector, you will need to apply the GDPR in case you process personal data of your employees, your customers, your suppliers or anyone else. Therefore, you must keep in mind that, even when you do not use their personal data to specifically target customers (for example, by sending advertisements), the GDPR will still likely be applicable to you since you collect personal data during your professional activities. Under RJC’s COP 1 (Legal Obligations) RJC Members are also expected to comply with this regulation and to publicly make available their policy on this issue.