Responsible Jewellery Council announces updated Chain of Custody Standard
Author: Lewis Catchpole, Jewellery Focus, Published on: 24 January 2018
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announced the launch of its new Chain of Custody Standard (CoC). The CoC standard was launched in 2012 as a voluntary standard for creating a chain of custody for precious metals that are responsibly produced, processed and traded through jewellery supply chains, and that are third party assured at every stage. This follows a review initiated in August 2016, involving three rounds of public consultation, input from over 150 industry and non-industry stakeholders... Revised due diligence requirements have been developed, and the CoC Guidance document has new sections. These changes bring the CoC into alignment with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas for gold and platinum group metals. Important clarifications have been made to the criteria on eligibility of CoC material to make it more practical for today’s supply chains, for example, on how to source eligible e-waste... Certification against the new standard will begin from April 1 2018.