Responsible Jewellery Council and Solidaridad announce collaboration based on Solidaridad's pilot project for better practices at industrial gold mines
LONDON – The Responsible Jewellery Council and non-profit organization Solidaridad have announced that they will collaborate on activities that support their shared goal of ensuring better, more transparent and accountable practices throughout the gold supply chain. This includes joining forces to encourage broader participation in RJC by companies in the Global South.
A key focus will be Solidaridad’s new pilot project that uses RJC’s Code of Practices and Chain-of-Custody standard as tools for improving practices at industrial gold mines. In addition, the collaboration aims to develop case studies, stakeholder presentations and evaluations that can strengthen uptake and impact of the RJC standards.
Solidaridad, an international non-profit organisation with a focus on sustainable trade, has developed a pilot project to test an innovative approach for decreasing the risks and increasing the benefits of industrial gold mining for people and the environment. In keeping with its approach in other commodity programmes, Solidaridad will ask mining companies to meet internationally-recognized standards for responsible social and environmental practices and verify those practices through independent audits. Solidaridad has selected the Responsible Jewellery Council Code of Practices as the standard in the project. This was based on the outcome of a 2010 comparison study of standards used by the mining industry in which RJC ranked the highest.