RJC Launches Sustainable Development Goals Taskforce

Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) launched an Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Taskforce to create a unified platform to benchmark members’ progress in the implementation of the 17 UN SDGs.

The UN SDGs are a call to action for all countries, organisations and people to come together in partnership to achieve a more sustainable and fairer future for all.

The SDG Taskforce includes 26 leaders of the global jewellery industry together with the representatives of NGOs, other trade organisations and academia who will convene on a regular basis to drive change and track progress throughout the supply chain – from mining to retail. The Taskforce will report on progress made within member companies and the industry through the annual RJC Progress Report and updates will be published to a dedicated web page (http://responsiblejewellery.com/sdg-taskforce/).

Iris Van der Veken, Executive Director of Responsible Jewellery Council, said: “The launch of the RJC SDG Taskforce signals a monumental shift in the industry and is an exciting milestone for the global jewellery and watch industry.”

The SDG Taskforce will establish an SDG Action Platform to coordinate the efforts of the industry, launch a global library of best practices, build a unified reporting framework based on existing international best practices, and further develop new ways and ideas to implement the 17 UN SDGs within the watch and jewellery industry.

“Nothing is more important than the continuous improvement in the integrity of the global jewellery supply chain to help strengthen consumer confidence and underpin its future with greater trust. That is why the RJC SDG Taskforce is critical to the future of our industry,” said David Bouffard, Chair of RJC.

The SDG Taskforce consists of 26 members and the Executive Director of RJC and is co-chaired by Feriel Zerouki, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, De Beers Group, and Matthew Kilgarriff, Director CSR, Richemont, with strategic guidance provided by Georg Kell, founder and former Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact.

RJC SDG Taskforce leadership and members:

  • Co-Chair: De Beers Group
  • Co-Chair: Richemont
  • Strategic Advisor: Georg Kell, Arabesque
  • Alrosa Group
  • Antwerp Management School
  • Aurum Monaco SAM
  • Berker Bros Ltd
  • BV Chinai & Co
  • C.Hafner GmbH & Co.KG
  • Color Merchants, Inc
  • Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie
  • Gemological Institute of America
  • Hermès Jewelry
  • Natural Diamond Council
  • Pinkcity Jewel House P. Ltd
  • Potentate Mining LLC
  • Richline Group
  • Rosy Blue N.V.
  • Signet Jewelers
  • Star Rays
  • The Gem and Jewellery Institute of Thailand
  • World Diamond Council
  • World Gold Council
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