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Responsible Jewellery Council Certification

Audits from Refiner to Retail

Catherine Hansen   |  
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Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) Certification promotes trust in the global fine jewelry industry by assuring companies are adhering to responsible business practices. RJC Certification requires independent third-party auditing by RJC accredited auditors to verify that a Member’s management systems and performance conform to the RJC Code of Practices. The certification is applicable for gold, silver, PGMs, diamonds, and gemstone supply chains.


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  • RJC Code of Practices (COP): RJC’s mandatory certification for all commercial RJC Members. Members are required to meet the COP within two years of joining RJC. The COP is a multi-attribute standard that evaluates supply chain, business ethics, labor and human rights, health and safety, environmental performance, and management systems.
  • RJC Chain-of-Custody (CoC): As a Member benefit, RJC’s voluntary Chain-of-Custody certification may be used to support additional responsible sourcing efforts as desired. Meeting the COP standard requirements is a prerequisite for CoC certification.

SCS is accredited to conduct RJC Code of Practices and Chain-of-Custody verification assessments globally. To see SCS's auditor coverage click here.  

  • Process
  • Program Details
  • Benefits
  • Program Documents
  1. Become a Member of RJC
  2. Scoping and Project Initiation:
    • Client and SCS confirm scope of project.
    • Client signs Work Order and returns to SCS to initiate project.
  3. Data Collection
    • SCS provides an overview of project milestones.
    • Client prepares for the audit by completing a Self-Assessment against the Code of Practices or the Chain-of-Custody Standard.
    • SCS works with client to clarify Self-Assessment requirements.
  4. Audit
    • SCS requires an onsite audit of a select number of facilities to verify the client has systems in place that conform to the requirements defined in the applicable RJC Standard.
    • Cost will vary according to the size of the business, the types of risks, and the areas where the business operates.
  5. Reporting
    • Auditor reviews data and findings from the audit and writes a report for the client’s approval.
  6. Certification Decision
    • Upon successful RJC Verification, SCS will submit our Statement of Conformance to the RJC, who will then determine certification status of the client.
    • Certified RJC members are issued a unique RJC Certification number which is made publicly available on the RJC website.
  7. Certification Maintenance
    • Certification period is for three years, or for a one year transitional period.
    • If applicable, a Mid-Term Review (Code of Practices) or Surveillance Audit (Chain-of-Custody Standard) will be conducted during the certification period to verify that the certified Member’s system continues to work effectively.
    • At the end of the certification period, a Re-Certification Audit is required to renew the Member’s certification.

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