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Signet Responsible Sourcing Protocol

Third-Party Verification for Diamonds, Gold, and the 3Ts to Ensure a Conflict-Free Supply Chain

Catherine Hansen   |  
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The Signet Responsible Sourcing Protocol (SRSP) is a guide for Signet suppliers to ensure that all products which include diamonds, gold, tin, tungsten, and tantalum provided to Signet are conflict-free. Compliance with Signet’s SRSPs is an annual requirement for all Signet suppliers. Suppliers will be notified of the requirement for an audit by the SRSP Project Team on a representative sample basis, in accordance with the SRSP audit policy. SRSP is a pathway to additional jewelry certifications—ask us about bundling discounts.

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SCS is a Signet-approved partner for SRSP verification. Our auditors guide suppliers through all aspects of the verification process. Upon successful verification, suppliers receive an SCS-issued certificate to convey compliance to their customers without divulging sensitive supply-chain information. The protocol itself supports the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas and has followed this guidance in the development and implementation of the SRSP. Compliance with the SRSP requires all suppliers to follow the same procedures in conducting due diligence on their own supply chains.

All suppliers of jewelry to Signet are required to undertake due diligence on their own supply chains and have it audited in accordance with the OECD’s Due Diligence Guidance 5-step framework to ensure that these supplies are responsibly managed and are “conflict-free” and sourced with respect for human rights.

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  1. Scoping and Project Initiation:
    • Client and SCS confirm scope of project.
    • Client signs Work Order and returns to SCS to initiate project.
  2. Data Collection
    • SCS provides an overview of project milestones.
    • SCS Auditor works with client to collect necessary data.
  3. Verification
    • Auditor reviews data and drafts report for client approval.
    • Upon successful SRSP Verification, SCS will notify Signet of the client’s compliance to the SRSP. The client will then receive SCS certificates and logos.
  4. Verification Maintenance
    • Compliance with SRSP is required annually.
    • Audits of suppliers are requested by the SRSP Project Team based on a representative sample basis.

Timeline: Verification takes on average 3 – 8 weeks to complete from signed Work Order through to final decision. Onsite audits*, if required, are typically one-day audits.

*If sufficient risks or gaps are found, SCS reserves the right to conduct an onsite audit of relevant corporate offices or manufacturing sites.

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