The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) have announced the certification of Diamonds Direct LLC as meeting the highest ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards which are established by the RJC. Diamond Direct is now certified against the newest standards, the 2013 RJC Code of Practises.
We were pleased to be asked by the management of Diamonds Direct to help them prepare for the audit, which was carried out by UL Responsible Sourcing. The RJC Code of Practices and associated standards for provenance claims, is a tough standard to meet, especially for small businesses. Sometimes, smaller operations just need a little help to de-mystify the standard and guide them through the maze of auditing and auditors requests. This is exactly what the Dragonfly Initiative was established to do. Our purpose is to help businesses in the jewellery supply chain meet and benefit from their corporate social responsibility commitments.
TDI supported Diamonds Direct to ensure the audit went smoothly and that the required evidence to support their application for certification was prepared, organised and readily available to the auditor. TDI conducted a physical mock-audit on site and advised Diamonds Direct on how to demonstrate their compliance with each standard effectively.
The TDI has a long track-record of success in helping clients to achieve their policy goals and targets. Our team has subject-matter experts in standards for the jewellery industry and precious mineral supply chain, including the RJC, Fairtrade, Fairmined, Conflict minerals and OECD guidance and a number of emerging initiatives. The TDI team can support both clients and auditors on how to respond to current issues in natural resource development and supply chain management.
I am delighted that Diamonds Direct has successfully achieved RJC COP certification. Diamonds Direct is a progressive company, with committed employees who strive for the highest ethical standards in all that they do. It was a pleasure to work with them to meet their goal of RJC certification and I congratulate them on this achievement.
TDI’s team of experts includes Dr. Paul Mitchell, who has a special interest in regulatory and legislative regimes and extensive experience of carrying out desktop and site audits and assessments. Assheton Carter, who for the last 25 years has been working with businesses, governments and standard setters to build appropriate best practices and strengthen compliance systems and corporate CSR strategies. Vivien Johnston is TDI’s jewellery supply-chain expert, with in-depth experience of balancing commercial objectives and incorporating responsible supply chain strategies.
To enquire about how TDI can help your business achieve its full potential contact us now.
Vivien Johnston, Partner and Project Manager, The Dragonfly Initiative