The World Diamond Council (WDC) and Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) have entered a cross-membership partnership and signed mutual codes of conduct. The two leading diamond and jewelry industry organizations are dedicated to the adoption of responsible business practices across the supply chain.
An official from either organization will join the other. The RJC official joining the WDC's Kimberley Process Task Force (KP) will join the conversation on expanding the definition of conflict diamonds, responsible diamond sourcing, and the global adoption of the WDC’s revised System of Warranties (SoW). Meanwhile, the official from the WDC will join the RJC's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Task Force.
“Partnering with RJC creates exciting opportunities for our industry. Since 2000, WDC’s entire purpose has been to preserve the integrity of the natural diamond, and that of the industry that mines, manufactures, and sells it, says Edward Asscher, WDC President. “This agreement not only means an increased understanding of the role played by the Kimberley Process and the critical governance that it provides, but it also strengthens our industry’s reputation, as a business sector dedicated to improving the lives of all our members, stakeholders, communities and countries.”
Both appointments will take place with immediate effect.