1. Responsible Jewellery Council Certification (RJC)
Already a member since 2005, Chaumet became the 10th certified member
LONDON – 9 June, 2011
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) announced that Chaumet, the French jewellery house, has achieved certification meeting the ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards as established by the RJC’s Member Certification System.
“Chaumet is proud to have achieved this important certification. We strongly believe in setting high quality and common standards for the manufacturing supply chain, and we look forward to actively working together with the Responsible Jewellery Council and its member organisations in order to encourage responsible practices throughout the jewellery industry, on an international basis,” says Thierry Fritsch, Chaumet’s Chief Executive Officer.
The Responsible Jewellery Council is an international not-for-profit organisation bringing together more than 300 member companies committed to promoting responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices in a transparent and accountable manner throughout the jewellery industry from mine to retail. Their commitment aims to reinforce consumer and stakeholder confidence in diamond, gold and platinum metals jewellery products. The Council has developed the RJC Member Certification System, a certification system – which will apply to all Members’ businesses that contribute to the diamond, gold and platinum metals jewellery supply chain. All Commercial Members of the RJC are required to be audited by accredited, third party auditors to verify their conformance with the RJC’s Code of Practices and become certified under the RJC Member Certification System. A full list of its Members can be found on the web at www.responsiblejewellery.com
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2. The Kimberley process
The Kimberley process, which has been in practice since 2003 and adopted by over 75 countries, is a joint government, industry and civil society initiative to stem the flow of rough diamonds coming from conflict zones, defined as such by the United Nations.
The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) guarantees with a certificate that each rough diamond that crosses an international border between two signing countries are ”conflict-free”.
Chaumet certifies that all of its diamonds are cut by legitimate sources and that they are not involved in armed conflicts, in compliance with the United Nations’ resolutions, on the basis of written guarantees produced by its suppliers.
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3. The protection of bees
International experts have been observing the worrying disappearance of bees over the past ten years. According to Einstein’s famous quote “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then Man would only have four years left to live.”
Chaumet resolutely commits to protecting bees with the “Save the Bees” operation, in partnership with the Terre d’Abeilles association.
Each bee jewel from the Attrape-moi... si tu m’aimes Collection by Chaumet supports the association’s efforts to promote bees’ environmental benefits and campaign for a UNESCO world heritage status for the Black Bee.
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