The ruby mine in Greenland now begins the RJC certification process
(PRESS RELEASE – Courtesy of Responsible Jewellery Council)
July 30, 2019: Greenland Ruby announces that it has become the first colored gem miner to join the Responsible Jewellery Council. The company, with a head office in Nuuk, Greenland, has embarked on the process of becoming certified against RJC’s Code of Practices, which defines responsible, social and environmental business practices for companies in the jewelry supply chain.
Once Greenland Ruby has completed a self-assessment, the company’s practices will be audited by an independent, RJC-accredited auditor, who reports the results to RJC. Following a technical review, RJC can issue Greenland Ruby a certification for either one or three years, depending on whether the auditors find significant practices on which the company need to improve. Greenland Ruby will then be re-audited on a regular basis after that.
In April 2019, RJC released a revised Code of Practices Standard, which for the first time expanded its scope to include the colored gemstones ruby, emerald, and sapphire. This paved the way for Greenland Ruby to join. Greenland Ruby’s mine produces both ruby and pink sapphire.
RJC helps companies of all sizes, throughout the jewelry supply chain, meet the rising ethical demands of peers, consumers, financial institutions, and civil society. Adoption of and adherence to the RJC’s Code of Practices presents a gateway to sustainable growth for businesses throughout the jewelry supply chain, from mine to retail.
Greenland Ruby’s listing on the RJC website is below.
“We’re delighted to begin the process of becoming certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council,” says Greenland Ruby Vice President Sales and Marketing Hayley Henning. “It has been Greenland Ruby’s aim, since it began mining in 2017, to become an RJC member. With the expansion of the material scope to include colored gems in the RJC’s revised Code of Practices, it now enables us to assess our practices. By achieving RJC certification, Greenland Ruby will confirm our commitment to responsible business practices. We look forward to beginning this process and hope to encourage other colored gem mining operations to become certified, too.”
About Greenland Ruby
Greenland Ruby was established in 2016, and soon after was granted its exploitation license by the Greenland government. Greenland Ruby’s sister company, LNS Greenland, is the operator of the mine. The mine opened in May 2017. Greenland Ruby has its head office in Nuuk; with sales and marketing offices in New York; as well as operations in Bangkok; Copenhagen; and Mo I Rana, Norway. www.GreenlandRuby.gl.
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About Responsible Jewellery Council
The Responsible Jewellery Council is an international not-for-profit standards and certification organisation. It has more than 1,100 member companies that span the jewellery supply chain from mine to retail. RJC Members commit to and are independently audited against the RJC Code of Practices – an international standard on responsible business practices for diamonds, gold, platinum group metals, silver, and certain colored gems, including ruby, emerald, and sapphire. The Code of Practices addresses human rights, labour rights, environmental impact, mining practices, product disclosure and many more important topics in the jewellery supply chain. RJC also works with multi-stakeholder initiatives on responsible sourcing and supply chain due diligence. The RJC’s Chain-of-Custody Certification for precious metals supports these initiatives and can be used as a tool to deliver broader Member and stakeholder benefit.
The RJC is a Full Member of the ISEAL Alliance – the global association for sustainability standards. For more information on RJC Members, Certification, and Standards please visit https://www.responsiblejewellery.com/
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