News Release originally published on the Responsible Jewellery Council website
LONDON - The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) announced today that Rio Tinto, the leading international mining group headquartered in the UK and a Founder Member of the Council, is the first mining company to achieve certification by meeting the highest ethical, social and environmental standards established by the RJC’s Member Certification system.
The certification, which follows an independent audit, covers Rio Tinto’s diamond mines; Diavik in Canada, Argyle in Western Australia and Murowa in Zimbabwe; and Kennecott Utah Copper (KUC) which produces gold and silver used in the jewellery industry.
“RJC warmly congratulates Rio Tinto on becoming the first certified mining company. Rio Tinto’s RJC Member Certification results from a successful verification assessment conducted by KPMG, one of the independent third-party auditing firms accredited to the RJC’s Member Certification system. Rio Tinto currently occupies a unique position within the international mining industry of being the only certified gold and diamond miner,” says Michael Rae, RJC’s Chief Executive Officer.
Harry Kenyon-Slaney, Rio Tinto’s chief executive, Diamonds and Minerals, says, “We support stakeholders’ demands for greater transparency and appreciate that people want to know that the jewellery they buy has been mined responsibly and ethically. As a founding member of the RJC, Rio Tinto is proud that our commitment to sustainability, integrity and environmental stewardship has been recognised and that we are the first mining company to receive this recognition from the RJC.”
Neither Rio Tinto’s Bunder diamond project in India nor Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia have been included within the audit because they are not yet in commercial production and don’t supply the jewellery industry.
Rio Tinto has committed to the RJC that both projects are being developed in accordance with responsible ethical, social and environmental practices which respect human rights, in line with Rio Tinto’s own internal policies and processes. These policies and processes are themselves aligned with the RJC’s Code of Practice.
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Mila Bonini, Communications Manager, Responsible Jewellery Council
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