The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) today formally launches its new Code of Practices, and also celebrates a milestone of over 300 of its members achieving the Certified Member level, and now accounting for more than two-thirds of its growing membership.
Fairtrade International published its new Standards and Premiums for gold, silver and precious metals to help grow the market for small-scale miners around the world and deliver an ethical and responsible source of gold for the jewellery trade.
Input is being actively solicited for the second round of consultation on the review of the FAIRMINED Standard for Gold from Artisanal and Small-scale Mining, including associated precious metals. The consultation closes 15 September.
ISEAL associate member Equitable Origin (EO), the first stakeholder-based, independent social and environmental certification for the oil and gas industry, invites public comment on a proposed amendment to the EO100™ Standard relating to security and human rights in the oil and gas sector. The consultation closes on 14 October.
IIED and the UK-based responsible mining and sourcing consultancy Estelle Levin Ltd. co-authored a paper entitled Scaling-up certification in artisanal and small-scale mining: Innovations for inclusivity. Here co-author Caren Holzman shares their findings on how mining certification can take its learnings from the leading agriculture schemes.
This webinar presents an overview of different standards initiatives operating in extractives, a critical sector for improving good practices. Responsible Jewellery Council, Equitable Origin and Alliance for Responsible Mining sit on the panel and answer questions about the major challenges and opportunities for standards.
IUCN is a quasi-governmental international organisation with over 1,000 staff. It was founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization and today is the largest professional global conservation network. IUCN is a leading authority on the environment and sustainable development. Its key activity areas are standard-setting, capacity building and policy with a focus on aquaculture, aluminium, forestry, tourism and extractives.
A recent publication by labour and environmental groups including United Steelworkers and Earthworks criticises Responsible Jewellery Council. In June 2011 RJC became the first certification system in the mining sector to achieve ISEAL associate membership, meeting entry level criteria and demonstrating their scope was in alignment with ISEAL’s Credibility Principles. In June of 2012, RJC achieved full ISEAL membership through their compliance with the ISEAL Standard-Setting Code.
More and more we at ISEAL are asked the question about whether there is activity happening in responsible mining and what standards are being developed through multi-stakeholder processes. Here is a primer for the curious…