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Board Additions Boost Industry Involvement As RJC Holds Virtual AGM

RJC Chair David Bouffard speaks at the AGM while Executive
Director Iris Van der Veken looks on

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) held its first virtual annual general meeting (AGM) this week, appointing a series of new board members. The event was broadcast to all RJC member companies globally from Chatham House in London on May 14.

During the meeting, RJC Chair David A. Bouffard announced a series of appointments to the RJC board of directors and its standards, assurance and communications committees. 

The newly appointed board members will represent their respective forum in the jewellery supply chain, from mine to retail. The new appointments are:

  • James Pounds from Dominion Diamond Corporation and Nelson Zarzosa from Minera Sotrami S.A who will be representing the diamond, gold and/or platinum group metals producer forum
  • Michael Steinmetz from Leo Schachter Diamonds LLC will represent the diamond traders, cutters and polishers forum
  • Gregory Magid from Kusasa Refining Pty Ltd will represent the gold, platinum metals traders, refiners and/or hedgers forum
  • Patrick Addor from Jaeger-LeCoultre will be representing the jewellery manufacturer and wholesaler forum
  • Bernard Malek from Cartier will represent the jewellery retailer forum
  • Rajesh Neelakanta from BV Chinai & Co. (India) Pvt. Ltd will represent the service industries forum
  • Bernadette Pinet from Union Francaise de la BJOP will be representing the trade association forum

The new appointments to the RJC’s standards, assurance and communications committees, which work closely with the management team to help drive and realise its vision and mission of responsible worldwide supply chain, include industry representation from Alrosa Group, De Beers Group, Bonas & Co, Lazare Kaplan International Inc., Argor-Heraeus SA, Donze-Baume, Pomellato S.p.A, Cartier, Fair Trade Jewellery Company, HRD Antwerp, IGI India Pvt Ltd, Antwerp World Diamond Centre and IDMA.

Non-industry appointments to the Standards Committee includes representation from BSR, UL, Swiss Better Gold Association, Levin Sources, Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct, the International Coloured Gemstone Association (ICA), the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI).

Additions were also made to the assurance and communications committees with representation from Dominion Diamond Corporation, El-Ran BVBA, Varinor SA, Corona Jewellery Company Ltd, CTF Diamond Trading Co Ltd, House of Gems Ltd, Van Cleef & Arpels, Piaget, Richline Group, Inc., Day's Jewelers, GIA, Leo Schachter Diamonds LLC and IWC Schaffhausen.

Speaking on the new appointments, RJC Executive Director Iris Van der Veken said, “Partnerships with our members will achieve transformative change and play a key role in driving the SDG agenda forward. I look forward to engaging with them further in pursuit of our shared goals.”

Bouffard observed, “It’s great honour to welcome our new board and committee members at a very important time as the organisation continues to strengthen its position as the leading industry standards-setting and certification body. We will continue our tireless work toward the continuous improvement in the integrity of the global jewellery supply chain.”

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