RJC, the global standards-setting and certification organisation for the entire jewellery supply chain, hosted its AGM at the JCK jewellery fair in Las Vegas. This was the first time the RJC has held its AGM in the US. During the meeting the RJC Membership elected Dr. Wilfried Hoerner (Argor Heraeus SA) as its new Chairman of the Board and re- appointed Mr. Mark Jenkins (Signet Jewelers Ltd) as Honorary Secretary.
RJC’s members also elected to the Board Michael Steinmetz (Leo Schachter Diamonds LLC), Ankur Goyal (MMTC-PAMP India Pvt Ltd), Jean-Baptiste Dembreville (Baume & Mercier), Bernard Malek (Cartier SA) and Harriet Kelsall (Harriet Kelsall Jewellery Design Ltd), representing their respective fora.
"I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the RJC Membership for electing me as Chair of its Board of Directors. I’m conscious of the duties and tasks ahead and the honour you’ve bestowed upon me. Although there are challenges ahead, I look forward to working with the Management Team to take advantage of the many opportunities as we prepare for the next decade of the RJC,” says Wilfried Hoerner, Chairman of the RJC Board of Directors.
Following the AGM, RJC hosted an open discussion with a selection of panelist guests from the jewellery pipeline – mine to retail. The interactive session panelists focused on the value proposition of RJC Certification and its impact on their companies’ performance against such issues as mandatory legislation, access to global markets and how businesses can prepare for the next wave of discerning consumers.
The panel included representatives from De Beers, Metalor, Venus Jewel, Richline, the Fair Trade Jewellery Company, and DDI and moderated by Signet Jewelers Ltd. The panel session stimulated animated discussion amongst other attendees. Retailer Jeff Corey, from Day’s Jewelers, noted that as an independent US retailer, RJC certified twice, “I have seen a tangible impact to my business as a result of putting my employees, my company and my management systems to the rigour of this certification.
The day concluded with the launch of the RJC 2016 Annual Progress Report. The Report reflects the RJC’s 2015 accomplishments and demonstrates it’s continuing work across membership growth, certification benchmarks, standards development and auditor engagement. The Report is now available in hard copy from the RJC Office in London and a digital copy will be made available on the RJC website very soon.