RJC certification assures consumers that gold jewellery has been manufactured according to RJC code of Practices, which covers human rights, labour rights, environmental impact, mining practices, product disclosure and other matters related to the jewellery supply chain.
“In the past, Australian consumers could not be sure that gold jewellery they purchased was manufactured responsibly,” said ABC Refinery Managing Director Phillip Cochineas.
“This has now changed with Palloys becoming the only RJC certified jewellery manufacturer and wholesaler in Australia,” he said.
Palloys supplies artisan jewellers and retailers across Australia with semi-manufactured and fully finished jewellery, fabricated metals, wedding bands and findings.
RJC certification involves a rigorous independent audit process whereby production standards are graded against the RJC Code of Practices, which is made up of 42 provisions. The RJC Code also aims to align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
In addition to the Responsible Jewellery Council, ABC Refinery, and associated companies under the Pallion umbrella, are fully compliant with standards such as the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) Responsible Gold Guidance and the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict Affected and High Risk Areas.
“The addition of Palloys’ RJC certification to ABC Refinery’s existing accreditation with the LBMA and Shanghai Gold Exchange means that Pallion companies apply responsible sourcing and sustainability practises from mine to market,” said Mr Cochineas.