Rhys James Private Client Services is a Certified Member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) UK.
The RJC is a standards-setting organisation that has been established to reinforce consumer confidence in the jewellery industry by promoting responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices throughout the jewellery supply chain.
The RJC has developed a common platform of standards for the jewellery supply chain and credible mechanisms for verifying responsible business practices through third party auditing.
As a Certified Member, Rhys James PCS is committed to operating our business in accordance with the RJC Code of Practices. We commit to integrating ethical, human rights, social and environmental considerations into our day to day operations, business planning activities and decision making processes.
Our commitment to this policy is communicated via our website www.rhysjamespcs.com and via every email, quotation and invoice we send as an organisation. For more information visit www.responsiblejewellery.com.
Rhys James adheres to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) and the World Diamond Council’s (WDC) voluntary system of warranties (SoW), which aims to put an end to “conflict diamonds”.
Conflict diamonds are rough diamonds used by rebel movements or their allies to finance conflict aimed at undermining legitimate governments, as described in relevant resolutions by the UN Security Council and UN General Assembly.
The primary objective of the WDC is to represent the diamond industry in the development and implementation of regulatory and voluntary systems to control the trade in diamonds embargoed by the United Nations or covered by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.
Rhys James is committed to ensuring our business complies with the regulatory and voluntary systems to prevent the trade in conflict diamonds. We do not source or sell rough diamond, only polished diamond. All polished diamonds bought and sold in our business are accompanied by the WDC written warranty and are sourced from diamond suppliers that also follow the WDC SoW. We will not purchase diamonds from suppliers than fail to provide an adequate warranty. We keep records of all diamond purchases.
Senior management are responsible for all diamond buying and have a good understanding of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and the World Diamond Council System of Warranties.
In addition to the KPSC and SoW we have adopted the following industry principles for self regulation, obliging us to:
- trade only with companies that include warranty declarations on their invoices;
- not buy diamonds from suspect sources or unknown suppliers, or which originate in countries that have not implemented the Kimberley process Certification scheme;
- not buy diamonds from any sources that, after a legally binding due process system, have been found to have violated government regulations restricting the trade in conflict diamonds;
- not buy diamonds in or from any region that is subject to an advisory by a governmental authority indicating that conflict diamonds are coming from or available for sale in such region, unless diamonds have been exported from such region in compliance with the Kimberley process Certification scheme;
- not knowingly buy, sell or assist others to buy or sell conflict diamonds;
- ensure that all company personnel that buy or sell diamonds are well informed regarding trade resolutions and government regulations restricting the trade in conflict diamonds.
Human Rights and Child Labour Policy.
Human rights are universal rights and freedoms regarded as belonging to all people without discrimination based on internationally recognised standards. At a minimum, the RJC understands human rights to mean those rights articulated in the International Bill of Human Rights, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and Applicable Law.
The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are a set of guidelines for States and companies to prevent, address and remedy human rights abuses committed in business operations.
These Guiding Principles are grounded in recognition of:
- (a) States’ existing obligations to respect, protect and fulfill human rights and fundamental freedoms;
- (b) The role of business enterprises as specialized organs of society performing specialized functions, required to comply with all applicable laws and to respect human rights;
- (c) The need for rights and obligations to be matched to appropriate and effective remedies when breached.
Rhys James is committed to the respect of Human Rights and observe the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
We pledge to avoid causing or contributing to (e.g. causing in part) adverse human rights impacts through our activities, and address such impacts where they occur; and we
seek to prevent or mitigate adverse human rights impacts that are directly linked to our operations, products or services by our business relationships, even if we have not contributed to those impacts.
We pledge to use suppliers and business partners that commit to upholding these Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Also see our Business Partners Policy.
Child Labour is defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to their social, physical and mental development. It refers to work that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children and interferes with their schooling by:
• depriving them of the opportunity to attend school;
• obliging them to leave school prematurely or;
• requiring them to attempt to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work.
Whilst Child Labour takes many different forms, a priority is to eliminate without delay the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) as defined by Article 3 of (International Labour Organisation) ILO Convention No. 182:
- all forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery, such as the sale and trafficking of children, debt bondage and serfdom and forced or compulsory labour, including forced or compulsory recruitment of children for use in armed conflict;
- the use, procuring or offering of a child for prostitution, for the production of pornography or for pornographic performances;
- the use, procuring or offering of a child for illicit activities, in particular for the production and trafficking of drugs as defined
in the relevant international treaties;
- Hazardous Child Labour which includes work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of children.
No child under 18 years old should be engaged in Hazardous Child Labour or other Worst Forms of Child Labour.
We pledge not to engage in or support Child Labour in any form and expect our suppliers and Business Partner to do the same, as defined in ILO Convention 138 and Recommendation 146, which sets the following minimum ages for work:
a. A basic minimum working age of 15 years, to enable Children to complete compulsory schooling.
We also pledge to not engage in or support Worst Forms of Child Labour and expect our suppliers and Business Partner to do the same, as defined in ILO Convention 182 and Recommendation 190, which includes:
a. Hazardous Child Labour, which by its nature or circumstances is likely to jeopardise the Health, Safety or morals of persons younger than 18 years. Where allowed by Applicable Law and supported by assessment of Risks and implementation of controls under Health and Safety, a minimum age of 16 is permitted on condition that the health, safety and morals of the Children concerned are fully protected, and that the children have received adequate specific instruction or vocational training in the relevant branch of activity.
b. All forms of child slavery and practices similar to slavery, including debt bondage, the trafficking of children, forced Child Labour and the use of children in armed conflict.
To request a full list of our Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) policies, please write to the Compliance Officer, Rhys James Private Client Services, Level 50, 120 Collins Street Melbourne Victoria 3000, Australia.