Beaverbrooks, a jewelry retail chain in the United Kingdom, has become the 85th member of the Responsible Jewellery Council.
The company, founded in 1919 in Belfast by three brothers, has more than 700 employees and more 60 stores throughout the U.K. Beaverbrooks has developed a code of conduct to provide clarity to every employee about what is expected of them. Entitled “The Beaverbrooks Woy”, every team member has their own copy.
“Our customers are still as discerning and committed to know about the ethics of retail shops—these are purchases that are sentimental, gifts of love, passed from generation to generation and that buying decision has not changed due to the current tough time we are facing,” said Phillip McBride, Buyer, Beaverbrooks The Jewelers.
“I am delighted that Beaverbrooks the Jewellers has officially joined the Responsible Jewelry Council. In so doing, they have demonstrated to their suppliers, fellow retailers and most important, to UK consumers that ethical, responsible business practices continue to be integral to their core business”, said Michael Rae, RJC chief executive officer.
In December, RJC released its certification system core documents, an assurance mechanism for a transparent diamond and gold supply chain, from mine to retail using independent third party auditing.
RJC represents all sectors of the jewelry supply chain, including mines, refiners, cutters, manufacturers, and retailers, and service providers.