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Alrosa Becomes a Certified RJC Member

Miner’s sustainability practices get green light from independent auditor.
Dec 12, 2017 7:44 AM   By Rapaport News
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The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has granted Alrosa certified-member status following an extensive review of the Russian miner’s operations by an external assessor.

Certified members are companies that have undergone independent auditing to confirm that they comply with the global standards group’s “Code of Practices.” The decision constitutes an upgrade for Alrosa, which has been a basic RJC member since September 2016.

A “large, independent” audit company spent several months looking into Alrosa’s sustainability performance, the rough producer said Tuesday. That included appraising its social-responsibility, environmental-protection and anti-corruption practices, as well as working conditions and respect for human rights. Representatives of the auditor visited several Alrosa facilities, including major production sites, sorting centers and subsidiaries.

Following that process, the RJC admitted Alrosa for three years, the longest period possible, the miner explained.

Getting RJC certification “proves to consumers that modern diamond mining is a transparent and responsible business,” according to Alrosa president Sergey Ivanov.

Other diamond miners with RJC certification include De Beers, Dominion Diamond Mines, Lucara Diamond Corp. and Rio Tinto.
Tags: Alrosa, Jewelry, mining, Rapaport News, Responsible Jewellery Council, responsible mining, RJC
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