CIBJO’s Responsible Sourcing Policy is a recommendation and guidance to the jewellery and gemstone sectors, and is intended to provide a “duty of care” in the jewellery industry supply chains, recognising that it will be implemented as a process of continuous improvement, and may vary considerably between different companies, supply chains and sectors.
CIBJO’s Responsible Sourcing Policy does not constitute a standard or a compliance mechanism by which Responsible Sourcing Certification can be obtained.
CIBJO recognises that not all jewellery and gemstone members’ supply chains will be able to be certified immediately against industry guidance and standards, especially due to the continuous improvement principles outlined in the CIBJO Policy. However, if a CIBJO member selects to be certified or otherwise recognised in accordance with CIBJO’s policy, CIBJO recommends that the member become certified by appropriate international standards organisations.
CIBJO provides a list of relevant standards and guidance as as part of this toolkit. This list may not be comprehensive and will be continually refreshed as part of CIBJO’s guidance updates.
Members should include the CIBJO Policy and the company’s due diligence procedures, supported by this toolkit, as part of the scope of the relevant certification.
CIBJO recommends that Responsible Sourcing certification be validated by independent third party audit companies which specialise in responsible sourcing.