UK government initiative for transparent supply chains
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
British Government recommends transparent supply chains for gold and diamond use.
We're all aware of the issues surrounding diamonds and mining of other precious materials, but it looks like it is going to be easier to know for sure where our jewels come from. Last week the government announced plans to make recommendations for UK retailers to make sure human rights are not being exploited in their supply chains.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) will be producing a publication later this year to demonstrate good practise for companies on this matter. In the past 10 years improvements have been made throughout the world, particularly with gold and with diamonds, but there is still much to be done.
Though initiatives such as Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold help in a big way, there are still issues such as slave labour, child labour and poverty surrounding workers, which need to be addressed. The Jewellery Ethics Committee (JEC) is committed to making sure this happens, and it looks like things are on the up!
To find out more about JEC in the UK visit www.jec-uk.com