Hamilton: Certification by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) announced today that Hamilton Jewelers, the third-generation fine jeweler, has achieved certification by meeting the highest ethical, social and environmental standards established by the RJC’s Member Certification System.

“RJC warmly congratulates Hamilton Jewelers on its certification. The successful verification assessment was conducted by UL Responsible Sourcing (STRRS), one of the independent third-party auditing firms accredited to the RJC’s Member Certification System,” says Michael Rae, RJC’s CEO.

Hank Siegel, Hamilton’s president and CEO, remarks, “As we begin to celebrate our centennial year in 2012, Hamilton is extremely proud of our certification by the RJC, and additionally honored to be among the first independent family-owned retailers to be certified. Our firm and my family have long embraced our ethical and social responsibilities to serve our communities and industry, and are deeply appreciative of the RJC’s activities to promote such practices and extend them throughout the entire supply chain. We encourage all fine jewelry retailers, large and small, to consider RJC certification.”

About RJC: The Responsible Jewellery Council is an international not-for-profit organization bringing together more than 350 member companies committed to promoting responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices in a transparent and accountable manner throughout the jewelery industry, from mine to retail. Their commitment aims to reinforce consumer and stakeholder confidence in diamond, gold and platinum group metals jewelery products. The Council has developed the RJC Member Certification System, a certification system which will apply to all Members’ businesses that contribute to the diamond, gold and platinum group metals jewelery supply chain. All Commercial Members of the RJC are required to be audited by accredited, third-party auditors to verify their conformance with the RJC’s Code of Practices and become certified under the RJC Member Certification System.