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sexta-feira, 18 de Maio de 2012

Indústria italiana de joalharia e ourivesaria compromete-se a melhorar práticas éticas e ambientais


O Ministério italiano do Desenvolvimento Económico, a Confindustria Federorafi e o Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) anunciaram hoje ter acordado num Memorando de Entendimento (MDE) no sentido de trabalharem em conjunto e de trocarem pontos de vista para melhorar as práticas sociais, ambientais e laborais e a boa governança no sector joalheiro italiano.

Nesse sentido, vão ser organizados seminários nas zonas de maior concentração industrial joalheiro italianas e editadas directivas de boas práticas na cadeia de fornecimento, bem como criado um conjunto de indicadores que sirvam para monitorizar os impactos ético e ambiental das empresas manufactureiras de joalharia.

Todas as medidas serão complementadas com o alargamento dos princípios de responsabilidade contidos nos regulamentos da OCDE respeitantes a cadeias de fornecimento de minerais provenientes de áreas de conflito ou de alto risco.

Do comunicado:

RJC will provide concrete support to Italian jewellery companies who wish to commit to responsible business practices through its certification standards: RJC Member Certification for diamonds, gold and platinum group metals and the Chain of Custody Certification for gold and platinum group metals.

"Our Ministry of Economic Development - says Dr Tripoli, Head of the Department for Enterprise and internationalization – has a strong commitment to cooperate with all organizations - such as the prestigious RJC and Federorafi –in order to disseminate OECD guidelines on responsible business conduct in the Italian jewellery supply chain". "I hope that this memorandum will strengthen a shared culture of corporate social responsibility, contributing to awareness raising on ethical jewellery,” continues Dr Tripoli.

“This cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Development and RJC represents a pivotal step for the Italian jewellery industry. The Italian jewellery sector is still a leading player worldwide but now experiencing a difficult financial time in exports. Italian savoir-faire, creativity and jewellery expertise no longer suffice, we now need to commit to responsible business practices and grant the source, the quality and integrity of our jewellery products, offering a more competitive tool to our industry. I am confident that a strong liaison with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and the international RJC will lead to a very positive synergy and outcome,” says Licia Mattioli, President, Confindustria Federorafi. ”

RJC welcomes this new formal relationship among our institutions with great enthusiasm. Working together with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and our Trade Association Member Confindustria Federorafi towards common goals will strengthen our collective efforts towards consumer confidence and responsible business practices throughout the jewellery supply chain in Italy. RJC has been active in the development of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for the gold sector, and Italy plays such a critical role in the gold jewellery supply chain. We are looking forward to the benefits this collaboration will bring to Italian jewellery companies,” says Michael Rae, RJC’s Chief Executive Officer.

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