Alrosa successfully earned the re-certification of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), confirming the compliance of its activities and supply chain with the RJC Code of Practices, which includes provisions of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals, and high international standards in the field of business ethics, human rights, social and environmental responsibility.
PricewaterhouseCoopers conducted a comprehensive audit of all the companies of the Alrosa Group involved in rough and polished diamond production and sales. The audit covered the practices of ensuring decent working conditions for employees, their labour rights and freedoms, labour safety and health, environmental protection, anti-corruption and a responsible diamond supply chain. The company noted that compliance with the requirements of the Code of Practices was confirmed by the subsidiary Alrosa (Zimbabwe) Limited, making it the first ever RJC certified company in Zimbabwe. The audit also included JSC PO Kristall, which became part of the Alrosa Group in 2019.
Following the audit, Alrosa obtained RJC certification for three years, the maximum period granted by the RJC.
“Alrosa is one of the first companies in the industry to confirm its compliance with the requirements of the updated RJC Code of Practices (2019). In this sense, it was important to reaffirm conformity of our internal control systems with the provisions of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals. Not content with that achievement in itself, we will continue to work on improving our responsible business practices, strengthening consumers’ confidence in the modern diamond mining industry and making our contribution to the sustainable development of the regions. All this enables the company to ensure the ethical and responsible origin of its diamonds,” said Head of the International Relations Department, Peter Karakchiev.
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