BJA launches Jewellers’ Social Responsibility Framework
BIRMINGHAM, England, November 9, 2014 – The British Jewellers’ Association (BJA) has recently launched its Jewellers’ Social Responsibility Framework to the BJA membership, detailing how the basic tenets of Corporate Social Responsibility can be adapted for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the UK jewellery industry.
Simon Rainer, Chief Executive, British Jewellers’ Association.
Whilst CSR frameworks are normally practised by large industrial and commercial concerns, the very term “Corporate“ does not resonate well with the SMEs who make up the majority of employers in the UK jewellery industry.
However, Simon Rainer, Chief Executive of the BJA, has spent the last three years understanding how basic socially responsible business practices can be of benefit to the BJA membership.
“What I have seen in my visits and meetings with BJA members is their growing willingness to engage with socially responsible business practices. Many are undertaking basic CSR concepts without fully realising the journey they have started. What the JSR framework provides is an easy to follow, jewellery industry specific step by step guide to install a complete programme,” he said.
Covering all areas of socially responsible business practices, the JSR framework explains in detail the required engagement with supply chain due diligence, industry regulation, staff, suppliers, local community and the environment.
The early adopters who already have their own frameworks in place, are reaping the many benefits of employing a socially responsible business framework.
“Ultimately, it will come down to ‘what’s in it for me’, said Rainer, “and the JSR framework explains how companies will reap competitive advantage in developing unique attributes for their businesses which will be recognized by all,” he added.
“Our main aim for the BJA membership and the industry as a whole is to help companies grow their businesses. What better way than to future proof them against the growing tide of regulation, and consumer discernment on where they choose to buy their jewellery,” he said.
Supporting the work of the BJA in the production of the JSR framework has been Professor Marylyn Carrigan, Director at Coventry University’s Centre for Business in Society, who is well placed to further promote the benefits of socially responsible business practices.
“At a time when many industries are being challenged to demonstrate their ethical credentials, the JSR is a timely initiative from the BJA to encourage and support jewellery firms to tangibly contribute towards a more transparent and responsible supply chain,” she said.
“This is a forward thinking step for the industry and will provide important reassurances to customers – both business to business and consumer.
“The Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University will be working with jewellery firms to provide training for their staff that will develop their skills and raise their awareness in key issues relating to social responsibility.
“The series of workshops will be launched in Spring 2015.”
The Jewellers’ Social Responsibility Framework can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/10jrlkO