MANUFACTURING – Scottish jewellery manufacturer Ortak achieves RJC certification

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Orkney jewellery manufacturer Ortak Ltd has been awarded special Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) certification after a rigorous assessment process examining every aspect of the Kirkwall based business.

Ortak Ltd, formed in 2014, is now the only Scottish jewellery manufacturer holding RJC certification.

MANUFACTURING – Scottish jewellery manufacturer Ortak achieves RJC certification

Founded in 2005, the RJC is regarded as the world’s leading standard-setting organisation for the jewellery and watch industry, with a code of practice covering human rights, labour rights, health and safety, product integrity and many other key topics.

The RJC certification programme, which involves an extensive on-site audit for companies seeking to gain membership, ensures responsible business practices throughout the jewellery supply chain, from mining to retail.

In addition to creating its own collections, Ortak Ltd manufactures jewellery and parts for over 30 different companies. It also supplies Historic Environment Scotland and the Royal Palaces with bespoke jewellery for visitor centre shops.

The firm currently employs 45 people at its design and manufacturing base in Kirkwall, and at its shop in the town centre.

Mike Gardens, managing director of Ortak Ltd, said the company had decided to seek RJC certification around two years ago as it made good business sense, while also aligning with Orkney’s sustainability ethos.

MANUFACTURING – Scottish jewellery manufacturer Ortak achieves RJC certification

Mike Gardens