Independent and multi-award-winning UK jewellery business Bradley’s Jewellers York has doubled-down on its commitment to supply chain transparency and sustainable growth by becoming a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC).
Spearheaded by business owner Kay Bradley, the York-based small business will now prioritise RJC Certification, with the goal of achieving Certified Membership Status in 2024.
Kay Bradley says: “I am proud to be one of 62 businesses in the United Kingdom that are RJC members, and the first in York to take this step towards RJC Certification. Going through the auditing process is the next step, and I am looking forward to cementing our in-house commitments to sustainability, transparency, traceability and consumer advocacy in a more formal manner. Bring on 2024!”
Bradley’s Jewellers York is being supported on its journey towards RJC Certification by Jewelbuild director Sarah North, who has professional experience navigating RJC Certification procedures with clients ranging from independent retailers to large manufacturers and international brands.
North adds: “It is great working with Kay and the team to continue their journey and highlight the importance of what this stands for, whether you are a small team or a global company within our industry. We all have a part to play.”
Bradley’s Jewellers York was approved to become an RJC Member in November 2023 after completing the Council’s recently updated due diligence application process. This is an RJC requirement to ensure businesses have the relevant attributes and evidence to become a member prior to starting the certification journey.
According to the RJC website, membership “is a pathway to sustainable growth” and gives businesses “a voice and the ability to shape the future of the industry through collective action”. To become a member, Bradley’s Jewellers York has committed to the RJC mission statement, which focuses on advancing responsible ethical, social and environmental practices, which respect human rights throughout the diamond, coloured gemstone, gold, silver and/or platinum group metal, jewellery and watch supply chains, from mine to retail.
Bradley continues: “As a small business with big ambitions, we have always strived to go above and beyond. Despite operating from a modestly sized store on Low Petergate in York, our goals are much bigger, and we’ve demonstrated this through strategic collaborations, new collections, and two-years of award wins. Joining the RJC and striving towards Certification is the next step in this amazing journey we’ve been on since the COVID-19 pandemic spurred us into action.”