Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) February 11, 2016
The online bridal designer, Krikawa.com is proud to announce that it has earned recertification by the Responsible Jewelry Council for a full three year term. Krikawa earned this prestigious certification after a rigorous, voluntary, four-month audit process. The independent audit firm Underwriters Laboratory (UL) scrutinized Krikawa’s operations, concluding that Krikawa conformed to RJC’s strict guidelines for corporate social responsibility. Krikawa is one of only 58 retailers worldwide certified by RJC.
“It is a pleasure to announce Krikawa Jewelry Designs has been certified against the 2013 COP (Code of Practices). The new provisions under the 2013 COP address important issues for our Members and their supply chain. We are delighted to see Members achieving Certification against the standard and warmly congratulate Krikawa Jewelry Designs,” says Andrew Bone, RJC’s Executive Director.
The London-based Responsible Jewellery Council is an international, non-profit standards organization established to reinforce consumer confidence in the jewelry industry by advancing socially responsible business practices throughout the diamond, gold and platinum jewelry supply chain. No bride wants to imagine that her engagement ring involved environmental destruction or worker mistreatment.
RJC guidelines cover all aspects of the jewelry supply chain from mining to retailing. In the recertification process, UL evaluated Krikawa’s manufacturing practices, worker safety and treatment, and systems for ensuring product integrity and security. In addition, Krikawa’s compliance with the United Nations’ Kimberley Process and its system of protocols ensuring that Krikawa uses only ethically-sourced metals, diamonds and gemstones were verified. Lastly, Krikawa’s financial records were evaluated to ensure compliance with anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering statutes. The stringent audit process resulted in full recertification of Krikawa by RJC.
"Certification by the RJC is of utmost important to our company in demonstrating our commitment to being socially responsible and eco-friendly. The RJC’s certification standards, while rigorous, are absolutely necessary for the jewelry industry if we are to have a positive impact on the planet and humanity. As Krikawa Jewelry Designs begins its seventh year as an RJC certified designer, I can state with pride that all of our employees are aware of the responsibility that we as jewelry designers have to future generations and operate at a level of consciousness that is consistent with best industry practices," said Lisa Krikawa, CEO of Krikawa Jewelry Designs.