The Accountable Jewelry Council’s (RJC) government director, Iris Van der Veken, has reportedly resigned from her function following the organisation’s dealing with of Alrosa’s membership in the course of the Russia-Ukraine warfare.
In accordance with Rapaport Information, Van der Veken handed in her resignation letter to the board of administrators on Wednesday (30 March) as she was “dissatisfied” with the physique’s failure to droop Russian miner Alrosa.
Alrosa voluntarily stepped down from the place of vice-chair of RJC, quickly leaving the board of administrators on 3 March.
The announcement comes as Van der Veken celebrated her three-year anniversary on the RJC this week.
It additionally comes after Pandora introduced its choice to depart the RJC over its failure to droop Russian firms’ membership.
Alexander Lacik, Pandora CEO, mentioned: “We’re shocked and saddened by the unprovoked assault on Ukraine, and our ideas go to the individuals of Ukraine, who’re victims of this mindless act of army aggression.
“The warfare requires all companies to behave with the utmost duty concerning any interactions or enterprise dealings with Russia and Belarus. Pandora can not in good religion be a member of an affiliation that doesn’t share our values.”
Luxurious jewelry and watch home, Richemont, has additionally lately stepped down from the organisation, citing its dedication to human rights by way of the RJC’s code of apply and to produce chain due diligence.
Within the assertion, the group mentioned it doesn’t want to be members of an trade organisation that features firms that “contribute to financing conflicts and wars”.