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A supply chain is a system of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to customer. Supply chain activities transform natural resources, raw materials, and components into a finished product that is delivered to the end customer. In sophisticated supply chain systems, used products may re-enter the supply chain at any point where residual value is recyclable. (graphic from Online MBA)

Challenges present themselves at all points in the supply chain and range from environmental to social to economic, making the supply chain a major focus of sustainability principles and practices. A related special collection is Conflict Free Minerals here on EarthSayers.tv, voices of sustainability.

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Responsibly-sourced Means Conflict-Free by Catherine Sproule
April 05, 2012

Catherine Sproule, Chief Operating Officer at Responsible Jewellery Council talks about how consumer's interest in knowing the source of the products they buy helped spur on the RJC launch in 2012 of  its Chain-of-Custody (CoC) Standard applicable to gold and platinum group metals (platinum, palladium and rhodium).

The CoC Standard aims to support the identification of responsibly-sourced jewellery materials produced, processed and traded through the jewellery supply chain.  RJC defines responsibly-sourced as conflict-free as a minimum.

Sproule is interviewed by Andrew Savini of Intertek, a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world, on March 29th and 30th, 2012 in New York City at the Ethical Sourcing Forum.

EarthSayer Catherine Sproule

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