CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility

Issues related to good practices have become a major path toward improvement.
Along this line of thought, Rubel & Ménasché keeps seeking continuous-improvement, while remaining attentive to its stakeholders expectations, in order to anticipate its clients, its employees and the Industry’s needs.

In a nutshell, as Stephan Wolzok, CEO of R&M , likes to phrase it, the internal philosophy is “Always go further, together”.

Certifications

Authorized Economic Operator (AEO)

2010 and 2014: R&M obtained the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) certificate from the French Customs and Indirect Taxation Authorities which attests to the reliability of its supply chain on the import/export. This status allows us to carry out the customs clearance procedure in our premises, enabling us to be more responsive in our value chain.

Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)

The RJC is an international not-for-profit organisation, created in 2005. The RJC certification means applying the highest ethical standards and principles but also the best financial, social and environmental practices.
2011 : R&M obtained the Responsible Jewellery Council certification, becoming the 5th member ever certified.
2014 : 2nd certification
2017 : 3rd certification

Living Heritage Company (EPV)

In 2013, R&M was rewarded for its endeavors to pass on centuries-old savoir-faire no longer taught in class in France, mastered by the diamonds cutters of its workshop and obtained the EPV governement label (Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant).
This label is given for 5 years.

Industry Governance Initiatives

Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)

Conforming its commitment to protecting the industry’s integrity, in May 2016, R&M was elected representative of the Diamond Trader and/or Cutter and Polisher Forum on the RJC Legal Committee.

Jewelry Industry
Summit

In March 2016 and in February 2017, R&M took part in the very two first editions of the Jewelry Industry Summit. This event gathered various stakeholders of the Jewelry Industry. This movement aims at thinking through sustainability, responsible sourcing challenges in a collaborative way and spreading awareness in the industry on these crucial topics.

World Diamond Council (WDC)

In November 2016, R&M became a member of the World Diamond Council, whose mandate is to represent the whole Diamond Industry in the development and implementation of the Kimberley Process: stop the trade in ‘conflict diamonds’ and ensure that diamond purchases were not financing violence by rebel movements.

Giving Back to local communities

Diamond Development Initiative (DDI)

Since 2012: R&M commits to the Diamond Development Initiative. The DDI supports and encourages the implementation and standards or policies to improve working and living conditions of artisanal miners in developping countries such as DRC and Sierra Leone.

Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF)

Since 2013: R&M joined the “Diamonds For Good” program of the Diamond Empowerment Fund, an NGO based in New York. The DEF have a mission to raise funds to promote and finance education initiatives in African diamond producing countries.

Purprojet /
Projet Nordesta

2016: R&M supports Project Nordesta, whose purpose is to protect biodiversity in the mining area of Minas Gerais, Brazil. It is  through a tree planting program with local farmers, along the shores of the Sao Francisco River in order to preserve waters in quality , that Rubel & Ménasché decieded to commit.

Internal Initiatives

Environmental Practices

2016 : R&M launched its « Environmental Best Practices » policy and raised awareness on responsible consumption amongst its employees. The strategy is based on three pillars:

  • Reducing energy consumption: 70% of light sources upgraded to LEDs, timers installed on every electrical appliances.
  • Waste Management: 100% of paper is recycled. This year we have collected 400 kg of paper, thereby saving 6 trees, 8,750 liters of water and 400 liters of petrol.
  • Paperless procedures: we are gradually eradicating the use of paper in everyday tasks by favoring digital solutions.

Our offices are located in a building certified “very good” by BREAAM In-Use for the quality of its environmental management.

vendor agreement

Diamond Vendor Agreement (DVA)

2015 : R&M continued to investigate the integrity and the safety of its supply chain by proposing the Diamond Vendor Agreement to its commercial partners.

The DVA — which includes the General Terms and Conditions of Sale, the Code of Conduct, a CSR self-assessment questionnaire and a Know Your Supplier sheet — enables greater transparency and collaboration between the different members of the value chain.