Richline Group Working With Key Industry Groups To Push for Updated Made in the USA Guidelines

From the June 18th, 2014 joint statement to the FTC for Guidance on “Made in the USA” Claims:

On June 17, 2014, four trade associations, along with the Richline Group, asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for an advisory opinion stating that jewelry composed of metals recycled in this country could be advertised as “Made in the USA.” The four associations are the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, Jewelers of America and the American Gem Trade Association.

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The request for an advisory opinion was based on the fact that significant time and resources go into collecting recyclable material, delivering it to refiners in the United States, and then processing the items to a purity level of almost 100%. The associations and Richline argued that upon recycling, metal begins a new life cycle, with a new origin in this country – regardless of where it was originally mined. For this reason, according to the request, products composed of metals recycled in this country should qualify for a “Made in the USA” claim. If the request is granted by the FTC, sellers would be able to make the claim – as long as they could substantiate that the metal was recycled at a domestic refinery.

Richline Group is proud to work alongside the JVC, MJSA, JA and AGTA in this attempt to drive the first meaningful change to the “Made in America” guidelines since they were last revised by the FTC in 1997.

It has long been our belief that the current guidelines make it impossible for well-meaning companies to properly market jewelry that has been wholly created here in America. We will continue to work closely with both industry organizations and the FTC to discover viable ways for American refiners and manufacturers – such as our own LeachGarner division – to properly and legally denote jewelry as “Made in the USA” while continuing to protect the rights of consumers everywhere.

Click here to read and download the full press release from the JVC

Richline Group CMO Featured in Fast Company

Chief Marketing Officer, Mark Hanna on trust and RoR (Return on Relationship):

“The growth of our business over time is really about how strong our relationships are and how strong the trust is. Improving that trust every year is my single most important goal as CMO.”

Read the full article on Fast Company and learn more about Richline Group’s approach to building smaller brands and better customer relationships.

For even more details on how Richline Group works diligently to meet the needs of its retail partners, you can also read the extended interview with Mark Hanna on TheDrewBlog.com.

Richline Group Achieves RJC Certification

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) announced today that Richline Group, Inc., the U.S. based fine jewelry manufacturer and distributor, has achieved certification by meeting the highest ethical, social and environmental standards established by the RJC’s Member Certification system.

“RJC warmly congratulates Richline Group, Inc. on its certification. The successful verification assessment was conducted by UL Responsible Sourcing, one of the independent third-party auditing firms accredited to the RJC’s Member Certification system,” says Michael Rae, RJC’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Richline Group Inc. strives to conduct its business in accordance with high ethical business standards and seeks to have its associates, vendors, suppliers and all stakeholders conduct themselves in the same manner. We believe that we can be responsible to the world while maintaining the innovation, technology and creativity that are at the forefront of the success of all our business units,” says Dave Meleski, President of Richline Group Inc.

According to David Boudreau, Richline’s COO, “This certification is one of numerous, important compliance and ethical standards and doctrines that our Richline Responsible initiative addresses. Our compliance team has done admirable, diligent work on such issues”.

About Richline Group Inc.

Richline Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., is the USA’s foremost Fine Jewelry Manufacturer, Distributor and Marketer. The Richline Group was formed in 2007. Currently, the major brands comprising Richline’s portfolio are Leach Garner, Inverness, Richline International, Rio Grande and Richline Brands. Berkshire Hathaway and its subsidiaries engage in diverse business activities including property and casualty insurance, utilities and energy, finance, manufacturing, retailing and services. The Common Stock of the Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols BRK.A and BRK.B.

About RJC

The Responsible Jewellery Council is an international not-for-profit organization bringing together more than 420 member companies. RJC and its Members are committed to promoting responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices in a transparent and accountable manner throughout the jewellery industry from mine to retail. The RJC has developed the RJC Member Certification system which applies to all Members’ businesses that contribute to the diamond, gold and platinum metals jewellery supply chain. All Certified Members of the RJC are audited by accredited, third party auditors to verify their conformance with the RJC’s Code of Practices. The RJC is a Full Member of the ISEAL Alliance – the global association for sustainability standards. For more information on RJC Members, Certification, and Standards please visit The Responsible Jewellery Council website.

View the full press release here.