What is SMETA?

SMETA means Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit and this is one of the most widely used ethical audit formats in the world. Sedex, (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) is a not-for-profit, membership organization that leads work with buyers and suppliers to deliver improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) is the audit methodology created by the Sedex membership to give a central agreed audit protocol which can be confidently shared. It combines the best practices in the field of corporate social responsibility. The concept describes a methodology based on the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code.

The latest version debuted in April 2017, with SMETA 6.0 becoming the standard implementation as of June 2017. The basic structure and fundamental principles remain unchanged, but now the audit incorporates issues such as temporary work and human rights.

This Audit methodology provides the best practice of Ethical Audit techniques. This was designed to help the auditors to conduct a high quality audit that confines all the aspects of business practice, including the 4 pillars of the sedex, which are

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Pillars of the Sedex

  • Labour
  • Health & Safety
  • Environment and
  • Business Ethics

  • The SMETA has designed one audit to meet multiple customer requirements, for the suppliers to reduce the duplication in Ethical auditing. SMETA has 3 major elements

    1. A common best practice guidance on conducting Ethical trade audits
    2. A common Audit report format
    3. A common corrective action format

    SMETA Audit includes the following steps:

    1. Submit a self-evaluation form
    All the applicants are required to complete a self-evaluation form before we begin with our Sedex audit. Forms are filled out by the sites to be audited.

    2. Conduct a Sedex audit on site
    Our auditors visit the sites to be audited. An auditing team assesses the extent to which your social management documentation meets the SMETA criteria. The duration of any given audit depends on the number of employees and locations.

    3. Issue a report and CAPR
    Once the Sedex audit is done, our auditors create a corrective action plan for you along with a detailed audit report (SMETA Report & CAPR), which you can now upload to the Sedex database. Once completed, you may opt to review your Sedex audit with us.


    Benefits of A Sedex Audit

    1. Improve your image by showing your customers and partners that you are committed to the principles of ethically and socially responsible business.
    2. Sedex offers internationally recognized and globally applicable audit formats, save time and money by avoiding duplicate audits and certifications by other standards.
    3. Stand out from the competition with neutral evidence of your corporate citizenship.
    4. Mitigate risks in the fields of social responsibility and sustainability.
    5. Drive the continual improvement of your supplier relations. 6. Motivate the workforce, while improving efficiency in the workplace 7. Enhance ethical trading programs currently in place

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