SEDEX - SMETA - Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits

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Sustainability is one of the most significant global challenges. Organizations are increasingly required to demonstrate proactive management of the ethical and responsible performance and impacts of their business operations; and this expands beyond the organization itself throughout its entire supplier chain.

Stakeholder demands are increasing and ethical performance expectations are becoming more prevalent.

Organizations need to understand and monitor global spread supplier chains, while effectively cooperating with such business partners in driving continual improvement. At the same time, suppliers need to demonstrate their ethical commitment and undertaking, while sometimes facing the challenge of various specifications, codes and standards required by their customers.

Sedex is a not-for-profit global membership organization, with its Head Office based in London (UK), dedicated to driving ethical improvements in global supply chains.

Sedex global collaborative platform provides an effective solution for sharing ethical data among business partners, supporting an effective supply chain management and improvement of practices.

Sedex SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) is a common audit methodology and report developed by Sedex members in order to meet multiple customer requirements and reduce duplication of effort in ethical auditing.

A SMETA audit is based on:
  • The 9 elements of the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) code which form the measurement criteria with local law.
  • Specific requirements for Management Systems, Entitlement to Work, Sub-contracting and Homeworking, 2-Pilar / 4-Pilar.