Sedex stands for Supplier Ethical Data Exchange and provides a means for members to effectively manage ethical and responsible practices in their supply chain. Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit or SMETA for short is a widely applied and accepted audit methodology and report format designed to meet multiple customer requirements. Adopted by most multinationals who require their suppliers to undergo and pass SMETA audits.

It requires that suppliers maintain systems for delivering compliance with national laws and the ETI base code which is founded on International Labour conventions. It is important for suppliers to communicate this code to their employees as well as their suppliers to maintain utmost transparency.

“An ethical audit is a thorough formal examination of the labour practices of a particular workplace or company. It is a verifiable process to understand, measure, report on, and help improve an organisation’s social and environmental performance.” – www.sedexglobal.com.


SMETA stands for Sedex Members and Ethical Trade Audit and is a widely applied and accepted audit methodology and report format designed to meet multiple customer requirements. SMETA has been adopted by most multinationals who require their suppliers to demonstrate compliance to Corporate Social Responsiblity (CSR) and responsible sourcing. SMETA is based on the principles of the ILO (International Labour Organisation) Conventions and the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) based code. Companies who meet the Sedex Standard's requirements are protecting their reputation and are further ensuring that their suppliers are also compliant. This is essential where many raw materials, and services are sourced offshore. Many large companies have discovered atrocities in their supply chains and arguably without an audit, they may never become aware of these prior to an expose in the media.

SMETA consulting, training and auditing services include:

  • SMETA certification compliance audits
  • Implementation of the Sedex compliance requirements
  • Training on the SMETA requirements
  • Pre-certification readiness audits
  • Internal Audits
  • Supplier audits
  • Ethical / Social Compliance requirements workshops

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Why Undergo a SMETA Audit?

“In a world where companies are expected to demonstrate corporate social responsibility (CSR), you are also protecting your company’s reputation. And because your customers must protect their own reputation for ensuring the legal and humane treatment of workers in their supply chains and the minimizing of environment impact, you are protecting your business relationship with these customers as well.”

Smeta Audits Comprise Of Either 2 Or 4 Auditing Pillars

The 2 And 4 Pillar Audit Are Set Out As Follows:

A SMETA 2-pillar audit comprises the following modules:

  • Labour Standards
  • Health and Safety

Additional Elements:

  • Management Systems
  • Entitlement to Work
  • Subcontracting and Homeworking
  • Environmental Assessment (shortened)

A SMETA 4-pillar audit covers the above fundamentals, plus:

  • Environmental Assessment (extended)
  • Business Ethics

You can choose between: Weekly, monthly, quarterly support service solutions.

  SMETA Consulting

  1. Implementation of the Sedex compliance requirements
  2. Pre-certification readiness audits
  3. Ensuring compliance with ETI (Ethical Trade Initiative) based code
  4. Implementation of the ILO (International Labour Organisation) convention principles
  5. Integration with HR, ISO 14001 and OHAS 18001
  6. Internal and supplier audits
  7. Coaching and mentoring for the Management Representative
  8. Maintenance Support Service

  SMETA Training

  1. Customized
  2. Flexible around production demands
  3. Practical
  4. Presented by subject matter experts
  5. Inclusive of workplace assessments
  6. Multilingual facilitators available


  1. Gap Audits
  2. Pre-Certification readiness audits
  3. Internal Audits
  4. Problem solving audits
  5. Corrective Action Investigation audits


  1. Paperless QMS
  2. Intergration with HR, FSSC 22000 / ISO 22000 and OHAS 18001 paperless modules
  3. Automated Document Management
  4. Real time data capture ensures system integrity
  5. Audit Master provides a bird's-eye-view of how entire system is cross-referenced to the requirements of the relevant standard
  6. Real-time reporting and trend analysis
  7. Powerful management tool
  8. Escalation of ovedue tasks to management
  9. Various outsourced solutions: Customer Complaints, Supplier Quality Assurance etc

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