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Reduce duplication of effort in ethical trade auditing with a SEDEX members ethical trade audit (SMETA) from SGS.

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The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) is a web-based system designed to help organizations manage data on labor practices in their supply chain. Members have the benefit of being able to publish their SMETA audit reports directly on the SEDEX system for viewing by all customers.

SEDEX members have agreed the Best Practice Guide, a common methodology to improve audit standards and promote mutual acceptance of audit reports. In addition to the principles in the ETI Base Code, SMETA also review performance against the right to work of migrant workers, management systems and implementation, sub-contracting and home working and environmental issues.

Prior to your audit, we request access to the self-assessment questionnaire already completed by sites to be audited. The audit length then typically ranges from one to four days on site depending on the number of employees. At the end of the audit, a corrective action plan is left with the facility and a full report is provided and uploaded to the SEDEX database. After the auditing process is complete, we can then work with you to verify the completion of corrective action plans.

SGS has a long and distinguished involvement in sustainability auditing against the requirements of various codes and standards. We are a founding member of the SEDEX Associate Auditor Group which works with SEDEX to drive convergence in audit methodology and reporting.

Discover how SMETA auditing from SGS can help you and your suppliers maintain compliance with ethical trading requirements.