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SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) is one of the most widely used social audit procedures in the world. It provides a global-recognised way to assess responsible supply chain activities, including labour rights, health & safety, the environment and business ethics. SMETA was developed by the Sedex Associate Auditor Group (AAG) – a Sedex working group made up of commercial auditing companies, brands and retailers, supplying companies as well as NGOs who are all significantly involved in ethical trade auditing. The purpose of the AAG is to drive convergence in ethical trade/social auditing, based on and helping to shape best practice. SEDEX is also home to the world’s largest collaborative platform for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains, used by more than 38,000 members in over 150 countries. Tens of thousands of companies use Sedex to manage their performance around labour rights, health & safety, the environment and business ethics.


  • Achieve greater visibility into your supply chain
  • enable members to bring together many kinds of different data, standards and certifications, to make informed business decisions, and to drive continuous improvement across their value chains
  • Continuously improve your supplier relations
  • Receive independent verification of your ethical compliance
  • Eliminate the need for multiple certifications
  • SEDEX is internationally recognised, Strengthen your brand's standing in ethical compliance
  • For buyers, make it simpler to understand how supply chains are performing
  • For suppliers, make it easy to share information with multiple buyers in an agreed format. This frees up time spent on unnecessary duplication

Target Customer Group

SEDEX Global provides services for all kind of supplier and buyer in supply chains.


Labour, Environment, Anti-Corruption, General - SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) is a compilation of best practices in ethical audit, established by the Sedex Associate Auditor Group (AAG). It is not a separate standard or certification process, but a set of protocol for CSR audits, to be used in conjunction with current established ethical audit practices.

SMETA audits use the ETI Base Code, founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organization, as well as relevant local laws. SMETA audits can be conducted against two or four auditing pillars. The two pillars mandatory for any SMETA audit are Labor Standards and Health & Safety. The two additional pillars of a 4-pillar audit were introduced to further deepen the social responsibility aspect of SMETA audits.

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