Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) is one of the world’s leading ethical trade membership organisations, working with business to improve working conditions in global supply chains.

Sedex provides an online platform, tools, and services to help businesses operate responsibly and sustainably, protect workers and source ethically.

Over 60,000 member organisations from over 180 countries use the Sedex platform to exchange data, manage business risk, meet compliance, and drive positive impact for people.

SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) is the most widely used social audit in the world.

SMETA is Sedex’s social auditing methodology, enabling businesses to access their sites and suppliers to understand working conditions in their supply chain.

What is Social Auditing?

A social audit is one of the best ways to understand the working conditions at a supplier site. An auditor physically attends the site enabling the auditor to assess the conditions on the ground.

Social audits enable businesses to assess their suppliers, monitor health and safety for workers, with zero tolerance of human rights abuses such as child and forced labour. Once an audit is complete, buyer and supplier businesses can work together to address any issues based on a Corrective Action Plan (CAPR).

SMETA assesses a site based on their organisation’s standards of labour, health and safety, environment, management systems, entitlement to work, subcontracting and business ethics. Sedex believes these are the key areas for assessing an organisations business practices and meeting social compliance.

Intertek and Amfori BSCI partner with Sedex to complete SMETA audits at supplier sites.