Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit

Governing Organization

Assessment Type

Third party assessed by non-verified bodies

Sectors Covered

Various Sectors

Issues Covered

Carbon, CSR, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Management, Ethical Trade, Food Safety, Indoor Air Quality, Product Safety, Quality, Waste and Chemicals Management, Water Related, Worker Safety

Information from the ITC's Standards Map


The Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit best practice guidance (SMETA BPG) is a compilation of social audit best practices to help auditors achieve the consistency needed for social audits to be widely accepted by retailers and brands. It also helps organisations commissioning audits to specify the auditing methodology required.
SMETA BPG may be used by any auditor or audit company,... more

Key Features

* SMETA provides best practice guidance related to the number of auditor days, the audit timetable, number of workers_x0019_ interviews depending on the size of company, training and experience requirements for auditors, pre-audit communication and detailed audit execution step-by-step.
* SMETA best practice guidance provides guidance for auditing against the Ethical Trade Initiative... more

Stakeholder Engagement

Sedex works closely with a varied cross section of members, industry bodies, auditors and other stakeholders so that members can benefit from extensive global expertise in responsible supply chain management.
As a membership organisation, whose board is made up of elected members, our system and tools developments are driven by the needs of our members. By taking a collaborative... more

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