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SMETA

Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits

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Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA) is one of the world’s most widely used social compliance audits. Developed by Sedex, SMETA is an audit methodology that retailers recognize and trust. SMETA assesses labor, health and safety, environmental, and business ethics performance consistent with the Ethical Trading Initiative Code (ETI Code) based on International Labour Organisation (ILO) and legal requirements. Upon achieving a SMETA audit by SCS, suppliers can share one audit report with multiple customers via the Sedex online platform, reducing audit anxiety and duplication in ethical auditing, and demonstrating responsible business practices.


We are proud to be an Affiliate Audit Company (AAC) of Sedex. Sedex is home to one of the world’s leading collaborative platforms for buyers and suppliers to store, share and report on ethical and social audit information quickly and easily. Benefit from SCS’ decades of experience as a sustainability certification body with cross-trained auditors and a reputation for thorough, timely and cost-effective services. Bundle your SMETA audit with EFI, Fair Trade USA, Clearview and other certification services for greater efficiency.

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SMETA is a compilation of social audit best practices that incorporates 3 elements:

  • A common best practice guidance on conducting ethical trade audits
  • A common audit report format
  • A common corrective action plan format

SMETA Audit Methodology
SCS offers 2 levels of SMETA audits:

SMETA 2-Pillar Audit

  • Labor Standards
  • Health & Safety
  • Additional Elements:
    • Management Systems
    • Entitlement to Work
    • Subcontracting and Homeworking
    • Environment

SMETA 4-Pillar Audit

  • All elements of the SMETA 2-Pillar Audit, plus
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Business Ethics

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