SMETA Social Audit

Social Compliance Program

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Choose SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits) – one of the world’s most widely used social compliance audits – for your farm, factory, processing plant or manufacturing facility. Developed by Sedex, SMETA audits are recognized by Wal-Mart, Costco, Amazon, Whole Foods, Target and other leading retailers. Based on the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code, International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions and local country laws, SMETA audits include assessment of labor standards, human rights, worker health and safety, environmental compliance, and business ethics performance.

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We are a proud Affiliate Audit Company (AAC) of Sedex, authorized to audit farms, processing plants, and manufacturing facilities in the US, Mexico, Latin America, and Canada. Sedex houses one of the world’s leading collaborative platforms for buyers and suppliers to store, share and report on ethical and social compliance 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, Sustainably Grown, FSC and other certification services for greater efficiency.

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SMETA incorporates three broadly applicable “Best Practice” elements:

  • Guidance on conducting social compliance audits
  • A consistent audit report format shareable among multiple stakeholders
  • A unified corrective action plan format for non-compliances

SMETA Audit Methodology
SCS offers two 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 (more robust than the 2 pillar)
  • Business Ethics

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