Sedex offers members a simple and effective way of managing ethical and responsible practices in the supply chain. It was launched in 2004 to ease the burden on suppliers facing multiple audits and questionnaires, and drive a collaborative approach amongst brands and retailers.
The Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) is a widely used and accepted audit methodology and report format. It has three elements – a common Best Practice Guidance on conducting ethical trade audits; a common Audit Report format; and a common Corrective Action Plan format. SMETA is designed to meet multiple customer requirements and reduce duplication in ethical auditing