SMETA is an audit methodology, providing a compilation of best practice ethical audit techniques. It is designed to help auditors conduct high quality audits that encompass all aspects of responsible business practice, covering Sedex’s four pillars of Labour, Health and Safety, Environment and Business Ethics.
SMETA is designed for suppliers to share one audit with multiple customers, meeting multiple customer requirements and reducing duplication in ethical auditing. SMETA has three elements:
1. A common Best Practice Guidance on conducting ethical trade audits
2. A common Audit Report format3. A common Corrective Action Plan format
For Supplier: The annual membership fee for Supplier (B) members is £100.00 per site per year (VAT is chargeable to UK companies only), or 1200 RMB in China if you pay the Sedex China office by BACS.
For buyer: For buyer (A) and buyer/supplier (AB) members there are two parts to the membership fee:
1. A one-off set up cost
2. An annual subscription fee
Both of these are determined by annual sales turnover. The set up cost includes training and account management support to help you get the most from your Sedex membership.
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Sedex is the name of the organisation – SMETA is the name of an audit methodology. The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) is a not-for-profit, membership organisation that leads work with buyers and suppliers to deliver improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Sedex was founded in 2001 by a group of retailers to drive convergence in social audit standards and monitoring practices. Sedex aims to ease the auditing burden on suppliers through the sharing of audit reports and to drive improvements in supply chain standards.
SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) is the audit methodology created by the Sedex membership to give a central agreed audit protocol, which can be confidently shared. Originally created by the Sedex Associate Auditor Group (AAG), now renamed the Sedex Stakeholder Forum (SSF) and involving multi-stakeholder consultation, it draws from practices defined by Sedex members and by the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)
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