Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) is one of the most widely used social compliance audit applications in the world. Approximately 20,000 SMETA audits are uploaded to the Sedex platform every year.
SMETA 6.1 is Sedex´s audit tool that covers all aspects of responsible business practice, covering the four pillars of Workforce, Health and Safety, Environment and Business Ethics.
SMETA audits are carried out in a semi-informed or unannounced manner according to customer demand. The inspection scope consists of two levels as 2 Pillar and 4 Pillar.
While 2 Pillar contains some environmental requirements, 4 Pillar environmental requirements and business ethics are examined more thoroughly.
Criteria for measuring SMETA audit:
0.A. Universal Rights covering UNGP (UNGP and United Nations Guiding Principles)
0.B. Management Systems and Code Implementation
1 Freely ed employment
2 Freedom of Association
3 Health and Safety
4 Child Labor and Young Workers
5 Fees and earnings
6 Working Hours
8 Regular Operation
8A Subcontractors and Domestic Workers
9 Harsh or Inhuman Behavior
10 Other Topics
10 A Right to Work
10 B2 Environmental 2-Pillar (Abbreviated Version)
10 B4 Environmental 4-Pillar
10 C Business Ethics
11 Community Benefits