SMETA audit

Verification of ethical criteria in the supply chain

Sedex Member Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) is the auditing and reporting methodology created by Sedex according to a best-practice model in ethical business audit techniques.The aim is to provide a central and shared auditing protocol for organisations interested in demonstrating commitment to social issues and ethical and environmental standards in their supply chain.Therefore, SMETA audit offers companies an instrument to empower their practices for being ethical and responsible businesses.

Service Details

SMETA bases its evaluation criteria on the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) code, integrating them with applicable national and local laws.
It includes four modules:

Data and information can then be stored, shared and reported quickly and easily among buyers, suppliers and evaluators through the Sedex Advance collaborative platform.
The platform is accessible via the Internet and provides access to and analysis of ethical evaluations, action plans and corrective actions, as well as tracks progress over time.

Audit Procedure

A SMETA audit provides that:

1. the Supplier:

2. the Customer:

3. the Auditor, or the Certification Body:


RINA offers the SMETA service together with its experience acquired in the area of codes of conduct and corporate social responsibility.


What is Sedex?
Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) is a non-profit organisation that promotes the ethical and responsible improvement of business practices in global supply chains.

Why is it useful to complete the Self-Assessment questionnaire?
Because it can help identify important ethical, social and environmental problems in your business. The questionnaire can also be helpful in drafting a corporate code of conduct.

Are the data available on the platform secure?
Sedex states that Sedex Advance uses the latest encryption technology for online software to ensure that data always remains safe and secure.
Inside the system, data can only be shared between companies belonging to the same supply chain.

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