SMETA is the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit, an ethical audit methodology that examines every aspect and practice of running a responsible business. SMETA was designed to provide an easily shareable audit format that would enable its multiple stakeholders to reduce their duplication of efforts. SMETA regularly publishes reports in the SEDEX system, ensuring transparency and enabling easy information sharing and auditing.
SMETA audits utilise the ETI code base, which is founded on the conventions set out by the International Labor Organisation and respect for local laws and regulations. Every SMETA audit is conducted against either two or four pillars. Two of these pillars are mandatory for every audit - health and safety. The two additional pillars introduced for deeper four-pillar audits are business ethics and environment. Their inclusion deepens the SMETA audits' commitment to social responsibility.
The two mandatory pillars of every SMETA audit are health and safety. Every two-pillar audit will comprise of the following modules:
1 - Labour standards
2 - Health and Safety
3 - Additional Elements
Global Inspection Imaging is a member of the Sedex Associate Auditor Group. This means we can conduct SMETA audits for businesses that comply with all the latest best practice guidelines. Our experienced and highly-qualified auditors conduct on-site inspections, on-site interviews with factory managers and staff, and inspect any relevant documents provided by the factory. With this information, we can compile and present a SMETA Audit Report. Based on this report, we can prepare a SMETA Corrective Action Plan, which outlines any improvements factories