Social Audits improvements

Social audits perspective of PDCA

Sedex is a Standard used for Ethical Trade Audits. SEDEX is a non-profit organization which works by the secure online data base for the improvement of ethical and responsible business practices. Sedex members can share and manage information related to Labour Standards, Health & Safety, The Environment and Business Ethics. Sedex members are committed for enhancement. The main role of Sedex is to share and manage supply-chain information in an effective manner, aiming at Continuous improvement.


A SMETA AUDIT-SEDEX- A Sedex audit comprised of Two-Pillar and Four-Pillar Audit.

ETI Base Code Sedex audit

Ethical trade Initiative Base Code

Two-Pillars Covers:
1. Labour Standards
2. Health & Safety
3. Additional Elements:
• Management Systems
• Entitlement to Work
• Subcontracting and Homeworking
• Environment (shortened)

Four-Pillars Covers:
1. Environment (extended) – this replaces the Environment (shortened version)
2. Business Ethics


Sedex 4-pillar audit

Major auditing area of Sedex Audit

SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) is the Audit methodology which is created by the Sedex members to provide a protocol which is shared with a feel of self-assurance. SMETA is comprised of Ethical Trade Initiative Base Code and the local laws as its Standards for monitoring the audit methodology. SMETA can use other codes which are based on conventions of ILO (International Labour Organization). SMETA is not a type of new methodology, in fact it is a new audit process which compile good practices in an ethical way. Audit report format of SMETA is easily understandable for all.

Areas of audit

• Labour Standards
• Health & Safety
• Environment
• Business Ethics
• Management System
• Code Implementation
• Entitlement to work
• Subcontracting
• Home working

Major difference between SMETA version 5.0 and the new SMETA version 6.0 Audits click here

How should Buyers use Sedex Audit click here

More about Sedex audits  Ph:9316012883 ( All India)   9788099444 ( Tamilnadu)

Useful links for Sedex :-

  1. How to register your company on Sedex Advance
  2. How to pay sedex membership fee
  3. How to apply the Global SAQ
  4. How to fill in the SAQ
  5. How to initiate an Audit