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Published 8 Dec 2020
SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) is an audit method used across 150 countries to evaluate all aspects of responsible business practice in global supply chains. Specifically, the 4-pillar SMETA encompasses labor standards, health and safety, the environment, and business ethics. The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) developed SMETA for suppliers to share ethical practices and reduce audit duplication, saving time, money, and resources.
A SMETA checklist is used by global buyers and suppliers to internally assess their performance against the four key pillars of SMETA: labor standards, health and safety, the environment, and business ethics. Use this checklist to perform a self-assessment according to the SMETA measurement criteria and ensure exceptionally good performance when you commission the SMETA.
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A SMETA checklist is an audit tool used across various industries—manufacturing, agriculture, engineering, service providers, and intermediaries—to assess performance of the four pillars prior to annual or biennial SMETAs. SMETA checklists aim to help suppliers perform self-assessments, determine strengths and areas of improvement, and achieve greater visibility into their supply chain.
“Ethical business conduct is, at its core, a principles-based or values-based approach to the way an organization operates,” said Andrew Blasi, Director of a leading international trade and regulatory affairs consulting firm.
Suppliers that do not value or fail to demonstrate value for human rights, safety, and the environment are less sustainable in a global marketplace. Their customers will turn to competitors, and their most talented employees will also look for a different place to work.
An ethical trade audit such as SMETA can help global buyers and suppliers such as retail brands,manufacturers, international agents and even single production sites, optimize their supply chain to meet or exceed the demands of today’s economy, while demonstrating responsible business practice.
As an audit method, SMETA makes it easier for companies to determine their strengths and drive continuous improvement in their supply chain. Here is an overview of how the SMETA works:
Refer to the following measurement criteria used by auditors:
Showing your customers and partners that you are committed to the principles of ethically and socially responsible business can be challenging. With a digital audit tool such as iAuditor by SafetyCulture, you can achieve greater visibility into your supply chain and easily demonstrate responsible business practice. Raise your audit game using iAuditor, the world’s leading audit management solution.
This SMETA 4-pillar checklist is built according to the SMETA 4-pillar audit for extended environment and business ethics assessments. Use this checklist to evaluate the compliance of your environmental management system, including energy usage, water usage and discharge, waste, and emissions to air, and business ethics management system, covering bribery or corrupt business practice, conflict of interests, and reporting and internal controls or monitoring.