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Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit


Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) is an audit methodology. It provides a compilation of best practice ethical audit techniques to help auditors conduct high quality audits that encompass all aspects of responsible business practice, covering Sedex’s four pillars of Labour, Health and Safety, Environment and Business Ethics.

Sedex is one of the world’s leading ethical trade service providers, working to improve working conditions in global supply chains.

What are the benefits of SMETA?

  • Identify good practices in employment conditions.
  • Provide evidence that your company has a commitment to ethical trading, which is increasingly valued by consumers.
  • Ensures that you can legally claim your products are ‘fair trade’ and as such gain a competitive edge by demonstrating your ethical stance


TÜV SÜD is one of the Sedex Affiliate Audit Companies (AAC) and is authorised to conduct both SMETA audit and Sedex Virtual Assessment. We are able to give both the SMETA-2 pillar and SMETA-4 pillar audits.

A SMETA 2-Pillar audit comprises;

  • Labour Standards
  • Health and Safety
  • Additional Elements
    - Universal Rights covering UNGP
    - Management Systems
    - Entitlement to Work
    - Subcontracting and Homeworking
    - Shortened Environment Assessment

A SMETA 4-Pillar audit includes all the elements found in the 2-Pillar audit and in addition the following;

  • Environment (extended) – this replaces the Environment (shortened) section detailed above
  • Business Ethics
  • Why choose TÜV SÜD Malaysia?

    TÜV SÜD Malaysia and global experts offers a plethora of advantages including;

    • Supporting you to improve organizational performance and mitigate risks via an audit and certification process that meets international standards
    • We ensure that we deliver a reliable, independent and trusted service along with 100% transparency
    • Our expertise, technical knowledge and the standard of our services have helped us deliver certifications to organisations around the world
    • We can also act as a one-stop provider for all your management system certification needs by offering integrated management system services
    • In addition to offering comprehensive evaluations and reports, we can provide you with our TÜV SÜD certification mark, which is globally recognised and synonymous with quality and safety


Get in touch with us to get Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) for your esteemed organisation.

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