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Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA)

Social and ethical audit

Social and ethical audit

What is SEDEX?

Sedex is a global platform focused on responsible business practices, with 20 years of experience in making supply chains more socially and environmentally sustainable. They offer technology, data, assessment tools, and services to help businesses manage supply chain risks, increase transparency, and improve collaboration. Sedex also supports organizations in carrying out due diligence and meeting ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) requirements.

We at TÜV SÜD are proud to be an Affiliate Audit Company (AAC) of Sedex and a member of their community. This affiliation allows us to conduct SMETA audits.


SMETA, the most widely used audit in the world, is a tool businesses use to enhance working conditions and environmental performance in their operations and supply chains.

We provide honest and high-quality audits to help companies build sustainable supply chains.

Why is SMETA important?

Using SMETA, companies can identify good practices in employment conditions. Auditing using SMETA offers benefits such as providing evidence that your company has a commitment to ethical trading, which is increasingly valued by consumers. It 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 offers SMETA auditing

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



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