What Is Sedex?
Sedex, the Suppliers Ethical Data Exchange, uses the latest technology to enable companies to maintain and share data on labour practices in the supply chain.
Sedex is a secure, web-based system for companies to input data on labour standards at their production sites. The Sedex system has been designed to allow companies who are in an existing trading relationship to share this information, saving time and money lost in duplicated information. As a result, companies are better able to drive and demonstrate improvements.
Sedex is now being used by over 7,500 factories to store their self assessment and ethical audits and 100 retailers, companies and brands are using the system to actively manage their ethical data.
For more information please go to www.sedex.org.uk
What is a SMETA Audit?
SMETA stands for Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit. This is an initiative developed by Sedex members who include UK retailers, manufactures and audit bodies. The aim of this initiative is to try and create convergence within the ethical environment so that a mutually recognised audit scheme is created.
What is the Scope of an SMETA Audit?
The scope incorporates both the ETI Base Code and other key ethical related requirements. These include Sub-Contracting, Home Working, Entitlement to Work and Environment.
SMETA Full Audit Scope
|Employment Freely Chosen||Discrimination|
|Freedom of Association||Regular Employment|
|Safety and Hygienic Conditions||Harsh or Inhumane Treatment|
|Child Labour||Entitlement to Work|
|Wages and Benefits||Code and System Implementation|
|Working Hours||Sub-Contracting and Home-WorkingEnvironment|
Asda and George
Asda and George only allow us to offer quotations for audits for sites that have first been declared on the Asda/George Retail Link system. You should first make sure that your site is declared on the Asda/George Retail Link system. We can only accept audit requests for Asda/George sites where there is a corresponding request generated from Retail Link. In order to avoid any delay, before completing the BV webform request, please check that your site is declared properly on Retail Link.
SMETA for Asda/George
If you also wish to load your Asda/george audit onto Sedex, please tick ‘yes’ when asked if you require a SMETA audit. We will give you a quote for a combined audit that can be used on both Retail Link and Sedex
What is Service Provider Audit
A Service Provider Audit is to assess working conditions for Employees of Contractors working at sites of Sedex member companies usually covering a number of sites.