What is SEDEX & SMETA Audit, Sedex Certification Step by Step Process
Sedex certification is not a certification audit, but it’s the name of the organization and SMETA is the name of an audit methodology. The Sedex concept is used to describe a methodology based on the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code.
Look into the below infographic to understand the Sedex step by step process. That covers the Sedex registration, Sedex application, Sedex audit fee & onsite visit until the issuance of Sedex audit report and become Sedex certified.
Sedex leads to work with buyers & suppliers to deliver improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in Sedex global supply chains. Sedex four pillars compose Labour, Health and Safety, Environment, and Business Ethics. While Sedex Smeta audits can be carried out for 2 pillars or Sedex 4 pillars.
SMETA is designed for suppliers to share one Sedex audit report with multiple customers, meeting multiple customer requirements and reducing duplication in ethical auditing. SMETA has three elements:
1. A common Sedex Best Practice Guidance on conducting ethical trade audits
2. A common Smeta Audit Report format
3. A common Sedex Corrective Action Plan format
What does SEDEX SMETA audit cover?
SMETA consists of four core principles:
SMETA Best Practice Guidance (this document)
SMETA Measurement Criteria
SMETA Audit Report
SMETA Corrective Action Plan Report (CAPR)
Difference Between 4 Pillars VS 4 Pillars SMETA Audit
Here is the difference between SMETA Audit against the following two & four auditing pillars:
1- A SMETA 2-Pillar audit comprises:
Health and Safety
2- A SMETA 4-Pillar audit contains in addition:
Health and Safety
Benefits of SMETA Audit
- Availing the Status as an approved supplier to parent organization.
- Recognition of socially compliant organization.
- Opportunity for exports. Supplier Approval by overseas customers.
- Mandatory requirement for being an out-sourcing sub-contractor to parent company
- Compliance with business, legal, contractual, and regulatory requirements
- Improved structure and focus with respect to Business Ethics and Anti-bribery Management System
How do I become a SMETA member and get a Sedex Certification?
Below are the Steps to Proceed and become a Smeta member to achieve SEDEX Certification in Pakistan or anywhere around the globe.
- You must register online on SEDEX for becoming Member B or AB based on request received from Member A and pay online for membership.
- You can link SEDEX Registration Number provided by Member A.
- Carry out Gap Analysis to check the Gap between company planned things and achieved things.
- You may fill online SAQ (Self Assessment Questionnaire) comprising of more than 300 questions online on SEDEX platform in your membership domain to determine exact Gaps.
- Determining role, responsibility and authorities, Identify and assemble core group, Appointment of Team Leader to Lead SEDEX implementation.
- Check the document of the organization to ensure that the documentation fulfilled the compliance requirement.
- Create various Policies required by SEDEX guidelines.
- Management Review Meeting at defined intervals to monitor progress of Implementation.
- Application to Certification Body (List of Approved Certification body available on SEDEX website)
- On-Audit by Certification body Auditor.
- Auditor Issues Non-Conformance through email and also upload on SEDEX portal.
- Non-conformance closure with evidence submit to Certification body also on SEDEX Portal.
- Issue a Certificate of Compliance by Certification body or Report Upload on SEDEX Portal.
Team Certifications help you achieve SEDEX Certification by providing free sedex consultancy to make process quick and effective. The SEDEX certificate is given by recognized certifying body and they carry out site audit for SEDEX certification. After certification they carry out annual certification audit.
Team Certifications can help you develop, implement Best Ethical Practices requirements SMETA (SEDEX Members Ethical Trade Audit) is done by the certification body. The basic Best Ethical Practices requirements are as (1) Labour Standards (2) Health and Safety (3) Environment (4) Business Practices.