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Sedex Certification Process | Smeta Sedex Requirements

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 until the issuance of Sedex audit report.

How do I become a SMETA member and get a Sedex Certificate

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)

4 Pillars of SEDEX SMETA Audit

4 Pillars of SEDEX SMETA Audit

SMETA Audit against the following four auditing pillars:

A SMETA 2-Pillar audit comprises:

Labour Standards

Health and Safety

A SMETA 4-Pillar audit contains in addition:

Labour Standards

Health and Safety

Environment

Business Ethics

Benefits of SMETA Audit (Sedex Requirements)

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.

SEDEX Certification Consultancy

Is consultancy required to get SEDEX Certificate?

Team Certifications help you achieve SEDEX Certification by providing 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.

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