Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit Foundation Course

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The Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) is designed to reduce duplication of effort in ethical trade auditing, benefitting  retailers, consumer brands, and their suppliers. 

SMETA was developed by the Associate Audtior Group of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) which is a non-profit organization dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains.

SMETA is not a code of conduct, a new methodology, or a certification process, but describes an audit procedure which is a compilation of good  practices in ethical audit techniques. It helps experienced auditors conduct high quality audits that will be accepted by multiple retailers and brands.

This course is designed to provide an overview of SMETA which gives suppliers a solid understanding of the requirements and the audit methodology, it  also gives auditors a good foundation of the materials and guidelines required to conduct an audit.

  • Introduction and background of SMETA
  • SMETA requirements
  • SMETA process for measuring a supplier’s performance in the area of Labour, Occupational, Health and Safety Standards


Upon completion of the course, you are expected to:
  • Gain a solid understanding of the background of SMETA and the specific requirements of SMETA audit process
  • Identify the components of a SMETA report the requirements for completion
  • Enhance awareness of other SMETA/Sedex tools useful to both auditors and suppliers~


Participants should come from organizations such as retailers, brands, suppliers, importers and agents, traders, manufacturers and other organizations involved in SMETA implementation.  Prior knowledge or experience is not a requirement.

Note: SGS shall provide only generic information and advice which are freely available in the public domain.

SGS will not provide company-specific advice towards any development and implementation of managements systems for eventual certification, which contravenes requirements of the IAF Guidance (i.e. provision of consultancy services).

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