SMETA is designed to benefit retailers, consumer brands, and their suppliers, reducing duplication of effort in ethical trade auditing. Companies who are not members of Sedex are able and encouraged to use SMETA as well.

SMETA stands for Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit, and it incorporates three elements:

  • A common best practice guidance on conducting ethical trade audits
  • A common audit report format
  • A common corrective action plan format

The Sedex Associate Auditor Group in response to the challenge from Sedex members to provide a report format for ethical trade audits that could more easily be shared and to give greater transparency into the auditor qualifications and practices that underpin reports developed SMETA guidance and report formats.

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ETI Base Code Consists of Nine Principles

  1. Employment is freely chosen.
  2. Freedom of association and the right for collective bargaining are respected.
  3. Working conditions are safe and hygienic.
  4. Child labor shall not be used.
  5. Living wages are paid.
  6. Working hours are not excessive.
  7. No discrimination is practiced.
  8. Regular employment is provided.
  9. No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed.