• Supplier Ethical Data Exchange Implementation

    The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) is a not-for-profit, membership organisation for businesses committed to the continuous improvement of ethical performance within their supply chains. Sedex was founded in 2001 by a group of UK retailers to drive convergence in social audit standards and monitoring practices.


  • 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