The largest collaborative platform for sharing information on the ethical supply chain is called Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex). It is a well-known unique and successful supply chain management solution that helps to lower risk, safeguard corporate reputations, and enhance supply chain procedures.
Buyers (A members), Buyers/Suppliers (AB members), or Suppliers (B Members) can initiate the audit and obtain the reports through recognized assessment systems and a secure online database (Sedex Advance) to store and distribute audit reports.
The SMETA Audit Methodology
SMETA audits use the ETI Base Code, founded on the conventions of the International Labor Organization, as well as relevant local laws. SMETA audits can be conducted against two or four auditing pillars. The two pillars mandatory for any SMETA audit are Labor Standards and Health & Safety. The two additional pillars of a 4-pillar audit are Business Ethics and Environment. They were introduced to further deepen the social responsibility aspect of SMETA audits.
A SMETA 2-pillar audit comprises the following modules:
- Labor Standards
- Health and Safety
- Additional Elements:
- Management Systems
- Entitlement to Work
- Subcontracting and Homeworking
- Environmental assessment (shortened)
A SMETA 4-pillar audit covers the above elements, plus:
- Environmental assessment (extended)
- Business Ethics
The purpose of Sedex is to:
- To encourage enhancements in moral performance
- Reduce the workload for suppliers who must complete several audits, questions, and certifications
- To accomplish this, they collaborate with audit companies like Ascent Saudi.
Advantages of Sedex
Approx. 35 business areas, including food, agriculture, financial services, clothing and apparel, packaging, and chemicals, Sedex Certification has over 60,000 members in 180 countries. The advantages it offers include:
Monitor supplier performance, discover hazards, and increase visibility for buyers.
Scalable: Sedex Advance may be adapted to your needs whether you work with thousands of suppliers or only a few.
Time-Saving: Save time and resources by providing different purchasers with information about your responsible sourcing in an easy and affordable method.
Efficiency: Complete a single self-assessment form, share your audit results, and certify your compliance so your company can avoid repeating the same tasks and devote more time to improvements.
Trusted: Suppliers have total control over who can access their data thanks to the Sedex system’s security and confidentiality.
Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA)
One of the world’s most popular social audit methods, it was created to cut down on duplication of effort in ethical trade audits, which is advantageous to retailers, consumer brands, and their suppliers.
According to the Sedex competence standards, including APSCA, Ascent SAUDI has a global network of certified auditors who can deliver SMETA and upload reports to the Sedex Platform.
How SMETA may help your business
Our highly skilled auditors make on-site observations, speak with factory management and employees during interviews, look over factory-provided paperwork, and then present their findings in a SMETA Audit Report. Our specialists may create a SMETA Corrective Action Plan Report (CAPR) based on the audit report, indicating the changes the factory needs to undertake to comply. This will help:
- By offering a single, widely understood framework for audits, you can lessen audit fatigue.
- Encourage employees while boosting productivity at work
- Enhance existing programs for ethical trading
- Respond to inquiries about moral conduct from customers and non-governmental organizations.
Sedex Virtual Assessment (SVA)
A technology for due diligence, Sedex Virtual Assessment (SVA), enables remote evaluations of sites and workplaces. It is in line with SMETA and offers a useful substitute for on-site audits, seeking to give as much information as possible about the working conditions at a site.
One of the few affiliate audit firms authorized to undertake SVA. Sedex Virtual Assessments are performed by us using immersive technological solutions.
Why Ascent SAUDI?
The Ascent SAUDI provides firms with the tools they need to adopt best practices as routines. We were established and also provide Certifications to the International Organization for Standardization. It is the first National Standards Body in the world (ISO). For more than a century, it supports business advancement around the world by assisting its clients in enhancing performance, controlling risks, and achieving long-term growth through the implementation of global management systems standards invented. Known for its quality seals, such as the well-recognized auditors, we have a significant impact on a number of industries, including IT, the built environment, food, and aerospace. Ascent SAUDI is a company with qualified auditors serving approximately 80,000 clients whose different standards inspire excellence across the globe.
Why do our clients choose us?
1. For our distinctive client management system
2. For our knowledge
3. Owing to our integrity
4. Because we place a premium on performance