SEDEX Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA)

Why are social audits important in assessing supply chain conditions?

Many businesses are diversifying their supply chains and these supply chain shifts can bring new challenges such as labour problems, poor working conditions or product quality issues.

Contrary to what you might expect from the name, a social audit often covers more than just social aspects. SMETA audit protocols cover:

  • Labour standards
  • Health and safety
  • Environmental management
  • Business ethics

Increasingly, public and private organisations are specifying accredited certification in contracts to ensure traceability of complex supply chains.

Audits, therefore, can be critically important for businesses who wish to ensure they have an ethical supply chain. Strengthen your brand's standing in ethical compliance with a social audit from SGS.

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