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A SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) is an international audit method used to assess ethical trade practices in global supply chains. The main reason why SMETA was developed is to enable suppliers to share valuable information about ethical practices and reduce the number of duplicate audits, to save time and money.
A SMETA audit brings together good practices of a technical audit. The advantages of performing a SMETA audit is that it gives you the possibility to perform an audit and share it with third parties, such as suppliers or customers, instead of having to perform individual audits for each of them. There are four main elements of SMETA and they are divided into the following topics:
Initially, the idea of developing SMETA was only for the members of Sedex, but everyone has the possibility to make one. Encouraging more companies to do SMETA audits helps to increase transparency in audits and the way in which audit results are shared.
When auditing a new client, it is necessary to do the following pre-, during- and post-audit steps:
1. Discuss the auditing process with your client
2. Accept the Audit Upload Request the client has sent on SedEx Advance, revise Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ)
3. Look through previous audits and Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) on SedEx Advance
4. Have a meeting with a supervisor
5. Site visit, private interviews and document analysis
6. Examination of Corrective Action Plan Report
7. Upload the Audit onto Sedex Advance and wait for the customer to review it
8. Verify Corrective Actions
9. Do a follow-up
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