SMETA – Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit

ELEVATE is a trusted provider of Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA). This social audit methodology is designed for suppliers to share one report with multiple customers, meeting multiple customer requirements and reducing duplication in social compliance auditing. SMETA is not a certification process or standard. It is one of the most widely used ethical audit formats in the world. SMETA audits performed by ELEVATE are accepted by Sedex A and AB members and can be shared via the SEDEX system.

SMETA Auditing Services with ELEVATE includes:

  • SMETA audit and report
  • Corrective Action Plan Report (CAPR)
  • Performance Benchmark Report

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

BONUS!  Benchmark against your peer factories with ELEVATE’s Performance Benchmark Report

Included with your SMETA audit report package with ELEVATE is our unique Performance Benchmark Report, powered by EiQ analytics.  This report is a workplace performance benchmark that shows your company alongside peers in your region and industry. The benchmark draws on data from our EiQ supply chain intelligence platform and insight from more than 50,000 unique factories globally.

See your relative performance against other peer factories.


Click here to download sample report.

For more information see our SMETA page.

Why you can expect more from ELEVATE. 

An audit/verification report from ELEVATE means something. Our brand represents a choice for quality and integrity.

Over the last 15 years, ELEVATE has emerged as the most trusted service provider in responsible sourcing, ethical business and sustainability solutions. ELEVATE is the only independent sustainability and supply chain services provider with global reach, and are engaged at all levels of the value chain. This includes assessment and Corrective Action Plan (CAP) management, engagement with managers and workers in factories, world-class eLearning and training, and consultancy at the corporate level to assess risk, support improvement and drive impact.

Partner with ELEVATE to reinforce your standing in ethical compliance.

Service additional services include:

  • Upload report to Sedex platform
  • Corrective Action Plan Report (CAPR) management support

We carry out social audits like SMETA in over 100 countries worldwide.

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