SEDEX – Social Compliance Audit

SEDEX – Supplier Ethical Data Exchange program is a web-based system designed to help businesses improve ethical performance of their supply chain. This platform stores data on responsible business practices and allows the sharing of ethical performance information with multiple Brands & Customers.

SMETA – SEDEX Member Ethical Trade Audits is a Standard used for Ethical Trade Audits. SMETA audits are based on ETI Codes which includes implementation of Environment, Health & Safety, Business Ethics and Labour Standards in the supply chain.

ETI Code is founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on labour practices and URS conducts SMETA Audits in India. Requirements of SEDEX Audits are based on ETI principles and include:

  1. Employment is Freely Chosen:
    There is no forced, bonded or involuntary and individuals are free to leave their employer after reasonable notice.
  2. Respect to Freedom of Association:
    Workers have the right to form or join trade unions at their own. Employers must adopt an open attitude towards trade unions and workers representatives without discrimination.
  3. Working Conditions are Safe and Hygienic:
    A safe and hygienic work environment shall be provided to the workers to satisfy the requirements of SEDEX Audits. Steps shall be taken to prevent accidents and injury.
  4. Requirements of SEDEX Audits based on SMETA Standard shall consider that there shall be no recruitment of child labour. Children and young persons under the age of 18 years shall not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions.
  5. Wages and benefits paid to a worker, at a minimum, shall meet national legal standards or industry benchmark standards to follow requirements of SEDEX Audits.
  6. Working hours are not excessive:
    Working hours must comply with national laws and collective agreements and shall normally not be allowed to work exceeding 48 hours per week. All overtime shall be voluntary.
  7. No discrimination is practised:
    Discrimination in employing, hiring, engaging, compensation, benefits and termination, retirement shall be prohibited and Social Compliance Audit require that these are not based on race, caste, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political affiliation.
  8. Regular employment is provided:
    Requirements of SEDEX Audits enable organizations to perform work on recognised employment relationship basis. Social Compliance Audits covers that Obligations to employees established under labour laws shall not be avoided.
  9. No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed:
    Physical or verbal abuse, sexual or other harassment or other forms of in timidation are prohibited under per requirements of SEDEX Audits.

What is the benefit of an SEDEX – Social Compliance Audit:

  • SEDEX Audits reports reduce supply chain audit duplication by providing a widely acceptable single format for Social Compliance Audits.
  • Social Compliance Audits as per SMETA Standard enable companies to effectively share and manage supply chain ethical information.
  • SMETA Audits enhances ethical trading programs in supply chain.
  • Reduces risks in social responsibility and sustainability through Social Compliance Audits as per SMETA Standard.
  • Brands and buyers are able to view, share data of suppliers’ social compliance audits on SEDEX database.

URS is an Audit Company Group (ACG) member of SEDEX. ACG membership allows URS to conduct SMETA Audits to follow SEDEX Audit requirements for reporting to Members. SMETA Audits performed by URS for the Supply Chain are accepted by brands, suppliers and buyers as well as other customers and stakeholders to manage and maintain ethical performances within their supply chain and sourcing.

URS Listing on SEDEX Database can be viewed through the link:

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