SMETA – SEDEX Member Ethical Trade Audits



  • Social Compliance Audits following SMETA audit methodology ensures commitment to credible and ethical business. SMETA audits by URS are designed to be accepted by all Sedex members and therefore, have following advantages:
  • Avoid duplicate audits by using SEDEX audit report format that is widely accepted.
  • Uniform workplace conditions across the supply chain.
  • Improved workplace conditions by following ethical trade practices.
  • Implementation of Social Compliance practices becomes a business case.
  • Enhance ethical trade programs and trainings.
  • Able to analyse ethical performances within the facilities of a brand.


SMETA audits follow ETI Base Codes developed by ILO. SMETA audits are conducted SMETA -2 Pillar and SMETA -4 Pillar audits. A SMETA 2 Pillar audit comprises of Labor Standards and Health & Safety with additional elements of management systems, environmental assessment (shortend) and SMETA 4-pillar audit comprises of Business Ethics and Environmental assessment (extended) alongwith elements of 2 Pillar audits. SMETA audit protocols envisages facilities to implement best practices in work conditions.

SMETA audit methodology and protocol envisages facilities to establish and implement best practices in work conditions. URS, therefore, conducts SMETA audits  of factories of SEDEX member Brands, Buyers and Suppliers across the globe to ensure labour, health and safety, environmental and business ethics requirements are met. URS is able to conduct both SMETA 2 Pillar and SMETA 4 Pillar audits. SMETA audits performed worldwide by URS are designed to be accepted by all Sedex members.