SEDEX – Supplier Ethical Data Exchange

What is SEDEX Audit?

The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) is a non-profitable organization for businesses, which are committed to the continuous improvement of ethical performance within their supply chains. Through SEDEX a registered user can store, access, and share online information in a secured way. This being a multiuser system, buyers can view and manage data for multiple suppliers. As well as suppliers can share data with multiple buyers. It is fully secured and the access is based on the user profile.

Sedex is not a certification audit, but it’s the name of the organization and SMETA is the name of the social audit methodology. The concept used describes a methodology based on the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code, which is a reference standard recognized globally and extensively used as a point of reference for compliance audits.

This social compliance audit leads to work with buyers & suppliers to deliver improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Sedex composes of four pillars that are Labor, Health and Safety, Environment and Business Ethics. This compliance audit can be carried out for 2 pillars or 4 pillars.



Hassle-free SEDEX Certification with PQSmitra

The initial review of the existing practices being followed at the organization is the starting point for the SMETA audit in accordance with SEDEX requirements. PQSmitra Team helps in easy understanding of the SEDEX requirements and simple methods for practical implementation. 100% documentation support is offered to achieve successful audit results. The implementation process is described below:

Simple & Practical Methodology


Initial Review

  • Review of the existing System with respect to SEDEX requirements
  • Gap analysis and planning for the compliance
  • Select a Certification Body of your choice


  • Designing and developing of forms, formats, and procedures
  • Training and Hand holding/ support for implementation
  • 100% documentation support

Effective Verification

  • Routine assistance and system verification to ensure compliance to the requirements
  • Internal audit to verify the compliance prior to final audit
  • Management review

Achieve Certification

  • SMETA audit –
    (2 Pillars or 4 Pillars) as per SEDEX requirements
  • Closure of non-conformities support if any
  • Rewarding the certificate to the organization

PQSmitra offers only Genuine Certifications Options.

We ensure that SEDEX Certification adds value to your brand rather than distracting from it by getting counterfeit/local certification. Your certificate’s international traceability helps in passing the Certificate Verification process conducted by your overseas customers.

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PQSmitra’s contribution towards cultural improvement is highly appreciated by Industry & Business Establishment.
This simple & practical solution of performance measurement system has added value towards business excellence.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Labor Standards.
  • Health and Safety.
  • Management Systems.
  • Entitlement to Work.
  • Subcontracting and Homeworking.
  • Environmental assessment (complex)
  • Business Ethics.

The organization shall demonstrate compliance related to below mentioned requirements: –

  1. The Legal (Factory Act.)
  2. Social (Policies, Procedures and related documents)
  3. Health and Safety
  4. Environmental
  5. Social (Policies, Procedures and related documents)
  • Manufacturing units including sub-contractors
  • Service sector including Educational institutes, Hospitals and other service providers.
  • Any other business units irrespective of nature of business, size and location.

Year 2004 – Founded by a group UK retailers to merge the social audit standards.

Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) is an online system that allows suppliers to keep track of ethical and responsible business practices and communicate that information with their customers.

Over 40,000 SMETA audits are uploaded onto the Sedex platform every year.

The Sedex Certification is valid for 3 years.

Sedex is a global ethical trade membership organization that works with companies to improve working conditions in global supply chains. We provide an internet platform, tools, and services to assist businesses in operating responsibly and sustainably, protecting workers, and ethically sourcing goods and services.

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