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Update: Version 6.0 SMETA Best Practice Guidance

The updated Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) 6.0 was first released in April 2017. SMETA 5.0 remained active for two months to allow companies to become familiar with the new benefits 6.0 has to offer. On June 1st 2017, SMETA 6.0 became the sole version, continuing to provide businesses with an advanced bespoke auditing template. 

SMETA undergoes a regular review to ensure it reflects changes and best practice in social auditing for our members. The Best Practice Guidance document gives an overview of how SMETA works within the Sedex Advanceplatform, the standards used in a Sedex audit and an overview of the audit content.

This document describes the key steps of planning, executing and documenting a SMETA audit against Sedex’s four pillars for a sustainable supply chain;

SMETA uses the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code and the local law as its monitoring standards. The SMETA methodology has been developed to now allow members to include their own codes, in addition to the ETI and local law codes.
The Best Practice Guide assists auditors to carry out SMETA audits using this standard agreed protocol. This helps auditors achieve the consistency needed for social audits to be widely accepted by retailers and brands. 

The SMETA Best Practice Guidance covers five stages of guiding your auditing procedure:
  1. Audit Request
  2. Preparation
  3. Audit Execution
  4. Audit Outputs
  5. Audit Follow-up