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Why hire us for conducting SEDEX/SMETA Audits?

We are an approved auditing company authorized to conduct Sedex Audits.

  • Our services are globally valid.
  • Not just Sedex 2 Pillar audits but also 4 Pillar audits.
  • We have more than 15 years of experience in the same domain and have highly qualified auditors.
  • Archive 92.6% of SEDEX Quality check.
  • On Time Audit & Report.
  • SEDEX report in 3 working days after the Audit, on your Sedex Advance Portal.
  • Our dedicated and professional programming team is also available to design and customize Sedex Dashboard for clients.
  • SEDEX Quotation within 15 minutes of submission of your inquiry.
  • Quick response from our back-office.

    Membership Enrolment with APSCA.

    Eurocert S A has now been given provisional membership by APSCA. APSCA approved member firms and CSCA are trusted professionals of the social compliance industry.

    * As a provisional and committed member of APSCA, Eurocert is committed to enhancing the cause of APSCA. We are going to offer its high standard of Social Auditing with highly ethical and professional auditors in Asia and Europe.

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    What is SEDEX Audit?

    Sedex stands at the forefront of ethical trade service providers worldwide. Committed to enhancing working conditions in global supply chains, Sedex offers practical tools, services, and a community network to empower companies in adopting responsible and sustainable business practices. At the heart of Sedex’s initiatives is the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA), a comprehensive audit methodology for ethical trade.

    What is SMETA Audit?

    SMETA is a robust audit methodology designed to incorporate best practices in ethical auditing. Covering Sedex’s four pillars—Labour, Health and Safety, Environment, and Business Ethics—SMETA provides auditors with a toolkit to conduct high-quality audits that span all aspects of responsible business practices.

     Sedex/Smeta Audit Step by Step

    The main role of Sedex is continuous improvement in working conditions. Now, more and more brands and buyers are using Sedex Audits to monitor and reduce their supply chain risks. Popularity of SMETA Audits is now increasing not only in international trade but also in national trade. As compliances for business increase day by day and supply chains get more distributed and shorter, the  inherent risks in supply chains are passed on to the main business. This is where a SMETA Audit comes as an important tool for Buyers and Businesses.

    FAQ

    Most frequent questions and answers

    You need to be an Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) member to become a Sedex Auditor. If an auditor wants to become an ASPCA member you have to be associated with an APSCA member firm. To become a Certified Social Compliance Auditor (CSCA) you have to complete three examinations of APSCA.

    Mail at: info@eurocert.in Ph:+91-9316012883 to know more.

    A SMETA/SEDEX Audit comprises Two-Pillar and Four-Pillar Audit.

    Two Pillar Sedex Audit (SMETA 2P) covers:    

    1. Labour Standard
    2. Health & Safety
    3. Additional Elements:
              • Management Systems
              • Entitlement to Work
              • Subcontracting and Home Working
              • Abridged version of Environment

    Four Pillar Sedex Audit (SMETA 4P) additionally covers :

    1. Environment (extended) – this replaces the Environment (shortened version)
    2. Business Ethics

    Though these pillars are new additions, Eurocert  is particularly equipped to add value in these pillars because of our experience with other sustainability initiatives which focus on recycling of material and reuse monitoring of material.

    Sedex is not a certification. SMETA audits result in an Audit Report and not in a certificate. Though it covers sustainability aspects in its audit, you cannot use a Sedex Logo on your product, as it is not a sustainability certification.

    A buyer should always look for a SMETA CAPR  and SMETA Audit Reports on the Sedex platform. It is not a good practice to ask for separate CAPR Reports or SMETA Audit Reports in pdf format. There is a possibility of you getting manipulated reports of CAPR.

    There is no validity mentioned on the SMETA audit report. It is generally considered to be one year from the date of audit. It depends more on the buyer if he is accepting an old report.

    The Sedex membership fee is paid annually and you can log in and get your Sedex membership renewed by paying online.

    Every SMETA audit will probably result in non-conformities. These non-conformities will have root causes. SMETA CAPR report identified 04 main type of root causes:

    1. Training
    2. Systems
    3. Costs
    4. Lack of Workers
    5. Other

    It is very common to identify more than one root cause for any non-conformity.  A “system” root cause is a very prominent root cause that may or may not be identified by the auditor. As a factory management , you should always try to find out if the recurrence of this type of non-conformity can be avoided by placing a system.

    A system is a combination of process and communication of the result of process. An example of “process” can be a monitoring process and the result of this monitoring process should be communicated in a simple and direct way.

    An example of nonconformity can be blocking of escape routes. While the cause of this can be both training and systems, we can try and find a corrective action for “system” root cause .

    A “system” root cause will force the management to come up with a “system” for monitoring of status of escape routes and this can be done  on a daily basis. The next important step is to communicate this “monitoring effort”  and report it in a way that is visible to all stakeholders.

    The easiest and straightforward way to make your own SMETA audit checklist is to start with your SAQ question. The SAQ- Self assessment questionnaire is available to all manufacturers when they register and pay their annual membership fee. Add to this the legal requirements of your local area regarding environment, health and safety and labour law. You can have the initial format for the SMETA audit checklist . Please note this is just a small checklist which you have to further develop.