What is a SMETA Audit?
A SMETA audit is a methodology for conducting a social audit. This methodology keeps on changing. As of now SMETA 6.1 is the latest methodology for conducting Ethical Audits?
Why is my Buyer asking for SMETA Audit?
Buyers are under pressure to prove their contribution to the sustainability goals. The Bigger Buyers like retail giants are more under pressure for not doing enough for environment and labor welfare and other UN sustainability Goals. Since you are possible part of their supply chain. They wish to demonstrate improvement in supply chain as well. One of the mechanism is SMETA audit.
How much does a SMETA Audit costs ?
A SMETA audit can cost anywhere between 600 USD to 5000 USD depending on where you are and how many employees you have.
What is the difference Between SMETA 2 Pillar Report and 4 Pillar Report ?
A SMETA 2 Pillar is based on Labor welfare and basic environment criteria, whereas SMETA 4 Pillar Audit is based on additional criteria of
- Advanced Environment
- Business Ethics
Does a SMETA Audit covers Carbon Foot Print ?
While a SMETA audit can theoretically cover Carbon footprint. It is our opinion that since the time period in a SMETA audit is very less and the coverage of the audit very large, It is impossible to cover carbon footprint in a SMETA Audit.
Does a SMETA Audit covers Product and Packaging Recycling ?
No. Perhaps this is one of the many limitations of a SMETA Audit.
Is SMETA Audit good for B2B lead generation?
Sedex has a business Directory and is available to all for producer. If you have good credentials you can show case your report and credentials to many buyers who are looking for sustainable supply chains
What is Sedex?
Before we explain what is Sedex Audits we have to know about Sedex and SMETA. Sedex is a Standard used for Ethical Trade Audits. SEDEX is a non-profit organization which works by the secure online data base for the improvement of ethical and responsible business practices. Sedex members can share and manage information related to Labour Standards, Health & Safety, The Environment and Business Ethics. Sedex members are committed for enhancement. The main role of Sedex is to share and manage supply-chain information in an effective manner, aiming at Continuous improvement.
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Industry Type In India
India has all types of Industries and Sedex audit are more focussed in the following industries
Textile and Apparels
Some Service Sectors
Official Sedex Audit Related Legal Resources for INDIA
Industrial Employment(Standing Orders) Act, 1946
The Employees State Insurance Act
Workmen’s Compensation Act,1923
Payment of Wages Act, 1936
Fire services Act 2009
Child Labour (Abolition & Regulation) Act,1986
Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976
Maternity Benefit Act,1961
Payment of Bonus Act,1965
Equal Remuneration Act, 1976
Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970