Apex Cordset Technologies recently had a SMETA audit conducted, thereby complying with ethical and responsible business values.
SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) created by the Sedex Stakeholder Forum, is the world’s most commonly used ethical audit format with 230,000 audited sites. It has a collection of good practise in ethical audit techniques. It is designed to assist auditors conduct high quality audits consisting of all aspects of responsible business practices. SMETA is built on labour standards, health & safety business ethics and the environment ensuring that its three main elements – a common corrective, action plan format, best practice guidance on conducting ethical trade audits and a common audit report format – are thoroughly maintained.
SMETA allows a supplier to have an audit conducted and shared with multiple customers. The documents are designed to be used by experienced auditors in line with established practices.
SMETA plays a vital role in efforts to ensure responsible transparency and sourcing within supply chains.
This audit assists in measuring the positive impacts that happen on site, using performance indicators such as worker turnover. SMETA is able to record non-compliance where unethical and fraudulent business practises are employed where the issue does not fit into the code clause. It covers the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGP) forming an introduction to human rights assessment. SMETA also covers land rights, including legal consent and tenure. Questions have been added to show the methodologies used to calculate the living wages as well as questions related to the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.
There is an increased focus on monitoring emissions and waste. There are also strong requirements for fire safety.
SMETA is not a fail or pass audit. The non-conformances, good examples and observations are reported to help a site build and improve on good business practises. It is an open source approach, meaning that you don’t have to be a Sedex member to use the methodology.
SMETA accreditation is fast becoming a prerequisite to doing business with many of the major retailers within South Africa. This means that Apex Cordsets has now been added to the approved suppliers list for the top retail chains in South Africa
Apex Cordsets is proud to have been a part of the SMETA audit !