Responsible sourcing audits have become a familiar part of the production landscape.Part of their commitment to responsible sourcing, many food and beverages companies are asking their suppliers to complete a Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) to verify their social and environmental compliance.
What is the scope of the SMETA audit?
The SMETA audit inspection takes about 2-3 days onsite for most North American suppliers. The inspection includes a facility tour, document review, and management and worker interviews. Topics covered include occupational health and safety, worker wages and working hours, management systems, and legal/ethics compliance.
How much will it cost?
SMETA audits can be surprisingly affordable because SMETA does not carry a certificate fee, and audit results are recognized by many buyers for up to 3 years, which helps to reduce your audit fatigue. Allow us to draw up a tailored quote just for you. We can also bundle SMETA audits with other quality and sustainability standards like GFSI, RSPO, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, USDA Organic, etc.
My operation is farming. Is SMETA relevant to me?
Yes! The SMETA protocol is based on universal standards and on local laws. It is flexible and relevant across industries and is regularly used for faming/packing operations as well as processing and manufacturing.