Information about the SEDEX Audit

The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) database is a world-renowned platform for sharing information about ethically sustainable production in the supply chain. The SEDEX database enables members to support supplier management and reduce risk through information exchange. This results in improvements in ethically responsible business practices.

Demonstrate compliance with high standards for working conditions and human rights.

Transparency of social commitment for potential partners

Exchange of information on an internationally recognized database

Responsible business practices across the value chain

Description of the standard

Basic information on SEDEX

SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) represents the largest platform for sustainability in the supply chain. The information in this platform is based on a proprietary audit format, the SEDEX Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA audit). Topics such as human rights, workers' rights, occupational health and safety, the environment, and business ethics are queried, with a focus on the topic of workers' rights.

At the same time, SMETA specifies a uniform reporting format to ensure that the information is meaningful and comparable. The audit report resulting from your SMETA audit is posted to the SEDEX database. This internationally recognized platform makes an important contribution to transparency in sustainable corporate social responsibility and supports SEDEX members in supplier management and risk reduction.

The ETI Code (Ethical Trade Initiative) serves as the basis. As a rule, the impetus for a SEDEX audit comes from a supplier's customer. For the procedure, a Self Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) has to be completed.

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What types are there?

What are the SEDEX membership categories?

Companies can join SEDEX as a buyer or as a supplier, depending on their needs:

-          Buyer membership: Join Sedex as a buyer if your aim is to monitor your supply chain and evaluate sustainability risks and performance of your suppliers

-          Supplier membership: Join Sedex as a supplier if your aim is to share information and audit results with your customers


Added value

Why does SEDEX make sense for my company?

With over 30,000 members worldwide, the SEDEX community provides your company with the assurance that your SEDEX partner meets the best practice requirements of the SMETA catalog in terms of sustainability in the supply chain.

Companies that have a SEDEX audit performed according to the SMETA guidelines and share this information in the database can show their buyers that they respect the principles of ethical and social sustainability in production. On the other hand, buyers get the opportunity to effectively manage their supply chain according to these principles and thus reduce their risk.

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DQS: Your audit company for SEDEX audits

DQS is part of the SEDEX system as a so-called Approved Audit Company (AAC). This entitles us to perform SEDEX audits worldwide according to the SMETA catalog and to manage them centrally. 


How does a SEDEX audit work?

An already registered member of SEDEX invites you to a SMETA audit. Join Sedex and complete the Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) in preparation of the audit. DQS will provide you with an information pack on how to prepare for the audit.

This is followed by an on-site audit, in which we at DQS check your information for compliance with the criteria of the SMETA catalog.

At the same time, our auditors record any deficiencies and develop a concept with you to implement the identified potential for improvement through suitable measures.

The findings of your audit are used to produce a detailed report for the SEDEX database. There you can provide your clientele with insight into the audit results and thus demonstrably meet the requirements of your clientele.

A SMETA audit is explicitly not a certification. If and when the next audit should take place depends on the requirements of your customers.


How much does the SEDEX SMETA audit cost?

The cost of a SEDEX SMETA audit depends primarily on the size of the company. We will be happy to make you an individual offer for your company without obligation.


What you can expect from us

  • DQS is a Sedex Approved Audit Company and a member of the APSCA initiative
  • Worldwide, multicultural expertise
  • Industry-experienced experts with insight into local markets
  • Personal, seamless support from our specialists - regionally, nationally and internationally
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We will be happy to provide you with an individual quote for SEDEX SMETA audits.