The SMETA BPG (this document) has been produced to give a consistent global auditing procedure that Sedex members can share with confidence and with full transparency of the standards and protocols used.
A SMETA 2-Pillar audit comprises the 2 pillars of Labour Standards and Health and Safety.These are mandatory modules for any SMETA audit. It also contains the additional elements of Management Systems (including Land
Rights), Universal Rights covering UNGP, Responsible Recruitment Practices, Entitlement to Work, Subcontracting and Homeworking, and a shortened Environment Assessment.
A SMETA 4-Pillar audit includes all the above elements plus the additional pillars of Environment (extended assessment – replaces shortened assessment) and Business Ethics. These additional pillars may not be required for all Sedex members and it is important that sites of employment and auditors are clear when these extra modules are required.