SEDEX System Implementation
Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, is a not-for-profit organisation based in London, UK, open for membership to any company anywhere in the world.
Sedex is a membership organisation for businesses committed to continuous improvement of the ethical performance of their supply chains. Companies join Sedex in order to use the Sedex web-based system, participate in Sedex governance , participate in working groups , network and engage with other Sedex members , utilise Sedex value-added services.
Sedex enables member companies to efficiently manage the ethical and responsible practices of their global supply chains, generating transparency through the provision of a data exchange.
Sedex focuses on four pillars. Members commit to improving their supply chain performance accordingly.
1. Labour Standards,
2. Health & Safety,
3. Environment and
4. Business Integrity.
The tool used by Sedex is named SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit). It incorporates 3 elements:
1.A best practice guidance on conducting ethical trade audits,
2. An audit report format and
3. A corrective action plan format.
Reducing the number of audits
“This membership allows us to respond to our customers’ diversified supply chain needs. We can now help them monitor sustainable performance in the supply chain more effectively, providing more visibility on the results of our audits. By submitting supply chain audit results to the database, we help ensuring transparency and re-use of existing audit data. A manufacturer does not need to re-audit a company to qualify them as suppliers, but rather checks their status in the Sedex database.”
“Our collaboration with Sedex is an important step for the direction we are taking with supply chain activities. We intend to pursue relations with key players in the supply chain arena, underlining the growing importance of supply chain auditing for our business.”