Ethical Sourcing and Social Audits

– Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) and SA 8000 certification

Integrated Compliance Solutions – Ethical Sourcing & Social Audit Specialists

With increasing global demand and awareness, ethically sourced goods that are produced and purchased in a manner that demonstrates respect for the people who produce them, as well as for the environment, have become highly valued.

Integrated Compliance Solutions offers a number of certification solutions that can help your business reduce duplication of effort in ethical trade auditing including:

  • Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA)
  • SA 8000 Standard

What is involved in an ethical sourcing audit?

Using a simple checklist approach to analyse your business, our experienced ethical sourcing consultants carry out on-site observations, conduct interviews with management and workers, inspect documents provided by manufactures, and present their findings in a SMETA audit, or SA 8000 report. Based on the report, our experts can prepare a corrective action plan, outlining the improvements needed to achieve compliance.

What are the benefits of an ethical sourcing audit?

An ethical sourcing and social responsibility audit can help your business:

  • Understand your social responsibility: how you want to relate to employees, customers, and the society beyond your business.
  • Define your business: involves understanding your products, profit and sustainability goals.
  • Determine the social issues affecting your business: those immediate and close to home, changing weather patterns and international conflict.
  • Set social goals: develop a plan to research social issues and identify solutions.

Ethical sourcing and social responsibility certification can grow your business by:

  • Reducing audit fatigue and costs by providing one format for audits that is widely accepted;
  • Motivating your workforce, while improving efficiency in the workplace;
  • Enhancing any ethical trading programmes your business currently has in place;
  • Improving brand protection through a commitment to responsible sourcing; and
  • Answering questions on ethical performance from non-government organisations and customers.

What is a SMETA audit?

SMETA audits are one of the world’s most commonly used ethical audit formats, completed on the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex). Sedex is a not-for-profit, web-based system designed to help organisations manage data on labour practices in their supply chain. Sedex members have the benefit of being able to publish their SMETA audit reports directly on the Sedex system for viewing by all customers.

Developed to provide guidance for both 2-Pillar and 4-Pillar audits, SMETA allows individual supply chains to choose their requirements.

A SMETA 2-Pillar audit comprises:

  1. Labour Standards
  2. Health and Safety

Additional Elements:

  • Universal Rights covering UNGP
  • Management Systems
  • Entitlement to Work
  • Subcontracting and Homeworking

A SMETA 4-Pillar audit contains:

  1. Labour Standards
  2. Health and Safety
  3. Environment
  4. Business Ethics

What is SA 8000 Compliance?

The SA 8000 Standard is a leading social certification standard for factories and organisations across the globe. Established by Social Accountability International in 1997 as a multi-stakeholder initiative, the Standard has evolved into an overall framework that helps certified organisations demonstrate their dedication to the fair treatment of workers across industries and countries.

Anchored by a management system that drives continuous improvement in all components of the Standard, SA 8000 measures social performance in eight areas important to social accountability in workplaces including:

  1. Child Labour
  2. Forced or Compulsory Labour
  3. Health and Safety
  4. Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining
  5. Discrimination
  6. Disciplinary Practices
  7. Working Hours
  8. Remuneration

We make getting SMETA or SA 8000 certified easy

Don’t know where to start with a documented ethical sourcing system? We can help. Our team of experienced consultants can help you understand the gaps between where you are and where you want to be with your ethical sourcing audit, quickly and easily.

Taking the hard work out of understanding and meeting the SMETA and SA 8000 guidelines, Integrated Compliance Solutions can provide you with lean, efficient system solutions at an operational level, and help you develop and implement an ethical sourcing audit system to meet your business needs.

Get a marketing edge over your competitors with ethical sourcing certification

Ethical sourcing certification can help you enter new markets and forge new partnerships through a clear demonstration of your commitment to ethical practices. Ethical and sustainable procurement also shows your customers, stakeholders and employees that you are committed to human rights and good labour practices.

Why use Integrated Compliance Solutions for your ethical sourcing audit?

Using industry experts, Integrated Compliance Solutions removes the pain and administrative burden from gaining and maintaining SMETA or SA 8000 certification. Bringing a no-fuss, low document approach to compliance, Integrated Compliance Solutions makes conformance easy with an end-to-end solution for your business.

Contact Us Today Regarding Sedex SMETA & SA 8000 Audits

If you think your company could benefit from a SMETA, or SA 8000 audit, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team today. Our consultants are available Australia-wide to provide comprehensive and reliable solutions you can count on.

For a no-obligation chat about our ethical sourcing and social auditing support service or any other compliance matter, please contact us or give us a call on 1300 132 745.

Not What You’re After?

We offer a number of different auditing services. If an ethical sourcing and social audit doesn’t sound like what you’re looking for, one of the following may be more applicable:

  • ISO Internal Audits: determines if a business’ management systems are compliant with ISO best-practice standards and pinpoints potential areas of improvement.
  • Compliance Audits: assesses whether a business meets the requirements of a given standard or set of standards. This type of auditing is relatively quick and cost-effective to complete; however, rather than being awarded ISO certification, organisations receive a certificate of compliance.
  • ISO Healthcheck Audit: helps organisations determine their current level of compliance before conducting a formal assessment of systems.
  • ISO Supplier Audits: analyses and verifies the extent to which suppliers comply with relevant ISO standards and guidelines.
  • ISO Gap Analysis: identifies any discrepancies between a business’ existing systems and relevant ISO standard requirements. A comprehensive plan detailing how to address these gaps is then created and actioned.

Alternatively, contact our consultants who can provide you with expert guidance and help you find the type of auditing that’s best suited to your business’ needs.


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