Assuring your supply chain: ethical sourcing - SMETA

To meet the long-term interests of your company and its stakeholders, it is important to ensure the quality and stability of your supply chain. This includes identifying and mitigating risks relating to labour standards, health and safety, sustainable use of resources, and company reputation. SMETA 4-pillars is an audit designed to support responsible sourcing practices and sustainable production systems. It places emphasis upon environmental and business integrity.

SMETA 4-pillars has been designed to meet a number of objectives which includes promotion of responsible sourcing within the supply chain and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of evaluation using a common methodology and allowing for the exchange of assessment data. Through common evaluation methods, benefits include: 

  • Reduced duplication of effort through a standardised and shared approach to ethical trade audits 
  • Improved supply chain management - Improved brand protection through commitment to responsible sourcing 
  • Benchmarking opportunities against an international network of organisations. 

As an independent third party, partnering with LRQA ensures neutrality and credibility. LRQA operates worldwide, and we provide technical expertise in social accountability, health and safety, and environmental management, that you require globally, while understanding your local business environment and culture. This ensures consistency across your supply chain and enables benchmarking. Uploading your data onto the Sedex database helps to reduce duplication of audits and data, and provides an effective way to share data with your customers.

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