Facts about SMETA

What is SMETA? 

SMETA is the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit. This audit is used by brands and retailers that are Sedex members and incorporates three elements: 

  • A common best-practice guidance on conducting ethical trade audits 
  • A common audit report format
  • A common corrective action plan format. 

What is AIM? 

AIM stands for Association des Industries Marque.

What is PROGRESS? 

PROGRESS stands for PROGramme for RESponsible Sourcing 


AIM-PROGRESS is a forum of consumer goods companies assembled to enable and promote responsible sourcing practices and sustainable production systems. It is a global initiative supported and sponsored by AIM (Association des Industries Marque) in Europe and the GMA (Grocery Manufacturers Association) in North America. 

AIM-PROGRESS aims to develop and promote the use of common evaluation methods to determine CSR performance within the supply chain. It aims to drive efficiencies for all companies by collecting, assessing and sharing non-competitive through the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex).