Associate Auditor Groups

The Associate Auditor Groups (AAGs) are Sedex working groups made up of commercial auditing companies and NGOs that are significantly involved in ethical trade auditing, with active participation from Sedex members.

The purpose of the AAGs is to drive convergence in ethical trade/social auditing, based on and helping to shape best practice.

Participation in working groups is a condition of the AAGs membership and there is an application process with associated criteria.

The AAGs work to:-

  • improve  best practice guidance on conducting social audits (SMETA)
  • develop and improve  standardised preferred audit report formats (SMETA)
  • develop agreed protocols on auditor training requirements and qualifications (available to members in the ‘Resources’ section of the Sedex system)
  • establish project groups, where required
  • agree priorities and areas for system developments

You can find  further details on AAG membership, including costs and criteria, by visiting our ‘Auditors’ page. If you are an A or AB member of Sedex you can apply to become a member of one of the AAG’s. Please complete the application form (67KB) and return to [email protected].

For instructions on how to register as an auditor on the Sedex system please download part 1 of our Auditor Guidance Pack.

AAG Members

Being a member of an AAG does not affirm the competencies of, or certify, auditors. Sedex does not approve auditors or audit bodies.

Sedex will accept audits from all auditors and we believe it is the right and responsibility of our members, purchasers and suppliers to decide and agree which auditors they will use.

* Member of regional AAG (China) only

Other types of auditors

You do not need to be a member of the AAG in order to perform, or upload a SMETA audit onto Sedex, but there is the possibility of purchasing additional functionality.

For instructions on how to register as an auditor on the Sedex system please download part 1 of our Auditor Guidance Pack.

The Audit Company Group (previously the Non AAG)

As the number of global auditors using  the system has increased, other audit companies are interested in improving their ‘Sedex experience’.

For this reason, we have created another auditor group – ‘the Audit Company Group – who have increased their functionality on the Sedex system in order to offer an improved service to their customers. See our ‘Auditors’ page for more information.

Independent auditors

Independent auditors have their own way of using the Sedex system and membership of the AAG / Audit Company Group is not open to independent auditors.

To use the system, an independent auditor must be selected as the chosen auditor by the site who is commissioning the audit. The site must register the auditor’s email address to allow them to access Sedex and create an auditor account. Click for details on how to do this (1.2MB).

For additional information on using the Sedex system as an auditor please see our ‘Auditor FAQs’.