Sedex is one of the world’s leading ethical trade service providers, working to improve working conditions in global supply chains.
We provide practical tools, services and a community network to help companies improve their responsible and sustainable business practices, and source responsibly.
Using Sedex enables companies to work together to better manage their social and environmental performance, and protect people working in the supply chain. Sedex has over 60,000 members in 180 countries, across 35 industry sectors, including food, agriculture, financial services, clothing and apparel, packaging and chemicals.
We have offices in London, Gurugram, Santiago de Chile, Shanghai, Sydney and Tokyo.
Sedex has over 15 years of expertise operating in responsible sourcing and works with some of the world’s most recognisable brands and standard setting organisations, such as the United Nations and Ethical Trade Initiative.
Managing multi-tier data more simply
By using our products and services our members can manage their multi-tier, responsible sourcing data simply and efficiently. They can take advantage of standardised formats and reports whilst collaborating by sharing common information.
Providing cost-effective solutions
Sedex is ‘owned’ by its members, so it is completely focused on providing the responsible sourcing data, technology solutions, products and services our members need. Our scale and expertise also help us bring together members and stakeholders to drive convergence between different industry standards and methodologies.
Driving continuous improvement
We understand supply chain management as a continuous, collaborative process of improvement. Our audit methodologies help businesses identify opportunities for improvement and work with their suppliers to make changes. They also reduce duplication and ‘audit fatigue’ by allowing suppliers to share one set of data with multiple customers.
Sedex Advance is one of the largest collaborative platforms in the world for buyers, suppliers and auditors to store, share and report on information quickly and easily.
For buyers, we make it simpler to understand how supply chains are performing, and to identify and act on opportunities for improvement.
For suppliers, we make it easy to share information with multiple buyers in an agreed format. This frees up time spent on unnecessary duplication.
SMETA, Sedex’s proprietary audit methodology, is one of the most widely used social audit procedures in the world. It provides a globally-recognised way to assess responsible supply chain activities, including labour rights, health & safety, the environment and business ethics.
The Sedex Stakeholder Forum (SSF)
The Sedex Stakeholder Forum (SSF) is a mixed group of members, Affiliate Audit Companies and other stakeholders that informs the ongoing development of SMETA and other related tools. The SSF is made up of working groups which include brands and retailers, NGOs, industry experts/associations and monitoring firms that are significantly involved in ethical trade auditing. It is currently active in the UK, China and Latin America.
What we don’t do
We do not audit, and we do not certify. We create an independent framework through which responsible business can develop at global scale.
Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to common queries about Sedex, our membership, our system and ethical audits.
For other questions, please see our contact page.