We are a global non-profit membership organisation making it simpler to do business that’s good for everyone.
We’re home to one of the world’s largest collaborative platforms for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains, used by more than 47,000 members in over 150 countries.
Tens of thousands of companies use Sedex to manage their performance around labour rights, health & safety, the environment and business ethics.
Our services enable members to bring together many kinds of different data, standards and certifications, to make informed business decisions, and to drive continuous improvement across their value chains.
Read more in our Introduction to Sedex brochure.
Our Sedex Advance product 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 & the SSF
SMETA 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.
We convene the Sedex Stakeholder Forum (the SSF), the group that manages 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.
How we work
We work in partnership with many of the world’s most recognisable brands and thousands of factories, producers and industry experts.
Working with the right standards, information and technologies, we believe that business can shape the future of global trade to have an increasingly positive impact worldwide.
Everything we do is designed to make it simpler for our members to do business that’s good for everyone.
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 helps 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.
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.