What is Sedex?

Sedex is a global membership
organisation that prides itself on 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 50,000 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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

Questions?

Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to common queries about Sedex, our membership, our system and ethical audits.