Becoming an Affiliate Audit Company

Becoming a Sedex Affiliate Audit Company will help you develop best-practice processes for conducting audits and enable you to store, share and act on resulting audit data through the value chain.

Only audit companies with a Sedex Affiliate Auditor account can conduct SMETA audits and access the functionalities and benefits of the Sedex Advance system, which audit companies can use to manage data from multiple locations in one account.

Sedex Audit Quality Programme

In 2019, Sedex is developing an audit quality programme to improve the quality of SMETA and audit data, to drive positive change in responsible sourcing for our members.

As part of this programme we are reviewing and developing the process for:

    • 1. Selecting audit companies who can become an Affiliate Audit Company and can conduct SMETA audits

2. Compliance with the SMETA minimum requirements

3. Implementing an appropriate Appeals Procedure

4. Ongoing performance management to ensure auditors appropriately conduct audits and properly capture audit data on a consistent basis

In 2019, we are running this programme as a pilot and from 1 June 2019 will not be accepting new applications for audit companies to become an Affiliate Audit Company while the pilot is running. We will notify you in due course when the application process is re-open. If you have any questions about this, please contact us at

The pilot will run during most of 2019 in six countries with 12 existing Affiliate Audit Companies. Sedex aims to officially launch the full SMETA Audit Quality Programme in mid-2020.


Sedex Affiliate Audit Companies 

The following audit companies are currently users of Sedex and SMETA:

List of Affiliate Audit Companies

Currently, the following audit companies are users of Sedex:

  • ABS Quality Evaluations Inc.
  • Accordia
  • ACTE International
  • AJA Bangladesh
  • ALGI
  • ARCHE Advisors Inc.
  • API Audit Limited
  • Benchmarks Company Limited
  • BSI Group
  • Bureau Veritas
  • Centre Testing International Corporation
  • Control Union Certifications
  • CSR Solutions
  • DNV GL
  • DQS CFS GmbH
  • Ecocert IMOswiss AG
  • Ethical Trade Services Africa
  • Extensive Standard Technical Services Co. Ltd.
  • FLO-Cert
  • Globalgroup Certification Limited
  • Global Sustainable Certification Services ltd
  • Hong Kong Q.C. Center
  • IBL Certification
  • Insite Compliance
  • International Compliance Group
  • Intertek
  • IQC
  • IQNet
  • Leverage Limited
  • LRQA
  • Manumit87
  • NSF Certification
  • Openview Service Limited
  • Partner Africa (formerly Africa Now)
  • Primus Auditing Ops
  • PwC Australia
  • QIMA Limited
  • Q-Inspect
  • Reassurance Network
  • RINA
  • SGS
  • SIPAS CR – Peru
  • SMT Global
  • Social Compliance Services Asia
  • TUV Nord Cert
  • TÜV Rheinland
  • UL – Responsible Sourcing Inc.
  • URS Verification
  • V-Trust Inspection Service
  • Verisio
  • Verner Wheelock (incorporating KSSA)
  • Wieta

Benefits for Affiliate Audit Companies

  • Authorised to conduct SMETA audits
  • Permanent login facilities to Sedex
  • Pre-populated email address on the Sedex system, making it easier for a supplier to select you as their chosen auditor
  • Access to member self-assessment data, once you have been nominated as an audit partner of that member
  • Access to non-compliance and other data relating to audit reports uploaded by your own company
  • Central view of your own audit company’s audit data