The Sedex Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) is a ground-breaking alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organizations which promotes the implementation of corporate codes of practice which cover supply chain working conditions. Their ultimate goal is to ensure that the working conditions of workers meet or exceed international labor standards.

It is composed of two key elements: the ETI Base Code and the accompanying Principles of Implementation. ETI has developed a code of labor practice reflecting the most relevant international standards with respect to labor practices and the local labor laws.

Intentions / Audit Methodology


  • Auditable labor standard code – not a certification scheme
  • Audits are conducted by any party (2nd or 3rd), as agreed by the supply chain

Standard / 12 principles for 2-pillar / 13 principles for 4 pillar

1.  Universal Rights covering UNGP

2.  Management system and code implementation

3.  Free chosen employment

4.  Freedom of association

5.  Safety & hygienic conditions

6.  Child Labor

7.  Living wages & benefits

6.  Working hours

7.  Discrimination

8.  Regular Employment

9.  Sub-contracting & homeworking

10.  Harsh or inhumane treatment

11.  Entitlement to work

12.  Environment 2- or 4- pillar

13.  Business ethics* (only 4-pillar)

Audit Tools

  • Self-assessment questionnaire for preparation (not mandatory)
  • SMETA (Sedex members ethical trade audit) audit form
  • SMETA audit report and CAPR format

Audit Time

  • Initial audit followed by follow up audit on yearly bases


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What makes us different?

Provision of reports that concisely and objectively inform of the outcome of the assessment.
Understanding and knowledge of local issues linked to Social Compliance.
Highly experienced auditors that undergo continuous training and learning.
Cooperative and respectful attitude towards factory management and employees during interviews.
Quality assurance and control staff working independently from the on-site audit process.
Global Management System based in ISO 9001:2015, ISO 17021:2011.
Real time operations follow up via our ALGI Management System Software.
Confidentiality, Integrity and Impartiality are our core business values.