SMETA 4-pillars responsible sourcing

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SMETA 4-pillars was developed by AIM (Association des Industries Marque) in order to meet the changing needs of consumer goods organizations. Placing a greater emphasis on environmental issues and business integrity, SMETA 4-pillars goes beyond the requirements of a standard SMETA audit. 

Who can use SMETA 4-pillars?

SMETA 4-pillars was designed for, and is primarily used by, Sedex members to help meet objectives including promotion of responsible sourcing within the supply chain and improving ethical audit effectiveness and efficiency.

Organizations who aren’t Sedex members are also encouraged to use SMETA with the aim to improve audit transparency through sharing of auditor qualifications and practices as well as audit methodology.

Why is SMETA 4-pillars important for your business?

SMETA 4-pillars was designed to support responsible sourcing practices and sustainable production systems. Through common evaluation methods, benefits include:

  • Reduced costs through standardised and shared approach to sharing audit information
  • Improved supply chain management
  • Benchmarking opportunities against an international network
  • Improved brand protection through commitment to responsible sourcing

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SMETA 4-pillars benefits

Our social audits focus on the areas and issues that are important to your business and with our global network of assessors in over 120 countries, you can be sure that LRQA has a knowledge of the local language, culture and legislation that affects your organization.

Why choose LRQA for SMETA audits?

LRQA’s unique assessment methodology – Business Assurance – ensures our Sedex Member Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA) focus on the areas and issues that are important to your business, key stakeholders and supply chain.

Global Footprint. We operate in more than 120 countries. This global network ensures both worldwide presence and knowledge of local language, culture and legislation.

Social Responsibility Expertise. Our assessors are social compliance, social responsibility, sustainability and SMETA experts with years of experience, matched with your business needs, enabling an effective and robust assessment of your system. Our experts are recognized voices in the industry and regularly participate in the technical committees that develop and improve standards including ISO 26000, the non-certifiable guidance on social responsibility and the G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines themselves.

SMETA 4-pillars audits from by LRQA helps to ensure ‘best practice’ with regards to responsible sourcing, leading to:

Competitive advantage. LRQA is a market leader in the provision of assessment, certification and training services, and some of the world’s best known organizations choose LRQA for their SMETA audit and social responsibility assessment needs.

Continual improvement. Improve responsible sourcing processes throughout the organization and drive improvements across your supply chain.

New business opportunities. Audits from LRQA significantly improves your ability to work with the many organizations where SMETA 4-pillars is a contractual obligation or expectation.

SMETA audits and Sedex upload. Once LRQA SMETA audits have been carried out and technical approval is given, we provide you with a detailed report which can be uploaded into Sedex on your behalf. Sharing your report through Sedex demonstrates transparency to your stakeholders through a globally recognized brand.

For more information about our SMETA 4-pillars services, please contact us.