Supplier Ethical Data Exchange

    Training, consulting and development of Sedex Requirements by Paradigm provides assurance that you have an effective quality system in your organization.

    SEDEX stores information on labour standards issues covered by ILO Conventions, ETI Base Code, SA 8000 etc. SEDEX members can use the information on the system to evaluate suppliers against any of these codes or the labour standard provisions in individual corporate codes. SEDEX itself does not specify a particular code or state that suppliers have ‘passed’ or ‘failed’. SEDEX provides an electronic system for collecting and analyzing comparable information on labour practices.It can be accessed by any supplier or site, anywhere in the world, providing they are able to use the internet. It will allow you to access and analyse ethical assessments, action plans and corrective actions and to track progress over time. Because SEDEX enables sites to share the same data with many customers, there is a strong incentive for suppliers to join. 

    Being on SEDEX does not mean that a company has met any ethical standards or is in compliance with any code. SEDEX simply holds information on labour practices which a company has chosen to share with its customers. It is up to each customer to assess the information and to decide whether suppliers meet their own standards. Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) Version 2.4 is common best practices and audit protocol developed by the Sedex Associate Auditor Group (AAG) in response to the challenge from Sedex members to provide a report format for ethical trade audits that could more easily be shared and to give greater transparency into the auditor qualifications and practices that underpin reports. This guidance document is not an attempt to re—invent ethical trade auditing and it should not be viewed as a new methodology for ethical trade auditing. Rather, it is an attempt to compile the best of current practices. 

    Through implementation and certification to SEDEX demonstrates to potential customers your organization’s ability to meet their labour related requirements and needs. This results in helping your customers/ SEDEX Members what practices are followed in your Organization and can be a business partner to any of the customer available on the site looking for it. Being on SEDEX doe snot mean that a company has met any ethical standards or is in compliance with any code. SEDEX simply holds information on labour practices which a company has chosen to share with its customers. It is up to each customer to assess the information and to decide whether suppliers meet their own standards but once you have been audited as per SMETA and your report is uploaded on SEDEX Website as it is and then customer will decide whether to start business talks based on its requirement.