Social Audits

If you’re looking for an effective way to manage risk in your supply chains, you’re in the right place. We can help you balance corporate social responsibility with business performance. Our social auditing services help to reduce risk to your business, protect your company reputation and improve ethical and responsible business practices. In order to verify social compliance of your company or your subcontractors, FLOCERT offers high-quality Social Audits which can also be shared via the Sedex platform.

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SMETA is one of the most widely used ethical audit formats in the world – an audit procedure which is a compilation of good practice in ethical audit technique.

Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) is a not-for-profit global membership organisation that drives responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Members of Sedex can store, share and report their organisation's social and environmental data on a user-friendly online database that connects buyers and suppliers with responsible business practices all over the world.

Sedex has developed the audit procedure SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) that compiles good and established practices in ethical audit technique. Using SMETA you can have one audit conducted and share it with multiple customers, rather than having a different audit for each customer. Perhaps you're also meeting Fairtrade Standards? If so, we can combine the Social Audit with your Fairtrade audit, saving you time, money and administrative effort and "audit fatigue".


Our range of Social Audits

As global experts for ethical certification, we can offer different audit types for all brands, retailers, companies and manufacturers who want to play an active part in improving the working conditions of the people who produce the goods they sell. Which audit type is the most suitable for you?

  • ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative):

Our audits against the ETI Base Code are based on nine core principles, such as collective bargaining, safe working conditions and living wages. Together, these principles reflect the global understanding of fair and good working conditions as set by the International Labour Organisation (ILO)

  • The SMETA ‘2 Pillar' Audit:

You want to go beyond working conditions? In our SMETA 2 Pillar Audits we also assess basic environmental practices, as well as, among others, Management Systems, responsible recruitment, code implementation, or the United Nations' Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs)

  • SMETA ‘4-Pillar' Audit:

You want to dive deeper into environment and business ethics? Then the SMETA 4 Pillar Audit is the right option for you. It is the most inclusive Social Audit we offer, comprising all elements of a SMETA 2 Pillar Audit as well as additional checkpoints on these aspects

  • Combined Audit:

Having and Initial or Renewal Fairtrade Audit? Why not combine it with a Social Audit to make your audit management easier. After the audit you’ll receive separate reports for your Fairtrade Audit and Social Audit.



We're the global certifier for Fairtrade, the world-leading ethical standard. Our expertise is built on a long history in credible, premium quality certification services.

  • Our experienced auditors, located all over the world, are familiar with local working conditions and languages and maintain close connections with farmers
  • We can carry out your Social Audit and regular Fairtrade audit in one trip, saving you time, money and paperwork
  • Once we've audited your company you'll be able to find responsible supply chain partners quickly and easily, using just one central data management system on the Sedex platform.


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More Other Schemes

Besides Social Audits we also offer Fairtrade and EDGE certification. Find out more by clicking on one of the links below:


Fairtrade OverviewEDGE Certification