Project Description

The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange Database (SEDEX) is a worldwide platform for the exchange of information on ethically sustainable production in the supply chain.

The Sedex Database enables its members to manage their suppliers and reduce their risks by exchanging information on ethical performance. This way improvements regarding ethically sustainable business practices are made throughout the production chain. Enterprises which perform a Sedex-Audit according to the SMETA-Guidelines and share this information in the Sedex-Database can prove to their customers that they respect the principles of ethically and socially sustainable production.

Customers, on the other hand, can effectively manage their suppliers according to these principles, thus reducing their risk.




Service Processes 服務流程
Organization 組織DQS 審核機構Remarks 備註
Implemented a management system against associated standards |
Provide basic data to DQS |
Service quotation and contract |
Confirmation |
Register for Sedex member |
註冊 Sedex會員
Membership fee to Sedex |
Set up account and register ‘site of employment’ |
Complete Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) |
Create an ‘Audit Request’ |
Select DQS from the authorized audit service provider list |
Document review, including SAQ |
(Participation | 參與)On-site audit |
(Participation | 參與)Discussion on interim report |
Upload report to Sedex Database |
Audit reports only visible to selected parties, such as clients |
Corrective actions to NCs, if any, within specified period |
An effectiveness verification, by an off-site assessment or on-site Follow-up Audit |
Upload assessment results to Database |
Request for periodical audits |
Audit (normally once per year |
審核 (通常每年一次)
Audit Types 審核類型

A SMETA 2-Pillar Audit comprises 兩模塊審核包括:

  • Labour Standards 勞工標準
  • Health & Safety 職業健康和安全
  • Additional Elements 額外要素 :
    – – Management Systems 管理體系
    – – Entitlement to Work 工作權利
    – – Subcontracting and Homeworking 分包和在家工作
    – – Environment (shortened) 環境(簡化版)

A SMETA 4-Pillar Audit contains in addition 四模塊審核另外增加:

  • Environment (extended) 環境(擴展版)
  • Business Ethics 商業道德

Notes 注:

  • The basic 2-Pillars of a SMETA audit are governed by the standards in ETI Base Code.
    SMETA 2-Pillar 審核由道德貿易聯盟基礎準則中的標準加以管理。
  • A 4-Pillars Audit adds Environment (extended version) and Business Ethics, governed by standards arrived at by a process of membership and multi-stakeholder consultation.
    SMETA 4 Pillar 審核增加擴展的環境管理要求和商業道德,這由一個會員和相關方協商過程所定的標準加以管理。
  • The audit type will depend on your request, which shall consider your customers’ request.
  • Normally, the organization should complete self-assessment and provide the report before audit.
Notification of an Audit 審核通知

Depending on the outcome of risk assessments and/or audit planning, prior notice of the audit may or may not be given.
This results in three possible audit types:

  • Announced: audit date is agreed with, or disclosed to, the audited site.
  • Semi-announced: audit date will fall within an agreed ‘window’.
  • Unannounced: no prior notice is given.



  • 計劃型:審核會在事先通知或同意的日期進行
  • 半計劃型:審核日期將在約定的期間進行
  • 突擊型:沒有事先通知。
The organization's Preparation 組織的準備
  • Facility floor plan
  • Applicable laws and regulations
  • Labour contracts/written employment agreements
  • Employee handbook (terms and conditions of employment)
  • Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA)
  • A list of all the chemicals and solvents used on the site
  • Training records
  • Permits, operating licences, certificates of operations, etc.
  • Government Inspection reports e.g. sanitation, fire safety, structural safety, environmental compliance, etc.
  • Machinery inspection/service logs
  • Accident and injury log
  • Emergency action procedures
  • Evacuation plan
  • Time records for the past 12 months
  • Payroll records for past 12 months
  • Piece rate records for the past 12 months (if applicable)
  • Insurance, tax and other required receipts
  • Production records
  • Minutes of joint committees on OHS e.g. disciplinary matters
  • Previous ethical trade audit reports/corrective action logs
  • Any appropriate certifications e.g. ISO 45001, OSHAS 18001, ISO 14001, ISO 9001, Chain of Custody etc.
  • Facility polices:
    – Child labour
    – Wage and hours of work
    – Disciplinary
    – Benefits and allowances
    – Health and Safety
    – Labour/Human rights
    – Environment
    – Training
    – Discrimination and harassment
    – Homeworkers, outworkers and subcontractors


  • 場所平面圖
  • 適用的法律法規
  • 勞動合同/書面勞務協議
  • 員工手冊(就業條款和條件)
  • 勞資談判協議(CBA)
  • 場所使用的所有化學品和溶劑清單
  • 培訓記錄
  • 許可、運營許可證、營業執照等
  • 政府檢查報告,如衛生、消防、結構安全、環境合規等。
  • 機器檢查/運行記錄
  • 事故和傷害記錄
  • 應急措施規程疏散計畫
  • 過去12個月的工時記錄
  • 過去12個月的工資記錄
  • 去12個月內計件工資記錄(如有)
  • 保險、稅以及其他要求的收據
  • 生產記錄
  • 職業健康安全聯合委員會的會議記錄,如紀律事項。
  • 上一次道德貿易審核報告/糾正措施記錄
  • 適用的認證,如ISO 45001、OSHAS 18001、ISO 14001、ISO 9001、監管鏈認證等。
  • 場所政策:
    – 童工
    – 工資和工時
    – 紀律
    – 員工福利
    – 健康和安全
    – 勞動/人權
    – 環境
    – 培訓
    – 歧視和騷擾
    – 在家工作、外勤工作人員和分包工


Benefits from SEDEX  好處:

  • Improve your company’s reputation 提高公司的聲譽
  • competitive advantage 贏得競爭優勢
  • Reduction of risk 降低風險
  • Improvement of supplier relationships 改善供應關係
  • One instead of several audits 避免重複審核

DQS is a member of Associate Auditor Groups (AAG) of SEDEX.
DQS 是 SEDEX 關聯審核員團體 (AAG) 的成員。