Globally recognised social audit format
SMETA is a globally recognised audit developed by the British Sedex Associate Auditor Group non-profit organisation. It helps organisations minimise risk by promoting transparency throughout the supply chain. Well-known companies such as Danone and Nestlé, which are also part of Schubert’s customer base, rely on this audit in collaboration with their business partners. An impartial auditor from Bureau Veritas inspected Schubert’s production facilities in depth during tours in all areas and ascertained through individual and group interviews with employees that the guidelines under the law and the ETI Basic Code were being complied with. The extensive audit evaluates a company’s production sites and value chains according to national laws and the ethical ETI Code and confirms that Schubert acts in accordance with the right processes and adheres to the best practice guidelines for ethical trade in line with the needs of its customers.
In the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), companies have joined forces with their customers, trade unions, international human rights and development organisations to promote working conditions, employee and human rights. Certification is carried out in keeping with the initiative’s firmly defined ethical guidelines – with topics such as work guidelines, health and safety at the forefront. Another pillar of the audit relates to the environment and business practices.