Do you want to shop ethically, but do you have no idea what all those labels, organizations and terms mean? Then check out our handy guides for all the labels and certifications! We sorted out the most well-known certificates: what are their values and why are they important?
SMETA is short for the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit, a quality mark that guarantees ethical trade. As the name suggests, the label is intended for members of Sedex, an international organization, which is focused on ethical trade. The audit is performed by an independent party, who audits companies on the following pillars: labor standards, health and safety, environment and business ethics. There are two different SMETA certificates for companies, the “SMETA 2-Pillar”, which only looks at labor standards and health and safety of employees, or the “SMETA 4-Pillar”, which takes all 4 pillars into account. The SMETA quality mark helps companies to improve their working conditions.