The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) is the organisation that conducts the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA), one of the world’s most widely used ethical audit formats. SMETA is an audit methodology that provides a compilation of best practice ethical audit techniques. The audit has been designed to help auditors conduct high quality audits that encompass all aspects of responsible business practice, covering Sedex’s four pillars.

On 13 July 2020, the SMETA four-pillar audit was conducted at Novus Print: Montague Gardens – Web, which focused on Labour Standards, Health & Safety, Environment and Business Ethics. Majority of the outcomes were positive, however we were advised that we should develop a Land Rights Policy and should ensure that our contractors are also compliant with all the applicable SMETA criteria. Rosetta Julius, Senior Human Resources Practitioner at Novus Print: Montague Gardens – Web says, “By conducting the SMETA Audit we are given a comprehensive report which highlights the areas where we are doing well and also gives us an understanding of where we can improve. This ensures that we continually improve as a business and also improves the lives of our employees.” 

Rosetta has been employed with the Group since 2011 and has held various positions ranging from wage clerk to payroll supervisor. Rosetta has been involved with the SMETA Audit since 2012 – when it was introduced to the organisation, and is considered our resident expert on this topic.