An online resource enabling retailers and manufacturers to audit working conditions in their suppliers’ factories has been launched.
Sedex, which will enable producers to store and share ethical audit information with customers, is a not-for-profit company owned and managed by members including M& S, Safeway, Tesco, Waitrose, Geest, Northern Foods, RHM and Uniq.
Suppliers are currently inundated with requests for visits and questionnaires from retailers and auditors wanting to know the same things said a Sedex spokeswoman.
“This way, information on pay, conditions and things like the use of child labour, will all be available in one place.”
Information will be provided from suppliers and third party auditors. If this is not enough to satisfy customers, they can interrogate suppliers further.
Head of ethical trading at Tesco Terry Babbs said Sedex would help prevent multiple audits of the same sites.