The preferred audit format is SMETA, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange’s (Sedex) social auditing methodology, which is the most widely used format in the world for social and ethical audits. Essity’s own and wholly owned production facilities that have conducted self-assessments in Sedex are available to Essity’s customers who are also part of Sedex. Customers conduct audits in accordance with SMETA at Essity’s production facilities.  

Essity applies a systematic approach to secure that our suppliers globally operate in line with our Supplier Code of Conduct. Essity requires that the company’s suppliers use Sedex to conduct a self-assessment linked to working conditions, environment, business ethics and health and safety. Audits at the suppliers’ sites, in accordance with OECD guiding principles for Multinational Enterprises and UN Global Compact, are used to verify compliance and to identify and address potential social and ethical issues.