Conducting an Ethical Audit

At Mace’s GPE Hanover Square project, a Turkish stone company were identified as a medium-high risk supplier based on their Sedex self-assessment questionnaire and inherent risk score. With the support of the Great Portland Estates client team, Mace instructed an independent consultant to carry out a Sedex Member Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) – to better understand the working conditions of their labour.

The auditor had concerns over the payment of a ‘Living Wage’, the legality of employment of Syrian and Afghan workers, the long working hours expected by the employer organisation and evident health and safety breaches of working conditions. An improvement plan was sent to the stone supplier to close out within 90 days.

By carrying out a SMETA, Mace have driven standards in responsible procurement. Rather than using Sedex info to decide against using that supplier, Mace were able to assist them in improving their practices.

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Monitor report. MACE. London. December 2019.


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