COVID-19 Modular SAQ

Sedex has developed a new COVID-19 Modular SAQ to help businesses understand the impact of COVID-19 on workers and global supply chains. This product is part of a wider suite of products Sedex is developing in response to COVID-19.

What is a modular SAQ? ​

A modular SAQ is a set of questions that sits alongside our core Sedex Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ), and can be applied to all or some of your supplier sites. This new COVID-19 specific SAQ enables you to share a targeted set of questions with suppliers to understand the impact of COVID-19 on their business, and the wellbeing of their workers. Collecting this data will help your business better understand the needs of suppliers, adapt your business operations and better respond to the impacts of COVID-19, helping to create a more resilient supply chain.

Understanding COVID-19’s impact on supply chains

The new modular SAQ helps buyers and suppliers to understand the following:

The impact on a supplier’s business

  • For example, the increase or decrease in business operations or disruption to business
  • This includes the business response to the crisis (e.g. diversification, closure, subcontracting)

Protection of workers’ health and safety 

  • Workplace​
  • Accommodation​

Protection of workers’ incomes / financial impact

  • Wages​
  • Social security benefits ​

Business reactions and resilience

  • Business continuity and relationships with customers and suppliers

If you’re an existing customer, your account manager or our Member Services Team can set this up for you. For new customers, please request to have the COVID-19 Modular SAQ applied to your account/sent to your suppliers.

Once the modular SAQ has been assigned, you can select which suppliers need to complete the bolt-on. Once its complete, you can view the answers in Sedex Advance immediately.

Sedex has produced resources and guidance to help members manage the impacts of COVID-19 on their employees and workers in their supply chains. You can find these here.


What impacts is COVID-19 likely to have on business?

Some businesses and people will be more vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19. Impacts may include:

  • Health and safety measures in places to minimise the spread and infection of COVID-19 in the workplace
  • Management of labour shortages and excessive hours
  • Financial impacts of COVID-19 on workers
  • Measures to manage stress and wellbeing of workers
  • Support from customers and for suppliers

Does the COVID-19 Modular SAQ have any additional cost?

No, the COVID-19 Modular SAQ is a bolt-on included in your Sedex membership.

Does the COVID-19 Modular SAQ replace the existing SAQ?

No, the COVID-19 Modular SAQ is a complementary supplement to the existing SAQ. If you are a Sedex supplier member, you should still aim to complete the main SAQ for your site(s). This new modular SAQ is designed specifically to understand COVID-19’s impact on supply chains.

Do I have to complete the COVID-19 Modular SAQ for all of my sites, or my business overall?

The COVID-19 Modular SAQ is assigned on a site-by-site basis, just as the core SAQ is.

How long does the COVID-19 Modular SAQ take to complete?

We estimate it will take less than one hour to complete the set of questions.

Where can I find guidance for the COVID-19 Modular SAQ?

You can find step-by-step guidance on Sedex e-Learning. You can find it under: Training and Resources >> Topics: How to use Sedex Advance >> Suppliers >> Completing Modular SAQs.