Iconic Worldwide passes international ESG audit

Iconic Worldwide managing director Datuk Tan Kean Tet

PETALING JAYA: Iconic Worldwide Bhd has passed an environmental, social and governance (ESG) responsibility audit as per the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits (Smeta) methodology, which was carried out by a third-party international audit firm.

The company that is primarily involved in tourism, property development and manufacturing of personal protective equipment (PPE), said Smeta was one of the most widely used ethical audit formats in the world and is founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation, as well as relevant local laws.

“It comprises modules such as labour standards, health and safety, management systems, environmental assessment and business ethics,” it said in a statement.

Iconic Medicare, the company’s subsidiary was certified for its glove manufacturing business after going through a four-pillar Smeta audit scope.

The audit, held at its PPE manufacturing facility in Batu Kawan, Penang, explored the extent of the employees’ social protection and ran across production subdivisions, support services and administration. Collective and individual interviews were also held at all levels of key and support personnel, it added.

Managing Director Datuk Tan Kean Tet said: “Although not compulsory, the Smeta audit programme is an activity that we willingly participated in as it is a worldwide-recognised standard of how we conduct business.

“This is especially important for us as a relatively new PPE player, and we have the advantage to be able to align our goals to the long-term goals of society.”

On Jan 15, Iconic Worldwide, via Iconic Medicare, launched a RM200mil glove and face mask manufacturing facility in Batu Kawan Industrial Park, Penang.

Six double former glove dipping lines have started running at the factory, with six more glove dipping lines and 20 medical face mask production lines to be commissioned and installed by the end of this month.

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