The Global Compact, initiated by the UN since 2000, is adopted voluntarily and the efforts made to comply with these principles are announced in a report published on the UN Web page.
According to the data provided on the UNGC website (www.unglobalcompact.org) on June 2014, the Global Compact has reached over 12,000 participants from 130 countries, 8,100 of those participants are businesses and the remaining 4,271 include public agencies, local administrations, associations, foundations, trade unions, professional organizations and academic bodies. With 291 participants in Turkey, the UN Global Compact has established a local network.
In signing the Global Compact, our aim was to share our new business culture and our cognition of social responsibility internally with our Group as much as externally with our stakeholders and those around us. Today, we proudly stand at the point where we are delighted to have acted in favour of Turkey and the world by demonstrating an exemplary corporate citizenship comprised of our Group employees, distributors, and vendors.
We consistently improve our corporate structure, operations, and social responsibility, all of which are illustrated through our projects in parallel with the principles and values inherited from our founder, Vehbi Koç. Since signing the Global Compact in 2006, we have been acting with a perspective that reflects these global principles. We closely monitor the data from portals and principles that we ourselves have established within this scope and shape our decisions, accordingly.
In March 2008, we published our first Corporate Social Responsibility report covering our projects in 2006 and 2007. This year, we are once again publishing a Communication on Progress report where we reflect upon those projects already completed and the progress of our long-term projects during 2008, the year we also began gathering pertinent company data through a portal to monitor these global principles. We are continuously working to improve and disperse best practice among group companies.
Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed rights within their spheres of influence.
Principle 2: Businesses should ensure that their own operations are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
Principle 4: Businesses should uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
Principle 5: Businesses should uphold the effective abolition of child labour.
Principle 6: Businesses should uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
Principle 8: Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
Principle 9: Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally-friendly technologies.
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.