Koç Holding and Group companies mobilize their strenghts such as know-how and qualified human resources for solving social problems. They develop long term projects by matching the areas where social needs concentrate with the resources they own, and aim to be a part of the solution.
For My Country
Started in the year 2006 by Koç Holding, “For My Country” is based on the idea of disseminating the idea of responsible citizenship. The aim of “For My Country” project is to develop a participatory attitude among Koç Group employees, dealers and suppliers towards the solution of social problems. Within the scope of “For My Country” project, which focuses on a different social need every two years, 387 local projects supporting local development were implemented in the years 2006-2007. In the years 2008-2009, 1,084,000 trees were planted in 7 For My Country Forests across the country and 18,000 children were provided with environmental education.
With the 2010-2011 practice, 103,000 people were reached through the voluntary and regular blood donor campaign aimed at raising awareness and 83,579 units of blood were donated to the Turkish Red Crescent. Koç Group has realized, with these figures, the largest blood reserve donation to the Turkish Red Crescent ever made by a company.
Within the scope of “For My Country”, the “No Barriers for My Country” project was initiated in cooperation with the Alternative Life Foundation (AYDER) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in the years 2012-2014. This project aims to create social awareness about disability through a holistic approachcharacterizedby the saying “No Barriers for My Country.” A total of 78,373 people have been reached with the educations offered in 34 Koç Group companies and in 24 cities that volunteered to participate through our For My Country Ambassador distributors, between May 2012 and December 2013. In the context of the “Right Approach to Disability” trainings, 357 volunteering trainers have been trained, and 1,534 trainings have been organized.In addition to this, 64 different studies have been realized to make our companies, distributors and stores “Disabled Friendly”. As part of the project, while the legal responsibilities of employing disabled personnel were followed, products and services devoted to the disabled were also developed. In addition, our companies realized 39 social responsibility practices in support of the project, in cooperation with NGOs as well as public institutions.
In 2013, our Group Companies alleviated the physical conditions in where they operate and many of the companies such as Ford Otosan, Arçelik, Opet, Beko, Koçtaş and Divan added the provision of “Being Disabled-Friendly” to their procedures for their new dealers and shops to be opened.
Preventing Violence Against Women
Üsküdar Police Department and Koç
Holding collaborated in 2013 and
initiated a training program in order to
strengthen the knowledge and skills of
police officers about the protection of
women victims of violence. The pilot
study for the “Preventing Violence
Against Women Training Program”,
which was prepared with the support
of the Humanist Bureau, was completed
with the trainings provided in 2013
and acctivities for the dissemination of
the project are planned to be realized