BCSD Turkey was launched in October 2004 to help Turkish companies understand the concept of sustainable development and implement it in daily business practice. It thus creates a sustainable platform that enables interaction among business leaders, government, NGOs and civil society at a national and international level.
- 19 companies.
Shared Members with WBCSD
- (6) BP, Coca-Cola, Lafarge, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Shell, TNT.
Building the Business Case
- BCSD-Turkey has adopted Vision 2050 and Action2020 as roadmaps for determining its focus areas: Environmental Capital, Social Capital, Financial Capital and Capacity Building.
- Under these four focus areas, BCSD-Turkey has 10 working groups: Water, Agriculture, Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB), Energy Efficiency in Vehicles, Health and Safety, Skills and Employment, Sustainable Finance, Innovation, Eco-labelling and Sustainable Consumption.
- Plans to organise the Innovative Sustainability Best Practices Contest in 2015.
- Organises meetings and conferences on sustainability and was an essential Partner for WBCSD in hosting the Council meeting in Istanbul in 2013.
- Action2020-related Activities
- The Energy Efficiency in Buildings programme was initiated in Turkey in 2013. Currently 28 companies have signed the EEB Manifesto, and BCSD-Turkey is now planning to collect their feedback and targets for 2015. In 2014 the organisation is also working on extending EEB signatories to the public sector and universities.
- Energy Efficiency in Vehicles is a subject that concerns all of BCSD-Turkey’s member companies. Since there is a huge potential for energy savings with no or little investment, the organisation is preparing a guideline that shows potential areas of saving through increased energy efficiency.
- Published the report Current Water Situation in Turkey and New Approaches to Water Management: Environmental Perspective, which underlines the problems with increased water use and the mistaken perception that there are water reserves in Turkey. Turkey has a growing water problem because of its increasing population and unsustainable water use, especially in agriculture. BCSD-Turkey will also organise an event during World Water Day to create public awareness, starting with the business community.
- Through its Health and Safety working group, BCSD-Turkey is planning to address issues around WASH.
Food, Feed, Fibre and Biofuel
- Consolidates best practices in agriculture that its member companies have arrived at through the use of widely accepted agriculture certification systems and eco-labels, such as the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative, the Great Anatolian Project (Guneydogu Anadolu Projesi, GAP) or the Renewable Fuels Association . The aim is to produce a code of conduct document for agriculture in partnership with academia, related government ministries, NGOs and private sector companies.
- The work group on sustainable consumption was established to be in line with the Action2020 Sustainable Lifestyles Priority Area. BCSD-Turkey is currently working on an internal communication project to promote sustainable consumption among employees in its 45 member companies.
- In 2013 a project was started to increase Turkish companies’ competitiveness abroad. The aim is to increase awareness about eco-labels that are valid and viewed positively by exporting companies. A document on this issue is in development.
- Organised the first such forum in May 2013 and plans to host another in 2014, partnering with Global Compact Network Turkey and UNEP FI. The earlier target group of banks will be expanded to include broader financial sector players that have a role as investors in sustainability projects. In addition, BCSD-Turkey plans to include Borsa İstanbul (Istanbul Stock Exchange).
- BCSD-Turkey is currently in the research phase of devising a contest and appropriate criteria to promote best practice principles in sustainable finance.
- Aims to convene all important finance sector players in Turkey during a meeting in September 2014, inform them about BCSD-Turkey’s activities, and invite them to become members and part of the Financial Capital working group.
- Government Engagement and External Collaboration
- BCSD-Turkey collaborates frequently with various ministries in the Turkish government.
Global Network Collaboration