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Zorlu Holding 2022 Sustainability Report published!
Zorlu Holding has published its 2022 Sustainability Report, highlighting the sustainability-focused initiatives and best practices aligned with its Smart Life 2030 strategy. These efforts have been made possible through the collaboration and dedication of all stakeholders. The report delves into Zorlu Holding’s sustainability performance across its diverse sectors and encompasses the Group’s noteworthy practices, objectives, and sustainability projects, alongside its strategic orientations in this domain. In line with its Smart Life 2030 sustainability strategy, Zorlu Holding remains committed to working towards a more equitable, inclusive, fair, and intelligent future. Embracing the mentality of a “responsible investment holding,” the company strives to leave a more livable world for future generations, and prioritizes developing sustainable projects that are environmentally conscious and focused on creating societal benefits in every area of interaction.
Transition in leadership at Vestel
Turan Erdoğan, who has served in significant roles and carried important responsibilities at Vestel Group of Companies for 35 years, including his tenure as CEO for the past decade, passed on his role to Vestel Ticaret A.Ş. CEO Ergün Güler on September 1. Mr. Erdoğan, who will assume the role of Chief Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vestel, will continue to make valuable contributions to the company in his new capacity. He emphasized that during his tenure at Vestel, his goal was to foster the development of both Türkiye and the industry, and expressed confidence that Mr. Güler, with his wealth of knowledge and experience, will lead the company to further achievements. Vestel CEO Ergün Güler shared that he had the privilege of working closely with Turan Erdoğan during his 24-year tenure at Vestel, and expressed his satisfaction at taking over the role from someone as significant and well-respected in the industry as Turan Erdoğan.
Zorluteks and Korteks make the list in Türkiye R&D Top 250 Survey!
The “Turkishtime Türkiye R&D Top 250 Survey,” with the goal of establishing an R&D database in Türkiye, has compiled the R&D performance of Turkish companies based on data from 2022. In the report published in both English and Turkish, Zorluteks and Korteks were ranked 147th and 216th, respectively, establishing their positions as some of Türkiye’s most extensive R&D centers. Additionally, Zorluteks achieved the 26th position in the “Türkiye Women’s Employment Top 50” category, highlighting its dedicated initiatives towards promoting women’s employment. The study assessing Türkiye’s R&D performance in 2022 revealed that the 500 companies included in the research more than doubled their R&D investments compared to the previous year, reaching a total of TL 52,958 billion.
Zorlu Enerji obtains preliminary licenses for WPP with energy storage
Zorlu Enerji, which currently generates 100% of its electricity in Türkiye from renewable energy sources, will add its first electricity generation facility with storage to its portfolio with the Yeniçiftlik WPP it will establish in Tekirdağ and the Hamitabat WPP it will establish in Kırklareli. With these preliminary licenses, Zorlu Enerji is set to reach a total capacity of 375 MWe of wind power with storage through its planned investments. Ali Kındap, Zorlu Enerji’s General Manager of Investments, Operations, and Maintenance, expressed their satisfaction with EMRA’s approval of their preliminary license application. He also highlighted that the energy generated by these two power plants will be sufficient to meet the electricity needs of over 328 thousand households annually, all sourced from renewable energy.
The grand musical “1923,” specially created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Republic, makes its debut
Featuring acclaimed actors Kerem Alışık, Özge Özder, and Ece Dizdar, “1923” is a production involving a team of 200 individuals both on and off the stage. This visually stunning and multimedia-rich performance, which took 18 months to prepare and premiered last season, is now being presented to art enthusiasts at Zorlu PSM in the current season.
“1923” is a collaborative effort between Çolpan İlhan & Sadri Alışık Theater, Piu Entertainment, and Zorlu PSM, with support from Zorlu Holding and its Group companies. It stands as one of the most extensive local musical projects in Turkish theater history, delivering the tale of the National Struggle and the establishment of the Republic to new generations through a captivating stage design and a unique performance. The musical offers the audience a splendid and enchanting voyage through time.
imece publishes Learnings Report to share insights from its inspiring journey with stakeholders!
imece, a social innovation platform initiated in 2016 through a founding partnership involving ATÖLYE, S360, and Zorlu Holding, has released its “Learnings Report”. This comprehensive document showcases the collaborative efforts undertaken with civil society, the business world, and academia since its inception. It also offers insights gleaned along its impact journey, presenting examples of the work accomplished in addressing social, environmental, and cultural challenges. imece argues that “social entrepreneurs” serve as pivotal catalysts in instigating systemic change to address present challenges and pave the way for a more sustainable future. In its commitment to fostering ecosystem development, imece incorporates the viewpoints and feedback of numerous stakeholders with whom it collaborates into its Learning Report.
Vestel set to continue its volleyball investments in the new season
Vestel, a prominent supporter of Turkish sports and a symbol of Turkish volleyball over the past seven years, will continue its volleyball investments as the primary sponsor of the Turkish Volleyball Federation in the 2023-2024 season. By extending its sponsorship agreement with the Turkish Volleyball Federation (TVF) for another three years, Vestel is reaffirming its commitment to being a major supporter of Turkish volleyball in the upcoming period. In addition to its ongoing support for the Women’s Volleyball National Team, Vestel will also maintain its role as the jersey sponsor of the Men’s National Team with a chest placement. As part of its investments in volleyball, Vestel has expanded its sponsorship to include the name sponsorship for the TVF Atatürk Volleyball Hall in İzmir, in addition to its existing sponsorship of the TVF Burhan Felek Vestel Volleyball Hall. The TVF Atatürk Volleyball Hall in İzmir will now be officially named the TVF Atatürk Volleyball Hall Vestel Sports Complex.
Zorlu Enerji receives 6 awards in 9 months
Zorlu Enerji continues to expand its collection of awards, earning recognition on both national and international platforms. At the Stevie Awards, Zorlu Enerji was honored with multiple awards, including the gold award for its “Earthquake Crisis Management” project, the bronze award for its “Best Technical Support Service” project, and the silver award in the “Customer Service Department of the Year” category for its ZES brand.
In the first half of this year, Zorlu Enerji had received the “Low Carbon Hero” award for the fifth time at the 8th İstanbul Carbon Summit hosted by İstanbul Technical University. During the year, Zorlu Enerji also received the İstanbul Chamber of Industry (İSO) Green Transformation Award in recognition of its sustainability efforts. The company was also recognized as the most reputable brand in the “Energy Generation” sector in a survey conducted by the Turkish Reputation Academy.
Zorlu Enerji Marketing and Corporate Communications Director Funda Küçükosmanoğlu speaks to Zorlu Magazine
During an interview with Zorlu Magazine regarding the awards received by Zorlu Enerji from international and national platforms, Funda Küçükosmanoğlu stated that they will persist in carrying out successful initiatives recognized both nationally and internationally as part of their vision to become the energy company of the future. Stating that they prioritize sustainability in all their endeavors, aligning with Zorlu Holding’s Smart Life 2030 vision, Mrs. Küçükosmanoğlu also highlighted that they have integrated innovation and creativity into their business culture, turning sustainability into a cornerstone of their operations. She expressed that these awards serve as a reminder that they are moving in the right direction.
Vestel showcases its sustainable future-oriented products at IFA
Vestel, the leading exporter in its sector in Türkiye, participated in the International Consumer Electronics Fair (IFA 2023) for the 31st consecutive year, showcasing its latest high-tech products for the future. In an exhibition space spanning 3,000 square meters, Vestel showcased its wide range of products, including those in consumer electronics, major household appliances, smart devices, electric vehicle chargers, professional displays, automotive, and battery solutions. The new product range presented by Vestel at IFA garnered significant interest from fair visitors. Vestel CEO Ergün Güler highlighted that this year, they participated in the fair with products showcasing smart technologies and award-winning designs, emphasizing Vestel’s commitment to integrating sustainability into all their processes as they strive to become a technology company focused on simplifying life, producing accessible smart products, and delivering social and environmental benefits.
Award-winning project Eco Love Fest welcomes enthusiasts of the good life
On September 21-24, Zorlu Center hosted the third Eco Love Fest, an event that was first launched in 2021. Eco Love Fest, the first and most comprehensive sustainability festival held in shopping malls in Türkiye, greeted its attendees this year with a diverse program featuring sustainability discussions with expert speakers, ecological workshops for both children and adults, and the joy of outdoor shopping. Numerous environmentally conscious brands with unique concepts and a strong focus on sustainability participated in the festival. Zorlu Group companies were also present at Eco Love Fest, Türkiye’s first and most comprehensive sustainability festival, showcasing their environmentally friendly initiatives at their booths.
OEDAŞ digitalizes solution center, ranks first in customer satisfaction
As part of its “Satisfaction 4.0” project launched in 2021, the electricity distribution company, OEDAŞ, has completely digitalized its infrastructure to swiftly inform consumers through multiple channels in cases of planned outages or necessary field work interruptions. As part of the project, OEDAŞ has expanded its communication channels and built a more adaptable and digital infrastructure. This enables them to quickly identify the region from which consumers are calling and provide them with the necessary information in a timely manner. In addition to the Satisfaction 4.0 project, OEDAŞ has elevated its service quality through various solution-oriented initiatives, resulting in a remarkable increase in consumer satisfaction, which now stands at 87 percent.
Zorlu Holding’s “Geleceğe Bi’ Adım” (Step Into the Future) internship program completed
Zorlu Holding, with the goal of inspiring young individuals, has successfully concluded its annual “Geleceğe Bi’ Adım” (Step Into the Future) internship program designed for university students. During this four-week program, which was divided into two sessions, participants had the chance to undergo training in various subjects, enhance their career and personal development, and gain hands-on experience in the business world through project work and mentorship support. The program’s goal was for young participants to make a positive impact through their projects and, in turn, leave a lasting and sustainable imprint on Zorlu Holding. Zorlu Holding Human Resources Director Zülal Öztürk mentioned that they aim to foster the personal and career growth of young individuals through the “Geleceğe Bi’ Adım” (Step Into the Future) program. Interns who took part in the program expressed their satisfaction, highlighting its productivity and the valuable insights it provided for their career journeys.
PSM Atöyle, dedicated to cultivating emerging talents and introducing them to the theater, garners enthusiastic response!
The Zorlu Performing Arts Center (PSM) has concluded the application process for the new season of PSM Atölye. This initiative, now in its third season, offers free training to aspiring talents in the field of theater, contributing to the long-term sustainability of the cultural and artistic ecosystem. PSM Atölye, featuring three distinct courses, “Dramatic Writing,” “Theatre Directing,” and “Theatre Production,” is returning this season with the corporate backing of Mey|Diageo. The workshop is open to individuals aged 18-30 and offers training opportunities for amateur and professional directors, producers, and writers. PSM Atölye boasts a team of expert instructors from Türkiye, including accomplished directors, playwrights, and producers, along with guest instructors with international theater experience.
Stevie Gold Award for OEDAŞ’s “Can Dostlar” project
OEDAŞ was honored with the gold award in the category of Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year in Europe at the 20th Stevie International Business Award for its “Can Dostlar” (Best Friends) social responsibility project. Under the project initiated by OEDAŞ in 2021, the company meets the feeding and sheltering needs of stray animals in five cities within its service region, namely Afyonkarahisar, Bilecik, Eskişehir, Kütahya, and Uşak. Additionally, the project provides medical device support to public institutions involved in sterilization, care, and treatment of these animals.