In the 2020 edition of Global Risks Report, which the World Economic Forum publishes every year, the top five global risks anticipated in the next decade are environmental risks.

These risks are: extreme weather, climate action failure, natural disasters, biodiversity loss and human-made environmental disasters. At a time when environmental risks are increasing day by day, important responsibilities are incumbent on everyone but especially on public and private organisations.

Knowing that the activities it carries out in all of its business lines are closely linked to people, society, and the environment, Tekfen considers it essential to strengthen those links. Tekfen is therefore sensitive in its approach to using natural resources correctly and sustainably and to carrying out its operations so as to have the least possible impact on the environment. The Tekfen Group regards respect for the environment and society and the development of eco-friendly technologies as its two most fundamental priorities when planning for the future.

 

In the 2020 edition of Global Risks Report, which the World Economic Forum publishes every year, the top five global risks anticipated in the next decade are environmental risks.

The United Nations Global Compact that Tekfen Holding signed in 2018 in line with its sustainability vision is an important tool that will help the Tekfen Group advance its environmental approach even more. In keeping with this, the Tekfen Group has committed itself to expanding measures aimed at minimising the environmental impact of its operations, to creating a sustainable production and consumption programme for each of its business processes, to engaging in efforts to increase its stakeholders’ awareness of potential environmental risks.

Tekfen Group companies have chosen the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard as their guide when dealing with environmental issues. Environmental management systems conforming to the ISO 14001:2015 standard have been installed at Tekfen Construction’s headquarters and all project worksites and workplaces, at Tekfen Manufacturing’s headquarters and Derince plant, and at Toros Tarım’s headquarters and Mersin, Samsun, and Ceyhan production plants.

Climate Change

The most fundamental requirements for companies that want to ensure sustainable growth in today's world are to enhance their abilities for correct perception, quick reaction and fast decision-making, as well as building future plans on sound foundations. The keywords for such a foundation are first and foremost respect for the environment and society and technological advance.

In recent years, Tekfen Holding has begun incorporating the growing effects of climate change on the environment, society and the economy into its business strategies within the framework of sustainable business and risk management. Since 2010, Tekfen Group companies have been recording their data concerning climate change and reporting their greenhouse gas emission performances within the Group in accordance with the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) reporting criteria. Tekfen Group Companies have decided in 2017 to officially join the CDP Climate Change Program and make their reports accessible to the public.

In addition, Coordination Departments for Sustainability, Compliance and HSE&Q have been established at the Holding level to carry institutionalization to the next level in line with a sustainable management structure; and a series of activities and events are being organized throughout the Group to introduce the concept of "responsible corporate citizen" to the management level as well as the whole 15,000-strong Tekfen family and to help them adopt its principles.

Leadership, coordination, and supervision provided by the Holding center ensures that our environmental policies are strictly carried out in each of our businesses - international contracting, agri-industry, and real estate development. Tekfen Group companies continue their activities with the goal of setting "good practice" examples in their industries.

Climate Change
Water Management

As a natural resource, water is perhaps the most important of the issues confronting the world today. The per capita amount of quality water available in the world is decreasing day by day and competition in the management of water is being felt even more. For the business world, this situation means understanding the risks and opportunities that changing conditions bring to companies and accordingly revising their operations, products and services, business models, and all processes as may be necessary.

Tekfen has set out its water management principles and commitments in the Tekfen Water Policy, which it has announced to its employees and to all other stakeholders. WATER Policy

Tekfen has publicly disclosed its water management strategies, risks and opportunities, management methods, and similar issues via CDP Water Security Report.

Tekfen Holding was the only company in Turkey that whose CDP reports received “A-” scores in both the CDP Climate Change and CDP Water categories in 2019. This success made the company the country’s Climate Change and Water Leader.

Water Management
Biodiversity

Increasing consumption associated with rapidly-growing world population is becoming an ever-greater threat to biodiversity nowadays. Tekfen is aware that unless human-caused damage to biodiversity is prevented, many microorganism, fungus, plant, and animal species will disappear and likewise that species extinction and degraded ecosystems will adversely affect people’s access to clean water, air, and wholesome food. BIODIVERSITY Policy

Biodiversity